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Book Launch • Musical Solidarities: Political Action and Music in Late Twentieth-Century Poland
January 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us for a presentation and discussion of Andrea Bohlman’s monograph “Musical Solidarities: Political Action and Music in Late Twentieth-Century Poland” (Oxford University Press, 2020). Participants: Anna Krakus (University of Southern California), Donald Reid (History, UNC) and the author Andrea Bohlman (Music, UNC).
About the book
Musical Solidarities is a music history of Solidarity, the social movement opposing state socialism in 1980s Poland. The story unfolds along crucial sites of political action under state socialism: underground radio networks, the sanctuaries of the Polish Roman Catholic Church, labor strikes and student demonstrations, and commemorative performances. Through innovative close listenings of archival recordings, Andrea Bohlman uncovers creative sonic practices in bootleg cassettes, televised state propaganda, and the unofficial, uncensored print culture of the opposition.