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Dangdut Stories: A Social and Musical History of Indonesia's Most Popular Music

Andrew N. Weintraub


Dangdut Stories is a social and musical history of dangdut, Indonesia's most popular music, within a range of broader narratives about social class, gender, ethnicity and nation in post-independence Indonesia (1945-present). The book shows how dangdut evolved from a debased form of urban popular music to a prominent role in Indonesian cultural politics and the commercial music industry. Throughout the book the voices and experiences of musicians take center stage in shaping the book's narrative. Quoted material from interviews, detailed analysis of music and song texts, and ethnography of perf ... More

Keywords: dangdut, music and genre, popular music, Indonesia, music and social class, music and ethnicity, music and gender, music and nation, music and Islam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195395662
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395662.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew N. Weintraub, author
University of Pittsburgh