1st Edition

Of Mermaids and Rock Singers Placing the Self and Constructing the Nation THrough Belarusan Contemporary Music

By Maria Paula Survilla Copyright 2002
    216 Pages 30 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the roles, functions, and interpretations of rock music as part of the initial push towards exploring national and personal identities in a newly independent Belarus. It also includes a summary of rock concert activity in Belarus.

    List Of Illustrations -- Notes to Accompanying CD -- The Transliteration of the Belarusan Language -- Acknowledgments -- Preface -- 1."2yvie Bielarus!”: Nationalism, Critiques, and Cultural Responses -- Identity and Nation -- Explanations of Identity Construction: Eastern Europe in the Western Press -- 2.Terminology, Controversy, and the Interpretation of History -- Steps Towards Independence -- Terminology -- National Origins and the "Golden Era" -- Aggressive Colonization -- Rebellion -- The Twentieth Century -- 3."Stand in the doorway": Entrances and Exits in Urban Belarus -- Singular Visions and Multiple Directions in Urban Belarus -- The Public and the Private -- Expectations for Change in Belarus -- "And what please, is a please . . . ?" -- Popular Culture Without a Marketplace: Perfume, Lipstick, and the Soaps -- Red Wine and Radiation: Chernobyl in Everyday Life -- Conclusion -- 4.From Legislation to the Renaissance: Belarusan Rock and Urban Folklore -- Generalities and Specifics of the Soviet Rock Scene -- The Piesniary [Songsters]: From VIA to "Piesniarok" -- Defining the Elements of "Good?" Belarusan Rock -- 5.Of Mermaids and Rock Singers: Ethnography and Shifting Authority in Palac's "Rusalki" -- Culture Contact and the Expedition -- "Young girls, our sisters . . ." -- 6.Ulis: "America is Where I am" -- Group Dynamics and the Practice Space -- Defining Ulis and Belarusan Rock -- 7.From Bard to Rock Star: Kasia Kamockaja -- Gender and Belarusan Rock -- Novaje Nieba's Kasia Kamockaja: from Bard to Rock Star -- Image, Belonging, and Association -- 8.National Republic of Mroja [Dream]: Quotation and the Kangaroo -- 9.Rock and Revolution: Performance and the Mediation of Rock -- Rock and Revolution: Performance and the Mediation of Rock -- Bibliography -- Discography -- Index.


    Maria Paula Survilla