Made in Poland: Studies in Popular Music serves as a comprehensive introduction to the history, sociology, and musicology of contemporary Polish popular music. Each essay, written by a leading scholar of Polish music, covers the major figures, styles, and social contexts of pop music in Poland and provides adequate context so readers understand why the figure or genre under discussion is of lasting significance. The book first presents a general description of the history and background of popular music in Poland, followed by essays organized into thematic sections: Popular Music in the People’s Republic of Poland; Documenting Change and Continuity in Music Scenes and Institutions; and Music, Identity, and Critique.

chapter |14 pages


Polish Popular Music and its Research: Filling the Gaps 1

part I|2 pages

Born in the PRL: Popular Music in the People’s Republic of Poland

chapter 1|20 pages

No Country for Sheer Entertainment

Cultural Politics of Socialist Poland, its Conceptual Scheme, and Vision of Popular Music

chapter 3|13 pages

Against the Mainstream

Music and the Polish Alternative Culture of the 1980s

part II|2 pages

Documenting Change and Continuity in Music Scenes and Institutions

chapter 5|14 pages

“Lipstick on the Glass”

A Cultural Studies Perspective on the Female Artists of the National Festival of Polish Song in Opole

chapter 6|12 pages

Deserters with a Chance of Success

Polish Punks Before and After 1989

chapter 7|10 pages


The Modern Popular Culture Niches in Poland

chapter 8|11 pages

Independent from What Exactly?

The Polish Recording Industry in the 1990s

part III|4 pages

Polishness and its Discontents: Music, Identity, and Critique

chapter 9|10 pages

Between Artistic Freedom and National Pride

The Dance House Movement and Folk Music in Poland

chapter 10|10 pages

The Making of Polish Hip-Hop

Music, Nationality, and the Limits of Hegemony 1

chapter 11|12 pages

Sandwiches with Cash and the Scent of God

Mister D. and the Post-Transformational Criticism of Polishness

chapter 12|12 pages

Disco Polo Music

The Agency and Modernization of the Polish Province

chapter 13|12 pages

Polish Music in British Nightclubs

Examining How Nostalgic Longing Brought Disco Polo and Polish Hip-Hop to the United Kingdom

chapter 15|12 pages

“Music as the Binder”

A Conversation with Macio Moretti