Musical Solidarities: Political Action and Music in Late Twentieth-Century Poland


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Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date
January 23, 2020
6.1 X 9.2 X 0.8 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Andrea F. Bohlman is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research concerns sound, affect, and social movements in East Central Europe, as well as the history of sound recording-particularly tape. In 2017, she co-edited a special issue of Twentieth-Century Music with Peter McMurray on tape and tape recording. Her 2016 article "Song, Solidarity, and the Sound Document" in the Journal of Musicology was distinguished with the Alfred Einstein Award of the American Musicological Society for the best article by a scholar in the early stages of their career.


"Original, compassionate, expansive, Andrea F. Bohlman's book sets a high standard for writings on music, sounds, and power during the Cold War. Using evidence from media history, material culture, and ethnography, spanning secular and sacred, cultivated and vernacular, she captures the cacophony of Solidarity in Poland but also compels us to hear its powerful present-day reverberations." -- Peter J. Schmelz, Arizona State University

"Musical Solidarities is a truly remarkable book: Bohlman makes the sounds of the Solidarity movement come alive for readers, with extraordinary sensitivity. It is a rare work of scholarship that is sure to have a profound impact on music studies and beyond." -- Eric Drott, University of Texas at Austin

"In this pathbreaking study, Andrea F. Bohlman takes us on a remarkable journey, listening for, though, with, and against the ever-discordant voices of history. Bohlman is a writer like no other, a pioneering student of sound and its kaleidoscope of endlessly transmutable meanings. And Musical Solidarities is a book like no other. Simply put, you will never think about the Cold War and its endings in the same way again." -- Kevin C. Karnes, Emory University