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Behind the music : representations of popular music artists in the contemporary musical biopic
International Association for the Study of Popular Music Australia-New Zealand Conference (24 - 26 November 2010 : Melbourne)
Cattermole, Jennifer; Smith, Graeme and Homan, Shane. Instruments of change : proceedings of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Australia-New Zealand 2010 Conference, p.131-136
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.