“Play it yourself”: Swedish music in movement
1993 (English)In: Social Science Information, ISSN 0539-0184, Vol. 32, no 1, 39-65 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In Sweden, rock music has in many different ways and phases moved young people into action. Listening to music, and making rock, induces new thoughts that can inspire social and political activity, as is well known in the general mythology of rock-as-rebellion. In the 1970s, an “alternative”, “non-commercial” or “progressive” music movement was born, and it is informative to study how and why it formed, developed and (at least in some ways) faded away. It can be studied as an interesting historical example of a new, youthful social and cultural movement, and its history mirrors the general changes of late modern society and culture. This history also contains clues to the understanding of music’s moving potentials, in opposition to dominant norms of society, to outdated traditional authorities, to adult institutions and to power interests based on market, state, class, gender, ethnicity or geography. This text will deal with these issues. In what way has the Swedish music movement experimented with organizing alternatives to dominant market and state mechanisms, with resisting external pressures and with formulating progressivity and emancipation in terms of cultural policy? How does it illuminate the mobilizing potentials of music?
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1993. Vol. 32, no 1, 39-65 p.
youth culture, Sweden, popular music, politics, history
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-15603OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-15603DiVA: diva2:126735
The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in: Social Science Information, (32), 1, 39-65, 1993.Johan Fornäs, “Play it yourself”: Swedish music in movement.http://ssi.sagepub.com/content/vol32/issue1/. by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. http://www.sagepub.com/2008-11-202008-11-202009-05-14Bibliographically approved