Over the last decade (2000 to 2010) feature film has been a popular way of representing the life of music artists (during this period, over 20 have been theatrically released from the USA and UK alone). From successful, mainstream Hollywood films such as Walk the Line (James Mangold 2005) and The Soloist2 (Joe Wright 2009), to the more avant-garde I'm Not There3 (Todd Haynes, 2007) and, on the international circuit, Gainsbourg4 (Joann Safar 2010) and La Vie En Rose5 (Olivier Dahan 2007), the contemporary musical biopic (biographical film) changes the public perception of these artists and their music. The musical biopic contributes to popular music history and culture: either perpetuating or debunking the constructed myth (through media representations) of the music artist.
|Title of host publication||Instruments of change|
|Subtitle of host publication||proceedings of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Australia-New Zealand 2010 Conference|
|Editors||Jennifer Cattermole, Graeme Smith, Shane Homan|
|Place of Publication||Melbourne|
|Publisher||International Association for the Study of Popular Music|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|Event||International Association for the Study of Popular Music Australia-New Zealand Conference - Melbourne|
Duration: 24 Nov 2010 → 26 Nov 2010
|Conference||International Association for the Study of Popular Music Australia-New Zealand Conference|
|Period||24/11/10 → 26/11/10|
Spirou, P. (2011). Behind the music: representations of popular music artists in the contemporary musical biopic. In J. Cattermole, G. Smith, & S. Homan (Eds.), Instruments of change: proceedings of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Australia-New Zealand 2010 Conference (pp. 131-136). Melbourne: International Association for the Study of Popular Music.