Volume! The French Journal of Popular Music Studies (subtitled in French: La revue des musiques populaires) is a biannual (May and November) peer-reviewed academic journal "dedicated to the study of contemporary popular music".[1][2][3][4] It is published by the Éditions Mélanie Seteun, a publishing association specialized since 1998[5] in the cultural sociology of popular music.[6]

DisciplinePopular music studies
LanguageEnglish, French
Edited byEmmanuel Parent
Publication details
Former name(s)
Copyright Volume!
Delayed, after 3 years
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Volume!
ISSN1634-5495 (print)
1950-568X (web)
OCLC no.237795939


Volume! was established in 2002[7][8] under the title Copyright Volume! by Gérôme Guibert, Marie-Pierre Bonniol, and Samuel Étienne, and obtained its current name in 2009. Étienne (Université de la Polynésie Française) was its first editor-in-chief (2002–2008), before Stéphane Dorin (2009), Gérôme Guibert (2010-2017) and Emmanuel Parent (2017-2022) took over.

Special issuesEdit

Volume ! n°8-1 "Peut-on parler de musique noire ?" ("What is it we call 'Black music'?")

The journal publishes special issues on various topics in popular music studies, new musicology, ethnomusicology,[9] sociology, geography, cultural history, cultural studies, aesthetics, etc.

Recent topics include music videos (2018, n° 14-2), Jamaican Music (2017, n° 13-2),[10] French punk scenes (2016, N° 13-1),[11] The Beatles (2016, n° 12-2),[12] French chanson and immigration (2015, n°12-1),[13][14] "nostalgia" (2015, n°11-1),[15] music and dance (2014, n°10-2),[16] "listening" (2013, n°10-1),[17] Black music (2011, n°8-1)[18] gender and race issues in hip hop (2011, n°8-2),[19] "metal studies",[20] "countercultures" (2012, n°9-1 & 9-2),[21] and cover versions (2010, n°7-1 & 7-2),[22]

Volume! publishes a "varia" section for articles not related to the main topic, plus editorials, letters, and book reviews.


Online accessEdit

Since November 2011, Volume ! is included in the French academic journals portal Revues.org [fr][23] and since December 2011 in the Belgian portal, Cairn.info. All issues are available online on Openedition.org (formerly Revues.org); the six latest ones are on Cairn.info with the last four under restricted access. Since June 2016, it is also on RILM Abstracts with Full Text (RAFT).[24]

Abstracting and indexingEdit

The journal is abstracted and indexed in the International Index to Music Periodicals,[25] the Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale,[26] the Music Index and Music & Performing Arts Online. The articles dealing with jazz are indexed on the Jazz Institut Darmstadt bibliography[27] and the ones dealing with heavy metal/hard rock on the University of Central Missouri/ISMMS's metal studies bibliography.[28] Volume ! is registered by the AERES[29][failed verification] in the 18th section ("Arts").


The journal is classified by the AERES (18th section of the CNU, May 2012). It is published with the support of the French National Book Center (Centre national du livre)[30] and the French National Centre for Scientific Research.[31]

Events and partnershipsEdit

Vibrations. Musiques, médias, sociétéEdit

Volume and the Éditions Mélanie Seteun have directed the electronic publication of the first French popular music studies journal Vibrations. Musiques, médias, société, created by Antoine Hennion, Jean-Rémy Julien and Jean-Claude Klein in the mid-1980s, on the French academic portal Persée.[32]


The journal is a frequent partner of the French-speaking branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM): it publishes the winner of the association's "young researcher" annual award.[33]


It also published a special international, English edition of its "countercultures" issues with Ashgate Publishing,[34] a partnership with the Éditions Mélanie Seteun that had already taken place for the publication of the book Stereo: Comparative Perspectives on the Sociological Study of Popular Music in France and Britain.[35]


It has co-organized many conferences, among which:

  • "Rock and violences in Europe (1955-1990)", in 2017;[36]
  • "Conçues pour durer. Perspectives francophones sur les musiques hip-hop";[37]
  • "Heavy metal et sciences sociales : un état des lieux de la recherche francophone" in Angers (December 2014),;[38][39]
  • the 2013 "Changing the Tune. Popular music and politics in the XXIst century" international conference in Strasbourg[40] with the German association ASPM and the French branch of the IASPM.;[41]
  • In November 2012, it participated in the conference on "Digital Publishing in the Humanities. Perspectives from France and Canada" organized by the French Consulate in Toronto, the French Institute, the University of Toronto, and York University.;[42]
  • "What is it we call “Black music”?" in Bordeaux, 2010.[43]


