Looking For Europe: The History Of Neofolk. Neofolk has nothing to do with folksy sing-along music – this music stems from the dark Gothic music scene and is nothing to sway to.
It is a playground for punky attitudes and SS death-heads, for pastoral romanticism and Riefenstahl aesthetics. For years now, feelings have been running high about Neofolk.
No other contemporary music genre raises so many questions about freedom of art and freedom of speech.
With more than 520 pages, Looking For Europe is the first book dealing in a comprehensive and non-dogmatic manner with the blackest chapter of the music underground. All relevant bands of the genre are portrayed in exclusive interviews and photos.
The book highlights the field of tension Neofolk is situated in. The range goes from fragile folk to noisy Industrial, from right-wing anarchists to left-wing uniform wearers, from Paganism to Satanism and Christianity, from gay fetishism to obscure artistic treatments of ideological propaganda.
Looking For Europe: The History Of Neofolk
For many years now, Neofolk has been surrounded by controversies. Indeed, no other contemporary music raises so many questions about the freedom of speech and artistic expression.
Some of the bands express Eurocentric worldviews. Is this right-wing populism or the cultural vision of a truly diverse Europe?
Other bands offend by using Third Reich symbolism. Political statement or critical shock art?
A few of the bands even wear Nazi-like uniforms. Purely an aesthetic rejection of the mainstream or an expression of fascist leanings?
In over 500 pages, Looking for Europe takes a comprehensive and non-dogmatic look at one of the most mysterious phenomena of the music underground. All relevant Neofolk bands are portrayed in exclusive chapters featuring interviews and photos.
This book examines the area of tension Neofolk is situated in. The spectrum ranges from fragile folk to noisy Industrial, from right-wing anarchists to modern counter-cultural subversions, and from queer fetishism to artistic explorations of obscure ideologies
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