1st Edition

Eastern European Music Industries and Policies after the Fall of Communism From State Control to Free Market

Edited By Patryk Galuszka Copyright 2021
    226 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    226 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    During the last thirty years Eastern Europe has been a place of radical political, economic, and social transformation, and these changes have affected the cultural industries of its countries. This volume consists of twelve chapters by  leading international researchers. Stories are documented of various organisations that once dominated the ‘communist music industries’ — such as state-owned record companies, music festivals, and collecting societies. The strategies employed by artists and industries to join international music markets after the fall of communism are explained and evaluated. Political and economic transformations that coincided with the advent of digitalisation and the Internet intensified the changes. All these issues posed challenges both to record labels and artists who, after adjusting to the rules of the free-market economy, were faced with the falling record sales of records caused by the advent of new communication technologies. This book examines how these processes have all affected the music scene, industries, and markets in various Eastern European countries.

    Part I: Introduction

    1. Contextualising research on the Eastern European music industries

    Patryk Galuszka

    2. Creating a market economy in Eastern Europe: Economic reform as the central theme of the transition

    Tomasz Legiedz

    Part II: Russia

    3. Piracy as an institutionalised social practice in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia

    Marco Biasioli

    4. ‘We have no music industry!’ Exploring the context of post-Soviet music making through the lens of contemporary Swedo-Russian collaborations

    Ingrid M Tolstad

    Part III: Central Europe

    5. Socialist riches to capitalist rags: The disintegration of the GDR music industry during German reunification

    Sven Kube

    6. Collective management of copyright during communism and transition – A case study of the Society of Authors ZAiKS

    Anna Pluszyńska

    7. The National Festival of Polish Song in Opole: The transformation of legal, economic, and political circumstances over fifty years of the Polish music industry

    Katarzyna Korzeniewska 

    8. Pohoda: the importance of Slovakia’s greatest festival

    Peter Barrer 

    9. Managing the Eastern European position in the digital era: music industry showcase events and popular music export in Hungary

    Emília Barna

    Part IV: Southeast Europe

    10. The Romanian music scene: The social economy of pop music in the post-socialist period

    Elena Trifan

    11. Come visit (our past) again: How municipalities encourage retro rock culture on the Bulgarian music scene

    Gergana Rayzhekova

    12. The Yugoslav and post Yugoslav alternative rock canon presented in the music press

    Julijana Papazova


    Patryk Galuszka is an associate professor in the Faculty of Economics and Sociology at the University of Lodz, Poland.