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Title: Rocking The State: Rock Music And Politics ...
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication Date: 1994
Book Condition: Good
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Rock music, and the youth culture that it expressed, was one of the most effective mouthpieces for dissent in communist societies. Self-appointed "rock rebels" used their lyrics and the raucousness of their music to attack the regime. Communist authorities were quick to recognize the potential threat of these bands bent on "rocking the State", and reacted in different ways. While some refused to accept rock music at all, others - such as the East German leadership - tried to control and monitor rock through State-imposed regulations. Strategies for control ranged from requiring musicians and DJs to pass tests on Marxist ideology, to censoring lyrics, record covers and clothing, and insisting on haircuts for band members. The contributors to this book reflect in detail and at a wider level upon the use of rock music as a powerful tool in the political sub-culture of the communist states.About the Author:
Sabrina P. Ramet is professor of political science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. She is the author of six other books, among them Whose Democracy? Nationalism, Religion, and the Doctrine of Collective Rights in Post-1989 Eastern Europe(1997) and Nihil Obstat: Religion, Politics, and Social Change in East-Central Europe and Russia(1998). She has also edited a dozen books, mostly about Eastern Europe and Russia.
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