Metal, Rap, and Electro in post-revolutionary Tunisia. A Fragile Underground

Barone, Stefano orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-0437-9452 (2019) Metal, Rap, and Electro in post-revolutionary Tunisia. A Fragile Underground. Routledge Studies in Popular Music Series . Routledge, Oxon/New York. ISBN 978-1-138-48620-1 (hbk) 978-1-351-04611-4 (ebk)

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Metal, Rap, and Electro in post-revolutionary Tunisia is a trip into the music scenes of Tunisia after the Arab Springs. Based on extensive field research, it explores the social life of heavy metal, rap, and electronic music in a North African country whose mass revolution of 2010/2011 led the way to a troubled and yet unique democracy. How is it to be part of a music scene in a place affected by severe inequality? How do the many conflictual souls of Tunisian Islam shape local metal, rap, and electro? What are the social and cultural stakes of music in a nation constantly represented as a bridge between Europe and the Middle East? How do music scenes articulate the complex political scenario that followed the Tunisian revolution of 2011? The book answers these questions by offering new theoretical reflections on youth cultures and popular music in a global perspective, and thus pushing the debate on “post-subcultures” and music scenes forward. At the same time, it offers a dense sociological analysis of youth and music in a country whose society, culture, religion, and politics are stakes in a historical transformation.

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