Rock Culture in a Small Town in the 60s and early 70s  Cover Image

Рок културата в малкия град през 60-те и началото на 70-години
Rock Culture in a Small Town in the 60s and early 70s

Author(s): Yana Yancheva
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН

Summary/Abstract: This article focuses on some trends in the continuity of rock culture in a small town in Northwestern Bulgaria from in the latee 60s and early 70s. The subjects of the study are representatives of the closer and basic circle of subcultural rock fans. Through the analysis of biographical interviews with two rock fans of this generation the article will show how they retrospectively evaluated their youth and their everyday practices, penchants and points of view. The study of the local subcultural community aims to reveal on a reflexive level the existence and functioning of a particular youth culture which breaks the traditional and socialist notions of youth behavior and acts as a counter-culture of socialist everyday culture. It would allow a denser cognitive picture of youth (sub)culture in Bulgaria, not only in the socialist period, but also in the post-socialist situation, understanding of how micro communities construct their identities and fit into the macro frame of rock and youth culture in general. The focus of the study is on the assessment of those practices and actions that are seen as crucial to the respondents’ belonging to the rock culture and thus they place them in a conflict with the socialist norms of behavior. This study is interested in the retrospective rationalization of belonging to the rock culture as affecting the life path and viewpoints.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 94-117
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Bulgarian