'I'm Set Free...': The Velvet Underground, 1960s counterculture, and Michel Foucault

Bannister, Matthew (2010) 'I'm Set Free...': The Velvet Underground, 1960s counterculture, and Michel Foucault. Popular Music and Society, 33 (2). pp. 163-178. ISSN 0300-7766

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03007760903142889

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This article explores concepts of freedom, repression, and sexuality in Western society and popular music, in relation to selected aspects of Michel Foucault's writing and the work of the Velvet Underground. Both were critically responding to the “repressive hypothesis” implicit in 1960s countercultural discourses of liberation from oppression, by highlighting the role of the gaze in power relations, its role in both disciplining and constructing sexual and other identities, and how possibilities for action or resistance can be enacted only through material and pragmatic interventions within existing power relations, rather than by reference to an imagined Utopia "beyond power."

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords that describe the item:Popular Music, Foucault, Velvet Underground, repressive hypothesis, counterculture
Subjects:M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Divisions:Schools > School of Media Arts
ID Code:739
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