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date: 05 August 2020

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This chapter explores the music censorship in “totalitarian,” “closed” socialist Yugoslavia, with particular emphasis on “editorial censorship” that involved constant conscious (self-)censorship on the part of authors. Using official (state and scholarly) narratives and media discourses as a framework, the chapter proposes more nuanced and dynamic interpretations of censorial practices in socialist societies that highlight the complexity of socialist music censorship. It considers changes in state cultural policy during the 1970s and their implications for censorship in Yugoslavia in the field of popular music production. Focusing on the “Law Against Šund [art trash],” the chapter examines how Yugoslav officials attempted to end “unregulated cultural politics” and growing nationalism in all fields by promoting an individualized, subjective approach to censorship without strict rules and institutional supervision. It also describes censorship after the break up of Yugoslavia, and especially the emergence of other ways of controlling cultural production in the post-socialist era.

Keywords: music censorship, Yugoslavia, editorial censorship, (self-)censorship, socialist societies, cultural policy, popular music, šund, cultural politics, cultural production

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