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Rímur

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Old Norse for ‘rhymes,’ rímur is a distinct form of poetry that has been performed throughout Iceland since at least the fourteenth century (see Steingrímsson 2000). Braving unpredictable environmental conditions, foreign political...

Completing the Mystery of Her Flesh: Love, Eroticism, and Identity in Björk’s Videos

Music/Video : Histories, Aesthetics, Media

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Scholarly Books

...Introduction Music, it can be argued, is often used as a means of self-expression, as a reflection on the musician’s life, experiences, and choices; by matching songs with videos, the musician can delve deeper into this self-investigation...

Björk

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...The avant-garde music and visual presentation of Björk challenged the common understanding of popular music while imbuing it with a unique futurism. Björk was born in 1965 in Iceland; her mother was an activist and her father was a union...

Hip-Hop in Iceland

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...According to Jakobsdóttir (2003) and Ingólfsdóttir (2006), Icelandic rap began as a translation of a foreign culture, in which melodies were often taken from old songs and where texts reference other texts. Then, as with rap in France...

Sigur Rós’s ( )

Ethan Hayden

Ethan Hayden is a composer and performer, currently pursuing a Ph.D. in music at the University at Buffalo, US. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

33 1/3 Books

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...Words like “inspiring,” “expansive,” and “moving” are regularly used to describe Sigur Rós's ( ), and yet the only words heard on the record itself are a handful of meaningless nonsense syllables. The album has no title-or rather, its title...

The Values of Eurovision

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

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...It was a moment of national pride for Iceland at a time of economic shame. Just after the beginning in September 2008 of a financial crisis in the state that saw the collapse of three of its major banks, Iceland’s Yohanna finished in second...

Sigur Rós

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Björk's Homogenic

Emily Mackay

Emily Mackay is a freelance writer and editor based in Southend-on-Sea, UK. In her career, she has been to a party at Prince's house, ordered out of a car at gunpoint by the LAPD and helped Thurston Moore steal a sofa. Her favourite though, was being driven around Reykjavík by Björk in her Landrover. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

33 1/3 Books

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...In recent years, Björk's artistry has become ever more ambitious and ever more respected. With the release of her conceptual app-album Biophilia in 2011, and a huge retrospective exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art coinciding...

‘More than pets of multiculturalism’: Diasporic hybridity in Icelandic popular music – the case of Retro Stefson

Transglobal Sounds : Music, Youth and Migration

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...It’s only my second day at Airwaves and already I have some solid advice. Icelanders: do not attempt to replicate the music of the African diaspora, especially reggae and hip-hop. You will fail. Miserably and laughably. Be yourselves....

Iceland

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

The Continuum International, 2016

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...Population: 293,966 (2004) Iceland became an independent republic in 1944, having previously been ruled by the kings of Denmark and Norway and an associated state of Denmark since 1918. Profane music was almost...