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Echoes of the Colonial Past in Discourse on North Atlantic Popular Music  

Kimberly Cannady

Print publication date:
Sep 2017
Online publication date:
Jul 2017

...about Birds) with text by Davið Stefánsson and music by Atli Heimir Sveinsson; “ Manstu ekki eftir mér ?” (Don’t You Remember Me?) by Ragnhildar Gísladóttir and Þórðar Árnasonar; and “ Stingum af ” (Slip Away) by Mugison. This effort to unify a nation in song represents a kind of sonification of Benedict Anderson’s concept of “imagined community”: it attempts to create a sense of camaraderie and shared experience among a diverse population of 320,000 people ( Anderson 2006, 7 ). But it also creates a space in which Icelandic music, particularly Icelandic popular music...

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