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A Contest for Communism

Dean Vuletic

Dean Vuletic is a historian of contemporary Europe who, as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, has led the project ‘Eurovision: A History of Europe through Popular Music’ at the University of Vienna, Austria. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Scholarly Books

...Communism is an atheistic ideology, but it also produced its own idols in Eastern Europe. One of them was Helena Vondráčková, the winner of the 1977 ISC. Together with her counterpart Karel Gott, Vondráčková was the biggest pop star...

Trampská Píseň

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Encyclopedia Articles

...The trampská píseň (tramping song) is a specifically Czech song form that developed to accompany the emergence of the tramping movement among sections of the population of Czech towns and cities, beginning in the late 1910s. Growing out...

Písničky Divadel Malých Forem

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Encyclopedia Articles

...Písničky divadel malých forem (literally, ‘songs from minor-form theaters’) is a term used to describe songs in Czech written to be performed in small or fringe theaters, where they formed part of theatrical events (dramatic readings...

Staropražská Písniĉka

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Encyclopedia Articles

...Staropražská písnička (old-Prague ditty) is a traditional form of Czech popular song associated with the growing cultural development of the city of Praha (Prague) from the turn of the twentieth century. When the revolution of 1848 brought...

Masová Píseň

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Masová píseň (mass song, community song or singalong) was a genre of community singing of the proletarian movement in Czechoslovakia. Its main development occurred after World War II and especially during the period 1948–55, when...

Lidovka

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Lidovka is a genre of Czech popular music derived from the folk and semi-folk songs of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and from popular dances of that time such as polka, waltz and others. Adapted to the needs of a new...

Rock in Czechoslovakia (1956–89)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Encyclopedia Articles

...Czech and Slovakian rock music were derived from Anglo-American sources, which first began to penetrate Czechoslovakia around 1956. Among domestic audiences the efforts by local groups to copy Western patterns as closely as possible became...

Dechovka

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Encyclopedia Articles

...The word dechovka is an abbreviation of the Czech phrase dechová hudba, meaning brass/wind music, and refers to the whole phenomenon of Czech brass music, brass bands and their repertoire. Czech brass band music developed into specific...

Kramářská Píseň

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Encyclopedia Articles

...The kramářská píseň, sometimes also called jarmareční píseň (broadside ballad, street ditty; in German, Bänkelsang) is a Czech version of a vocal type of traditional popular music with a reporting function and a moral, religious...

Brno

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VII : Locations: Europe

The Continuum International, 2016

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...Population: 382,000 (1999) Brno, the capital of Moravia (the eastern part of the Czech Republic) and the second-largest city in the country, is located in southern Moravia at the confluence of the Svitava...