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Pop Music, Culture and Identity

Popular Music in Eastern Europe

Breaking the Cold War Paradigm

Editors: Mazierska, Ewa (Ed.)

  • Considers different aspects of popular music, such as cultural policy, censorship, journalism and stars
  • Covers most Eastern European countries
  • Written by specialists with inside knowledge of Eastern European music
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This book explores popular music in Eastern Europe during the period of state socialism, in countries such as Poland, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Romania, Czechoslovakia, the GDR, Estonia and Albania. It discusses the policy concerning music, the greatest Eastern European stars, such as Karel Gott, Czesław Niemen and Omega, as well as DJs and the music press. By conducting original research, including interviews and examining archival material, the authors take issue with certain assumptions prevailing in the existing studies on popular music in Eastern Europe, namely that it was largely based on imitation of western music and that this music had a distinctly anti-communist flavour. Instead, they argue that self-colonisation was accompanied with creating an original idiom, and that the state not only fought the artists, but also supported them. The collection also draws attention to the foreign successes of Eastern European stars, both within the socialist bloc and outside of it.
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Reviews

“This collection represents a multidisciplinary examination of popular music in Eastern Europe during the period of state socialism. By exploring the music of these countries with an internal focus, rather than in a simplistic relation to Western popular culture and the Western imagination, the role of the DJ, of stars, of journalism, of language and technology, as well as politics and youth culture are explored in relation to national politics and culture, between nations and between cultures. What emerges is a series of detailed explorations of music in individual contexts that collectively draw attention to the complexities and nuances of popular music production and consumption in the Eastern Bloc.” (Simon Poole, Falmouth University, UK)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Mazierska, Ewa

    Pages 1-27

  • Propagated, Permitted or Prohibited? State Strategies to Control Musical Entertainment in the First Two Decades of Socialist Hungary

    Ignácz, Ádám

    Pages 31-49

  • Pop-Rock and Propaganda During the Ceaușescu Regime in Communist Romania

    Pop, Doru

    Pages 51-67

  • Estonian Invasion as Western Ersatz-pop

    Ventsel, Aimar

    Pages 69-88

  • The Eagle Rocks: Isolation and Cosmopolitanism in Albania’s Pop-Rock Scene

    Williams, Bruce

    Pages 89-106

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  • ISBN 978-1-137-59272-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Popular Music in Eastern Europe
Book Subtitle
Breaking the Cold War Paradigm
Editors
  • Ewa Mazierska
Series Title
Pop Music, Culture and Identity
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59273-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59273-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59272-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 311
Number of Illustrations and Tables
16 b/w illustrations
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