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Възникване и характерни практики на рок културата в малкия град
Occurrence and Practices of the Rock Culture in a Small Town

Author(s): Yana Yancheva
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Culture and social structure
Published by: Пловдивски университет »Паисий Хилендарски«
Keywords: rock culture in the 1960s and early 70s in Bulgaria; youth culture ideology; socialism
Summary/Abstract: This article aims to show the trends in the occurrence and development of the rock culture in a small town in Northwest Bulgaria in the 1960s and early 70s. The focus is on how it is perceived by young people and what place it has in their lives. The article is part of a larger study, interested in how rock culture fits into the cultural, social and political life of the town subject to the study for several decades from the 1960s to the 21st century.Using the analysis of the biographical and thematic interviews with representatives of this generation, I’ve tried to present their everyday practices, passions and ideas that are perceived as decisive for their belonging to rock culture; what place it occupies in the life of young people. Local community research aims to reveal on a reflexive level the existence and functioning of youth culture that contradicts or is stigmatized by the norms and ideology of the socialist regime and appears as a counterculture of the socialist everyday culture.