It organizes events (conferences, concerts) with various institutions, such as the Musée du Quai Branly,[44] the Centre Georges Pompidou public library,[45] the Cité de la Musique,[46] the Philharmonie de Paris,[47] La Gaîté Lyrique,[48] the Collège International de Philosophie,[49] or the Centre Musical Fleury Goutte d'Or-Barbara,[50] as well as with record labels/festivals, such as the festival "F.A.M.E. Film Music & Experience" in March 2014,[51][52] or in May 2012, the "Humanist Records Festival #3"[53] and venues, such as the Point Éphémère.[54]

The "Great Black Music"[55] exhibit at the Cité de la Musique[56] in Paris was co-curated by journalist Marc Benaïche and ethnomusicologist Emmanuel Parent.[57][58] The latter, a member of the journal's team since 2004,[59] had co-organized the 2010 "What is it we call Black Music?" (Peut-on parler de musique noire ?) conference in Bordeaux[60] whose proceedings were published in Volume! (n°8-1, 2011). He was also in charge of editing the exhibit's catalogue.[61]


From October 2012 to January 2013, Volume! editors were offered sequences on François Saltiel's show on Le Mouv'.,[62] and the Radio Télévision Suisse dedicated two issues of "Histoire Vivante" to Volume! in October 2013.[63] A partnership with the website La vie des idées [fr], created by historian Pierre Rosanvallon, to publish reviews of books dealing with popular music, was started in November 2013.[64]


