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Novi talas u Jugoslaviji: socio-politički kontekst
New Wave In Yugoslavia: Socio-Political Context

Author(s): Jelena N. Božilović
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Универзитет у Нишу
Keywords: New Wave; Subculture; SFRY; Socialist ideology; Urban culture

Summary/Abstract: This paper analyzes the social and political implications of a popular culture music trend known as New Wave in SFRY. This trend was created in Great Britain and USA by the end of the 1970’s but it “moved” to our country; as well; due to its opennes to Western culture. The Yugoslav New Wave was not a sheer copy of the Western trend but it managed to create its own original music expression becoming a phenomenon of one generation. The most popular new wave bands (Prljavo kazalište; Azra; Haustor; Film; Lajbah; Šarlo akrobata; Električni orgazam; Idoli) left a significant mark on the society; generation and the whole epoch not only in the sense of the music they created but also in the social; cultural and political sense. The New Wave was an avant-gard music trend whose ideals were reflected in simple musical forms; characteristic ideological engagement; visual presentations (music album covers and posters) and particularly in their lyrics full of irony; allusions and metaphors in relation to the establishment of the time. The paper compares the Western and Yugoslav new wave and punk music with a reference to their achievements and influence which is still present in contemporary culture.

  • Issue Year: 12/2013
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 69-83
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: English