In this Book

Modern Noise, Fluid Genres
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What happens to “local” sound when globalization exposes musicians and audiences to cultural influences from around the world? Jeremy Wallach explores this question as it plays out in the eclectic, evolving world of Indonesian music after the fall of the repressive Soeharto regime. Against the backdrop of Indonesia’s chaotic and momentous transition to democracy, Wallach takes us to recording studios, music stores, concert venues, university campuses, video shoots, and urban neighborhoods.
Integrating ground-level ethnographic research with insights drawn from contemporary cultural theory, he shows that access to globally circulating music and technologies has neither extinguished nor homogenized local music-making in Indonesia. Instead, it has provided young Indonesians with creative possibilities for exploring their identity in a diverse nation undergoing dramatic changes in an increasingly interconnected world. Ultimately, he finds, the unofficial, multicultural nationalism of Indonesian popular music provides a viable alternative to the religious, ethnic, regional, and class-based extremism that continues to threaten unity and democracy in that country.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction: A Brief History of Popular Music and Society in Indonesia
  2. pp. 3-23
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  1. Part One: Sites
  2. p. 25
  1. 1. Indonesian Popular Music Genres in the Global Sensorium
  2. pp. 27-41
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  1. 2. In the City: Class, History, and Modernity’s Failures
  2. pp. 42-66
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  1. 3. Cassette Retail Outlets: Organization, Iconography, Consumer Behavior
  2. pp. 67-90
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  1. 4. In the Studio: An Ethnography of Sound Production
  2. pp. 91-120
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  1. 5. On Location: Shooting Music Video Clips
  2. pp. 121-138
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  1. 6. Offstage: Music in Informal Contexts
  2. pp. 139-167
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  1. Part Two: Genres in Performance
  2. p. 169
  1. 7. Onstage: The Live Musical Event
  2. pp. 171-189
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  1. 8. Dangdut Concerts: The Politics of Pleasure
  2. pp. 190-209
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  1. 9. Rock and Pop Events: The Performance of Lifestyle
  2. pp. 210-225
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  1. 10. Underground Music: Imagining Alternative Community
  2. pp. 226-246
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  1. Conclusion: Indonesian Youth, Music, and Globalization
  2. pp. 247-264
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  1. Appendix A: Notes on Language in This Book
  2. pp. 265-266
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  1. Appendix B: Other Indonesian Popular Music Genres
  2. pp. 267-270
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  1. Appendix C: More on Nonstandard Speech Variants
  2. pp. 271-277
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  1. Glossary of Indonesian and Jakartanese Terms
  2. pp. 279-280
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 281-297
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 299-313
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 315-323
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  1. CD Track Listing
  2. p. 328
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