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The Emergence of Suomirock in 1970s and 1980s (2021)

Skaniakos, T. (2021). The Emergence of Suomirock in 1970s and 1980s. In T.-M. Karjalainen, & K. Kärki (Eds.), Made in Finland : Studies in Popular Music (pp. 33-43). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429277429-3

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Skaniakos, Terhi

Parent publication: Made in Finland : Studies in Popular Music

Parent publication editors: Karjalainen, Toni-Matti; Kärki, Kimi

ISBN: 978-0-367-22891-0

eISBN: 978-0-429-27742-9

Publication year: 2021

Pages range: 33-43

Number of pages in the book: 276

Publisher: Routledge

Place of Publication: New York

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429277429-3

Publication open access: Not open

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The spreading of Anglo-American popular music style rock ’n’ roll in the 1950s led to the emergence of what we now refer to as national rock styles. Suomirock represents an example of the ways localized cultures can be nationally shaped, thus becoming specifically meaningful to a certain group of people. This chapter looks at the formation of suomirock from socio-cultural and musical perspectives. The resemblance with Anglo-American roots is strong, yet there are articulations which link the genre also to the local culture, emerging in hybrid and alternative meanings.

Keywords: popular music; genres; rock music; Suomi rock; national culture; local character; cultural history; history of music

Free keywords: 1970-luku; 1980-luku; Suomi

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2022

JUFO rating: 3

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