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Living in The Merry Ghetto: The Music and Politics of the Czech Underground

Trever Hagen


Living in the Merry Ghetto reframes how people use music to build resistance. To do so, Hagen addresses the social context of illegal music-making in Czechoslovakia during state socialism, asking “How Do Aesthetics Nurture Political Consciousness?”. He tells the story of a group of rock ’n’ rollers who went underground after 1968, building a parallel world from where they could flourish: the Merry Ghetto. The book examines the case of the Czech Underground, the politics of their music and their way of life, paying close attention to the development of the ensemble the Plastic People of the Uni ... More

Keywords: musicking, cultural ecology, Czechoslovakia, communism, resistance, popular music, social memory, music sociology, sound studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190263850
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190263850.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Trever Hagen, author
Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology at the University of Exeter