At the heart of Europe: the limits of expression in far-right music scenes
David Murphy (National University of Ireland)
On the 25th of August 2007 when Sibiu in Romania was the European Capital of Culture, an event took place just several kms from the centre in which hundreds of young music fans came together for a Pagan Metal festival. Although a largely peaceful affair, this quasi-private music festival was an example of the mixing of music and extreme right wing politics, with hundreds of fans chanting 'seig heil' in unison with some of the bands performing. This paper will form the basis of a discussion/observation on the effect of anti-fascist legislation enacted within EU member states, and on the wider sets of meanings inherent in provocative music scenes. For example the production of alterity within music scenes, and by what criteria should these actions by studied and analyzed in light of the rise of European Neo-nationalism?
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