The Ethics of Hungarian Jazz Subculture in the 1970s and 80s – The Life-Style of Cultural Subversion

To what extent has the institutionalization of Hungarian jazz and its compromise with the Hungarian state power in the 60’s brought about the colonization and strict control of jazz by official cultural politics? Has a subculture emerged, was it possible at all? The investigation of the jazz club network yields answers to these questions, focusing on this peculiar, non-governmental, civilian initiative from a social and micro-historical viewpoint. In the 70’s and ‘80s the jazz subculture established contacts to both avant-garde trends in the arts and other genres such as rock and blues thereby creating its own audience and established its identity as well. The existence and survival of the members of the jazz club network depended on the endurance and possibilities of their philanthropic leaders. These narratives and stories crystallize the very essence of the cultural and musical politics of the Kádár era: the isolation and drowning of all autonomous arts, musicians and related subcultures in case they deviated from the official trend, although the ways and means of oprression might have avried from city to city and coun ty to county.

Released: Replika 101–102, 125–146.
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