  1. ^ Cécile Prévost-Thomas (2010). "Note de synthèse bibliographique : les nouvelles perspectives en sociologie de la musique". L'Année Sociologique. 60 (2): 403–417. doi:10.3917/anso.102.0403. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  2. ^ Philippe Le Guern, "The Study of popular music between sociology and aesthetics : a survey of current research in France", in Hugh Dauncey & Chris Cannon (eds.) (2003), Popular music in France from Chanson to Techno. Culture, Identity, Society, Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 7-8, note 2.
  3. ^ Reviewing issues n° 8-1 and 8-2, Frédéric Sylvanise - "maître de conférence" at the Paris 13 university - writes that the journal "contributes to essential discussions on contemporary popular music." Cf. « Y a-t-il une musique noire ? », La Vie des idées, 29 October 2012. ISSN 2105-3030.
  4. ^ Bruno Péquignot, "Volume! la revue de recherche sur les musiques populaires, 10 ans", La Revue des revues, n° 49, 2013, p. 89-93.
  5. ^ Announcement in Journal Officiel de la République Française
  6. ^ "À propos". Éditions Mélanie Seteun. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  7. ^ Le Guern, Philippe (2007). "En arrière la musique ! Sociologies des musiques populaires en france. La genèse d'un champ". Réseaux. 25 (141–142): 15. doi:10.3917/res.141.0015.
  8. ^ Brandl, Emmanuel (2006). "À propos des musiques populaires : Le rock". Mouvements. 47–48 (5): 220. doi:10.3917/mouv.047.0220.
  9. ^ Rupert Till (June 2013). "Twenty First Century Popular Music Studies". IASPM@Journal. 3 (2): 1–14. doi:10.5429/2079-3871(2013)v3i2.1en.: "There are various other international journals that mix PMS and ethnomusicological approaches, often based within, and reaching out from, a particular region. These include journals such as Latin American Music Review, South African Music Studies, Brazilian Journal of Song Studies, and Volume! The French Journal of Popular Music Studies."
  10. ^ Cf. this interview with the editor, on France Culture.
  11. ^ Cf. this interview with the editors, on France Inter, this one on France Culture.
  12. ^ Cf. this interview with Olivier Julien on France Culture, this one on the program "Diagonale Sonore", or this page.
  13. ^ Charline Lecarpentier, "De la diversité dans la variété", Libération, 26 January 2016.
  14. ^ The selected proceedings of the conference held at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
  15. ^ Raphaël Bourgois, "Le pouvoir nostalgique de la musique", France Culture, "La Grande Table", 5 March 2015.
  16. ^ Table of contents here
  17. ^ Cf. this interview on Vincent Théval's show "Label Pop" on France Musique.
  18. ^ François Mauger. "Les musiques noires, des musiques liées à la couleur de peau ?". Mondomix. Retrieved 2012-07-31., Susie Bourquier. "La "musique noire" existe-t-elle vraiment ?". Europe1. Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  19. ^ Cf. Frédéric Sylvanise, « Y a-t-il une musique noire ? », La Vie des idées, 29 October 2012. ISSN 2105-3030.
  20. ^ France Culture documentary on the Hellfest.
  21. ^ Cf. this review on the website Citazine, this conference at the Centre Barbara-Fleury Goutte d'Or.
  22. ^ Cf. Jacques Munier during his segment "L'actualité des revues" on France Culture, or Éric Deshayes on the website Néosphères. Cf. Thomas Vendryes (and Emmanuel Parent) interviewed on France Culture, about his article on cover versions in Jamaican music.
  23. ^ "Volume !". OpenEdition. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  24. ^ Cf. RILM Abstracts with Full text.
  25. ^ International Index to Music Periodicals title list.
  26. ^ RILM Abstracts of Music Literature.
  27. ^ Jazz Institut website Archived 2007-04-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  28. ^ here. A first version of this bibliography, edited by Keith Kahn Harris and Fabien Hein, was published in Volume! here.
  29. ^ As an independent administrative authority set up in 2007, the AERES (French evaluation agency for research and higher education) is tasked with evaluating research and higher education institutions, research organisations, research units, higher education programmes and degrees and with approving their staff evaluation procedures (Profile of the Agency).
  30. ^ Bilan annuel des aides 2009 Archived 2011-11-05 at the Wayback Machine, French National Book Center
  31. ^ Revues soutenues en 2011, INSHS, CNRS; Revues soutenues en 2010, INSHS, CNRS.
  32. ^ Vibrations, on Persée.
  33. ^ "Prix Jeune Chercheur". IASPM - branche francophone d’Europe. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  34. ^ Cf. Jordan Blum, Review of Countercultures and Popular Music, Pop Matters, 13 November 2014, and this review.
  35. ^ Hugh Dauncey and Philippe Le Guern (2010), Stereo: Comparative Perspectives on the Sociological Study of Popular Music in France and Britain, Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, ISBN 978-1-4094-0568-9 ; Sheila Whiteley et Jedediah Sklower (2014), Countercultures and Popular Music, Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, ISBN 978-1-4724-2106-7.
  36. ^ Programme.
  37. ^ Programme., in 2017
  38. ^ Sophian Fanen, Gérôme Guibert : «Le metal donne à ses fans une forme d’énergie face à l’adversité», Libération, 26 December 2014.
  39. ^ Cf. the program here.
  40. ^ this review of the conference in the academic journal Le Temps des Médias, this announcement, in the journal Rue 89, or this reference on the journal Sibetrans.
  41. ^ Popular Music and Politics CFP, mentioning the ASPM.
  42. ^ the presentation of the conference.
  43. ^ Presentation.
  44. ^ Musée du Quai Branly.
  45. ^ "Trafic de Stéréotypes. Le rap, entre business et style", De Ligne en ligne Archived 2012-11-08 at the Wayback Machine n°9, October 2012, pp. 32-33, broadcast on France Culture here.
  46. ^ "POP MUSIC - POP MUSÉE - Un nouveau défi patrimonial". Cité de la musique. Retrieved 2012-07-31.; download the programme.
  47. ^ The conferences "La scène punk en France", "watching music.
  48. ^ this conference on hip-hop, or this series on "blackness and queerness Archived 2014-02-22 at the Wayback Machine", popular music and teenagers and musical hits Archived 2014-02-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  49. ^ this series of conferences on listening to "electrified music".
  50. ^ this conference on gender and racial issues in hip-hop, this one on popular music and the 1960s counterculture.
  51. ^ Three debates.
  52. ^ Article in Libération.
  53. ^ "Partenaires". Humanist Records Festival #3. Retrieved 2012-07-31..
  54. ^ Debate on "Sound Factory", here, published by the Éditions Mélanie Seteun, on the "countercultures" issue as well as on the "listening" one.
  55. ^ Term coined by members of the Art Ensemble of Chicago in the mid-1960s.[citation needed]
  56. ^ Exhibit's website.
  57. ^ The presentation of the exhibit.
  58. ^ The following articles and interviews: in Telerama here, Libération here, L'Humanité here, Le Point here, Europe 1 here, TSF Jazz here.
  59. ^ CV Emmanuel Parent.
  60. ^ here.
  61. ^ Actes Sud's website
  62. ^ show on rock museums, Show on the counterculture in France.
  63. ^ Cf. this interview of G. Guibert and this one of J. Sklower.
  64. ^ "Le bruissement de la raison", 2 December 2013, or "Dancing with the devil. Panorama des 'metal studies'", 5 November 2013.

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