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Made in the Low Countries

Studies in Popular Music, 1st Edition

Edited by Lutgard Mutsaers, Gert Keunen


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Made in the Low Countries: Studies in Popular Music serves as a comprehensive and thorough introduction to the history, sociology, and musicology of twentieth and twenty-first century popular music of the Dutch-speaking region comprising the Netherlands and Flanders as a region of federal Belgium. The volume consists of essays by leading scholars and publicists in this field, and covers the major issues, genres, and contexts of popular music. Each essay provides adequate context so readers understand why the issue or genre under discussion is of lasting significance to this transnational region. The book first presents a general description of the history and background of popular music made in the region, followed by essays that are organized into four thematic sections: I: Framing and Facilitating; II: Creation and Curation; III: Close Encounters; IV: Changes and Choices.

Table of Contents


Together Apart: Popular Music of the Low Countries with the Flow and against the Odds (LUTGARD MUTSAERS AND GERT KEUNEN)

PART I: Framing and Facilitating

1 Futile Dutchness or Idiosyncratic Transnationalism: Homemade Pop, National Identity and Global Culture (RENÉ BOOMKENS)

2 The Zone In Between: The Principled Realm of Alternative Mainstream in Flanders (GERT KEUNEN)

3 Upstart Among the Arts: The Rise of Rock into the Dutch Subsidy System (ANDRÉ NUCHELMANS)

4Mixing Multiple Tracks: Migration, Diaspora and Transcultural Music in Flanders (LISELOTTE SELS)

PART II: Creation and Curation

5 Broken Circle Rebound: New Regionalism and Vernacular Indie-Folk (NIELS VAN POECKE)

6From Thrash to Cash: Forging and Legitimizing Dutch Metal (PAUWKE BERKERS AND JULIAN SCHAAP)

7 Crossover Collectivities and Electronic Samples: Jazz’s Popularization in the Digital Era (KRISTIN MCGEE)

8This Must Be Belgium: Roots, Progress and Legacy of New Beat (PEDRO DE BRUYCKERE)

PART III: Close Encounters

9 "The Windmill’s Turning": Lifecycle of a Signature Song for Holland (LUTGARD MUTSAERS)

10Knocking on Heaven’s Door: Golden Earring Before and After the "Dutch Invasion" (MAARTEN STEENMEIJER)

11 Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Land of Sex and Drugs: Life and Legacy of Herman Brood (RUTGER VAHL)

12 "Sanomi" versus "Shalalie": Showing Off Difference at the Eurovision Song Contest (ALBERT MEIJER)

PART IV: Changes and Choices

13 "We Too Are Specimens of Homo Sapiens": Holebi Culture between Agitprop and Pop (ROBBE HERREMAN)

14Pirates of the North Sea: Introduction and Impact of Commercial Pop Radio (GER TILLEKENS)

About the Editors

Lutgard Mutsaers is a Dutch scholar, lecturer, researcher, and published author in Popular Music Studies with a background in musicology, cultural history, journalism, and performance.

Gert Keunen is a Belgian scholar, lecturer, researcher, and published author in Popular Music Studies with a background in sociology, journalism, the music industry, and performance.

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