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Made in Sweden

Studies in Popular Music, 1st Edition

Edited by Alf Björnberg, Thomas Bossius


256 pages

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Made in Sweden: Studies in Popular Music serves as a comprehensive and rigorous introduction to the history, sociology and musicology of twentieth-century Swedish popular music. The volume consists of essays by leading scholars of Swedish popular music and covers the major figures, styles and social contexts of pop music in Swedish.  Although the vast majority of the contributors are Swedish, the essays are expressly written for an international English-speaking audience. No knowledge of Swedish music or culture will be assumed. Each essay provides adequate context so readers understand why the figure or genre under discussion is of lasting significance to Swedish popular music; each section features a brief introduction by the volume editors. The book presents a general description of the history and background of Swedish popular music, followed by essays that are organized into thematic sections: The Historical Development of the Swedish Popular-Music Mainstream; The Swedishness of Swedish Popular-Music Genres; Professionalization and Diversification; and Swedish Artist Personas.


Jonas Bjälesjö

Alf Björnberg

Thomas Bossius

Peter Dahlén

Olle Edström

Karin L. Eriksson

Rasmus Fleischer

Sverker Hyltén-Cavallius

Lars Lilliestam

Ulf Lindberg

Morten Michelsen

Susanna Nordström

Marita Rhedin

Henrik Smith-Sivertsen

Ann Werner

Kajsa Widegren

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Small Country That Grew Big in Popular Music (Alf Björnberg and Thomas Bossius)

Part I: The Historical Development of the Swedish Popular-Music Mainstream

1. A Very Swedish Phenomenon (Olle Edström)

2. Blacklists and Hitlists: Public-Service Radio and Musical Gatekeeping (Alf Björnberg)

3. The Story of Svensktoppen: How the Swedish Music Industry Survived the Anglophone 1960s and Invested for the Future (Henrik Smith-Sivertsen)

Part II: The Swedishness of Swedish Popular-Music Genres

4. The Troubadours: Stylistic and Sociocultural Transformations of the Literary Visa in the 1960s (Marita Rhedin)

5. Progg: Utopia and Chronotope (Sverker Hyltén-Cavallius)

6. Swedish Dance Bands: Danceable, Melodious, and Familiar (Lars Lilliestam)

7. Keep it Country! Lots of Fiddle and Steel! Negotiations and Re-Negotiations in the Swedish Country-Music Culture (Thomas Bossius)

8. When Post-Modern Times Arrived: Dork Punk and Nostalgia as Experiments of Cultural Orientation 1973–89 (Peter Dahlén)

Part III: Professionalization and Diversification

9. Contextualizing Extreme-Metal Music: The Case of the Swedish Metal Nursery (Susanna Nordström)

10. Water Sprites and Herding Calls: References to Folk Music in Swedish Pop and Schlager Music 1990–2015 (Karin L. Eriksson)

11. Nordik Beats: Swedish Electronic Dance Music – From Underground to Superstardom (Thomas Bossius)

12. Swedish Music Export: The Making of a Miracle (Rasmus Fleischer)

13. The Swedish Music-Festival Scene (Jonas Bjälesjö)

Part IV: Swedish Artist Personas

14. Ulf Lundell: Literary Rocker (Ulf Lindberg)

15. Titiyo: Race, Gender, and Genre in Swedish Popular Music (Ann Werner)

16. The Politics of the Mask: The Knife as Queer-Feminists (Kajsa Widegren)

About the Editors

Alf Bjornberg is Professor in Musicology in the Department of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Thomas Bossius is Associate Professor in Musicology and Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

About the Series

Routledge Global Popular Music Series

The Routledge Global Popular Music Series provides popular music scholars, teachers, students, and musicologists with a well-informed and up-to-date introduction to different world popular music scenes. The series of volumes can be used for academic teaching in popular music studies, or as a collection of reference works. Written by those living and working in the countries about which they write, this series is devoted to popular music largely unknown to Anglo-American readers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General