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Musical Solidarities – Political Action and Music in Late Twentieth-Century Poland - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Musical Solidarities: Political Action and Music in Late Twentieth-Century Poland

Andrea F. Bohlman


This book studies the relationship between music making and social movements using the Solidarity movement in 1980s Poland as a case study. Its central argument is that while music offered a means of performing and commemorating the Solidarity movement as unified, the media of the opposition to state socialism also revealed—and continue to reveal—dissonant discourses on citizenship, culture, and history. The story unfolds along crucial sites of political action under state socialism: underground radio networks, the sanctuaries of the Polish Roman Catholic Church, labor strikes and student demo ... More

Keywords: Poland, Solidarity movement, protest culture, nationalism, Cold War, listening, sound studies, singer-songwriter, cultural memory, cassette culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190938284
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190938284.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea F. Bohlman, author
Assistant Professor of Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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