Living in a Political World

Living in a Political World

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Living in a Political World. Social Commentary from Singer-Songwriters to Rap. Ed. Hans Giessen
Uusfilologinen yhdistys - Nyfilologiska föreningen
Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique de Helsinki CVI
Vantaa 2020, 129 pp.


Popular songs are increasingly recognized as cultural artefacts and as indicators for societal developments, as can be seen by the fact that Bob Dylan received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. Song lyrics are especially interesting, since they depend on the intention of the authors/performers as well as on the acceptance of the audience. The social import of popular music, such as lock and rap, is rather seldom analyzed in detail. This is why we have decided to arrange a symposium on the topic that took place at the University of Helsinki in October 2017. This volume collects contributions from this symposium by Hans Giessen, Tomi Huttunen, Hartmut E. H. Lenk, Michael Möbius, Allan Moore, and Bo Petterson.


ISBN 978-951-9040-64-6
ISSN 0355-0193