Synopses & Reviews
Made in Sweden serves as a comprehensive and rigorous introduction to the history, sociology and musicology of 20th century Swedish popular music. The volume consists of essays by leading scholars of Swedish popular music and covers the major figures, styles and social contexts of pop music in Swedish. Although the vast majority of the contributors are Swedish the essays are expressly written for an international English-speaking audience. No knowledge of Swedish music or culture will be assumed. Each essay provides adequate context so readers understand why the figure or genre under discussion is of lasting significance to Swedish popular music; each section features a brief introduction by the volume editor. The book presents a general description of the history and background of Swedish popular music, followed by essays that are organized into thematic sections: The Historical Development of the Swedish Popular Music Mainstream; The Swedishness of Swedish Popular Music; Swedish Artist Personas; and Professionalization and Diversification."