Rock 'n' Roll and Nationalism: A Multinational Perspective

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Dec 1, 2005 - Music - 175 pages
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In the mid-twentieth century, pop music joined classical and folk as an important site of the formation and renewal of nationalism. Rock 'n' Roll and Nationalism: A Multinational Perspective, deals -- in essays on Croatia, Bosnia, England, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Slovenia, and the United States -- with the fascinating interplay between national and nationalistic identities and emotions and the rock music idiom.
This scholarly enquiry brings together the talents of observers of popular music, including academic and independent scholars, and rock performers and journalists. Though the authors use many methodologies to get at their subjects, they all include thick description of the cultural systems around which rock in the eight different countries is structured. The author's insights into the detail and nuance of their topics will lead readers to new understanding of the subject of rock and roll and nationalism, and also provide them with a fruitful jumping off point for thoughtful further research. Most of the papers included in this volume were presented at two extraordinary international conferences, Popular Music and National Culture, held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in November 2000 and Crossroads in Cultural Studies, held in Tampere, Finland, in June-July 2002.

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About the author (2005)

Mark Yoffe received his Ph.D. in Russian Literature from the University of Michigan. He is Curator of the International Counterculture Archive and a Slavic Librarian at the Gelman Library of the George Washington University. He teaches courses on Slavic folklore and culture for the Departments of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Anthropology at the same university. His scholarly interests include study of popular music, urban folklore, witchcraft and demonology, countercultures and contemporary Russian culture.

Jean Nienkamp is a doctoral candidate in English at The Pennsylvania State University. Andrea Collins, a poet, works with Associated Writing Programs in Norfolk, Virginia and is an adjunct faculty member at Old Dominion University.
Cathy N. Davidson, Professor of English at Duke University and editor of American Literature, has published most recently Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America and Reading in America: Literature and Social History.

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