Eastern European Popular Music in a Transnational Context

Beyond the Borders

  • Ewa Mazierska
  • Zsolt Győri

Part of the Palgrave European Film and Media Studies book series (PEFMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Bringing Foreign Music to the European East

  3. Eastern European Music Crossing the Borders

  4. Liminal Spaces of Eastern European Music Festivals

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 239-243

About this book


This volume examines the transnational character of popular music since the Cold War era to the present. Bringing together the cross-disciplinary research of native scholars, Eastern European Popular Music in a Transnational Context expands our understanding of the movement of physical music, musicians and genres through the Iron Curtain and within the region of Eastern Europe. With case studies ranging from Goran Bregović, Czesław Niemen, the reception of Leonard Cohen in Poland, the Estonian punk scene to the Intervision Song Contest, the book discusses how the production and reception of popular music in the region has always been heavily influenced by international trends and how varied strategies allowed performers and fans to acquire cosmopolitan identities. Cross-disciplinary in nature, the investigations are informed by political, social and cultural history, reception studies, sociology and marketing and are largely based on archival research and interviews. 


musicians Poland Cold War Leonard Cohen Intervision production international cosmopolitan music festival national border foreign music socialist Czechoslovakia punk rock pop Europe Sziget electronic music

Editors and affiliations

  • Ewa Mazierska
    • 1
  • Zsolt Győri
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Central LancashirePrestonUK
  2. 2.University of DebrecenDebrecenHungary

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