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„Нашият труд е песента“
'The Song is our Work’

(peoples music in Bulgarian radio programs from the first years of Socialism and its ‘soft power’)

Author(s): Dimov Ventsislav
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, History, Anthropology, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, Education, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Cultural history, Museology & Heritage Studies, Music, Library and Information Science, Visual Arts, Archiving, Cataloguing, Classification, Information Architecture, Electronic information storage and retrieval, Education and training, Applied Linguistics, Political Sciences, Civil Society, Communication studies, Sociology, Ethnohistory, History of ideas, Local History / Microhistory, Film / Cinema / Cinematography, Philology, Sociology of Art, History of Art
Published by: Факултет по журналистика и масова комуникация, Софийски университет „Св. Кл. Охридски”
Keywords: peoples music; state socialism; people's democracy; Bulgarian radio; soft power

Summary/Abstract: peoples music, state socialism, people's democracy, Bulgarian radio, soft powerThe article describes the main power concepts and practices, related to music in Bulgarian radio during the first years of socialist Bulgaria – the Fatherland front period (1944-1947), when the authorities start to take possession of state radio, under the guise of “people’s democracy”; and the totalitarian period (1948-1956) – a period of “classical Stalinism”, a time of the completed control of radio and media music by the communist power. The focus is on the so called folk music in radio, which turns out to be one of the main conduits of “soft power” in the first years of Bulgarian national socialism. Its presence in the narratives of communist power, its place in radio programs, its main figures and formats, its power uses as “music for the people” and some discourses as “correct” and “incorrect” music, according to authorities, are examined.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 8-34
  • Page Count: 27
  • Language: Bulgarian