Time Robbers

Hungarian Space Rock as a Paradigm of Pop/Rock music in the Seventies

This paper covers a piece of the history of space rock in the context of Seventies Hungarian popular music. It reconstructs the main forms of space rock (in progressive rock and jazz rock scenes) based on the recordings of three crucial Hungarians bands of that era: Fonográf, Omega and Mini. Each band can be seen as a Hungarian version of a mainstream international genre: for Fonográf folk rock, for Omega progressive rock, and for Mini jazz rock and jazz funk were the most important infl uences. Th e characteristic themes and motifs of Hungarian space rock lyrics were (cosmic) exile, diaspora experience, or different fears and utopias concerning technological progress.

Released: Replika 115–116, 205–222.
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