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Made in Yugoslavia

Studies in Popular Music, 1st Edition

Edited by Danijela Š. Beard, Ljerka V. Rasmussen


288 pages | 33 B/W Illus.

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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 essays 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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Series Foreword


Introduction: Popular Soundscapes of Yugoslavia - 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 Balkan Heartland - Velika Stojkova Serafimovska

13 Fantasy, Female Sexuality and Yugoslavism in the Music of Lepa Brena - 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 1970s "Soc-Pop" - 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

Selected Bibliography on Yugoslav Popular Music

Notes on Contributors


About the Editors

Danijela Š. Beard is an 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.

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
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology
MUSIC / History & Criticism