1st Edition

Made in Yugoslavia Studies in Popular Music

Edited By Danijela Beard, Ljerka Rasmussen Copyright 2020
    286 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    286 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Made in Yugoslavia: Studies in Popular Music serves as a comprehensive and thorough introduction to the history, sociology, and musicology of popular music in Yugoslavia and the post-Yugoslav region across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The book consists of chapters by leading scholars and covers the major figures, styles, and social contexts of music in the region that for most of the past century was known as Yugoslavia. Exploring the role played by music in Yugoslav art, culture, social movements, and discourses of statehood, this book offers a gateway into scholarly explanation of a key region in Eastern Europe. An introduction provides an overview and background on popular music in Yugoslavia, followed by chapters in four thematic sections: Zabavna-Pop; Rock, Punk, and New Wave; Narodna (Folk) and Neofolk Music; and the Politics of Popular Music Under Socialism.

    List of Illustrations

    Series Foreword


    Introduction: Reclaiming the Legacy of Yugoslav Popular Music - Danijela Š. Beard with Ljerka V. Rasmussen


    1 Networking Zabavna Music: Singers, Festivals and Estrada - Jelena Arnautović

    2 "Melodies from the Adriatic:" Mediterranean Influence in Zabavna Music Festivals of the 1950s and 1960s - Anita Buhin

    3 The Sarajevo Pop-Rock Scene: Music from the Yugoslav Crossroads - Vesna Andree Zaimović

    4 Yugoslav Film and Popular Culture: Arsen Dedić’s Songs in Films - Irena Paulus


    5 Belgrade Rock Experience: From Sixties Innocence to Eighties Relevance - Aleksandar Žikić

    6 Jugoton: From State Recording Giant to Alternative Producer of Yugoslav New Wave - Branko Kostelnik

    7 "Absolutely Yours:" Yugoslav Disco under Late Socialism - Marko Zubak

    8 The Aesthetics of Music Videos in Yugoslav Rock Music: Josipa Lisac, EKV, Rambo Amadeus - Ivana Medić

    9 Bijelo Dugme: The Politics of Remembrance within the Post-Yugoslav Popular Music Scene - Ana Petrov


    10 Starogradska Muzika: An Ethnography of Musical Nostalgia - Marija Dumnić Vilotijević

    11 "My Juga, My Dearest Flower:" The Yugoslav Legacy of Newly Composed Folk Music Revisited - Iva Nenić

    12 Music in Macedonia: Yugoslavia’s Balkans - Velika Stojkova Serafimovska

    13 Fantasy, Sexuality, and Yugoslavism in the Music of Lepa Brena's Music - Zlatan Delić


    14 Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest - Dean Vuletic

    15 "Rocking the Party Line:" The Yugoslav Festival of Patriotic and Revolutionary Song and the Polemics of "Soc-Pop" in the 1970s  - Danijela Š. Beard

    16 "Comrades, We Don’t Believe You!" Or, Do We Just Want to Dance With You?: The Slovenian Punk Subculture in Socialist Yugoslavia - Gregor Tomc

    17 Music Labor, Class, and Socialist Entrepreneurship: Yugoslav Self-Management Revisited - Ana Hofman

    18 Music for the "Youth Day Central Ceremony" after Tito: De-ritualization and Other Indices of Yugoslav Decline - Naila Ceribašić and Jelka Vukobratović 


    19 Yugoslav Popular Music and Global Histories of the Cold War - Catherine Baker


    20 “What Would You Give to be in my Place?:”A Conversation with Goran Bregović - Vesna Andree Zaimović, Ljerka V. Rasmussen, and Danijela Š. Beard


    Notes on Contributors



    Danijela Š. Beard is Associate Lecturer in Music at Cardiff University, UK. She was previously a lecturer in Music at Nottingham University and an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Musical Research (Royal Holloway, University of London).

    Ljerka V. Rasmussen holds a PhD in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University and is on the faculty of music at Tennessee State University, USA. She is the author of Newly Composed Folk Music of Yugoslavia.

    "Made in Yugoslavia: Studies in Popular Music (edited by Danijela Špirić Beard and Ljerka Rasmussen) is a fascinating study of how popular music devel-oped in post-World War II Yugoslavia, eventually reaching both unsurpassable popularity in the Balkans and Eastern Europe, and critical acclaim in the West. Through the comprehensive discussion of all popular music trends in Yugosla-via − commercial pop (zabavna-pop), rock, punk, new wave, disco, folk (narod-na), and neofolk (novokomponovana) − across all six socialist Yugoslav repub-lics, the reader is given the engrossing socio-cultural and political history of the country, providing the audience with a much-needed and riveting context for understanding the formation and the eventual demise of Tito’s Yugoslavia. As such, the book will appeal to the general and scholarly audience interested in the topics of Yugoslav culture, Cold War music studies, popular music, his-tory and politics of Yugoslavia, music and nationalism, music and communism, music festivals as cultural diplomacy, and music and socialism, among many other subtopics. ... With its fascinating and visually-stunning archival documents, photographs, snapshots from music events, as well as en-gaging interviews and an intellectually alluring narrative, Made in Yugoslavianot only delivers on its promise, but it denotes an important historic document of a vibrant, influential, and memorable music scene of a country that tragically no longer exists."

    —Laura Emmery (Emory University), Musicological Annual