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'Death to fascism isn't in the catechism': legacies of socialism in Croatian popular music after the fall of Yugoslavia

'Death to fascism isn't in the catechism': legacies of socialism in Croatian popular music after the fall of Yugoslavia
'Death to fascism isn't in the catechism': legacies of socialism in Croatian popular music after the fall of Yugoslavia
This paper discusses both textual and structural legacies of socialism in Croatian popular music since the collapse of socialism and Yugoslavia. Popular culture under Yugoslav socialism represented an uneasy compromise between socialist consciousness and capitalist consumerism: popular music experienced the same contradictions as other aspects of Yugoslav life such as shopping tourism, and negotiating the ideological field of socialist practice was a routine part of musicians’ professional lives. The most visible legacies of socialism in Croatian popular music are commentaries on everyday Yugoslav life and iconography which represent personal and public legacies of socialism after Yugoslavia. However, the negation of the socialist experience in certain anti-Communist musical texts is itself a legacy of socialism – not just because without socialism there would be nothing to negate, but also because a continued vestigial norm that entertainment should interpellate consumers within a state-backed collective identity has bridged the socialist and early post-socialist periods, continuing to define the limits of the acceptable discursive field for cultural production. The paper concludes by considering the prospects for a theory of popular culture under post-socialism as historical and geographical distance complicates the comparative.
socialism, postsocialism, popular culture, popular music, croatia, memory
0547-2504
163-183
Baker, Catherine
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Baker, Catherine (2010) 'Death to fascism isn't in the catechism': legacies of socialism in Croatian popular music after the fall of Yugoslavia Narodna Umjetnost, 47, (1), pp. 163-183.

Baker, Catherine (2010) 'Death to fascism isn't in the catechism': legacies of socialism in Croatian popular music after the fall of Yugoslavia Narodna Umjetnost, 47, (1), pp. 163-183.

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This paper discusses both textual and structural legacies of socialism in Croatian popular music since the collapse of socialism and Yugoslavia. Popular culture under Yugoslav socialism represented an uneasy compromise between socialist consciousness and capitalist consumerism: popular music experienced the same contradictions as other aspects of Yugoslav life such as shopping tourism, and negotiating the ideological field of socialist practice was a routine part of musicians’ professional lives. The most visible legacies of socialism in Croatian popular music are commentaries on everyday Yugoslav life and iconography which represent personal and public legacies of socialism after Yugoslavia. However, the negation of the socialist experience in certain anti-Communist musical texts is itself a legacy of socialism – not just because without socialism there would be nothing to negate, but also because a continued vestigial norm that entertainment should interpellate consumers within a state-backed collective identity has bridged the socialist and early post-socialist periods, continuing to define the limits of the acceptable discursive field for cultural production. The paper concludes by considering the prospects for a theory of popular culture under post-socialism as historical and geographical distance complicates the comparative.

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Published date: June 2010
Keywords: socialism, postsocialism, popular culture, popular music, croatia, memory

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Local EPrints ID: 141618
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/141618
ISSN: 0547-2504
PURE UUID: f9b4ee8f-036d-4183-ac03-cac52c6a7dd9

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Date deposited: 30 Mar 2010 10:15
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:12

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Author: Catherine Baker

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