Introduction: Crossing National and Regional Borders in Eastern European Popular Music

  • Ewa MazierskaEmail author
  • Zsolt Győri
Part of the Palgrave European Film and Media Studies book series (PEFMS)


This chapter introduces the main topics of the volume, contextualising the international dimensions of popular music in Eastern Europe. The authors call attention to the asymmetrical influences between Western and Eastern European music industries and the latter’s peripheral status during the state socialist and postcommunist periods. In addition to superior symbolic value associated with Anglo-American popular music (mainly pop-rock) another overarching feature in Eastern Europe was, until 1989, the hierarchical arrangement of arthouse and commercial popular music promoted by official cultural policymakers and audiences alike. The chapter identifies the uniqueness of the volume in its combining the previously dominant approaches of ‘cultural imperialism’ and ‘aesthetic cosmopolitanism’ to the study of the subject. Finally, the authors lay out the structure of the volume and give a brief description of each chapter.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Central LancashirePrestonUK
  2. 2.University of DebrecenDebrecenHungary

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