11.2 (2021) Special Issue: Popular Music, Decolonization and Indigenous Studies
This Special Issue (11.2) of IASPM Journal aims to contribute to an ongoing process of decolonization through the lens and practices of popular music by highlighting Indigenous academics, theorists and musical explorations. The issue contains six articles and five book reviews. Liz Przybylski explores “Indigenous survivance” through what she calls “sonic sovereignty” which is the ability to frame how one is heard. Jon Bullock engages with Indigeneity discourse itself, offering a study on the early history of Kurdish Radio Baghdad. Israel Holas Allimant and Sergio Holas look at a 1970’s Chilean Psychedelic Rock band Los Jaivas, showing how their incorporation of Indigenous ways of being decolonize mainstream conceptions of the Chilean subject (as Andean, not dis-placed European). Ryan Shuvera offers an account of Inuk popular music artist and throat singer, Tanya Tagaq, looking in particular at the artist’s 2016 cover of Nirvana’s “Rape Me.” Ann Werner discusses the 2019 pop/hip hop album of one of the most well-known Sámi artists in Sweden, Maxida Märak, through an Indigenous feminist lens. Ismael de Oliveira Gerolamo's article, in the Open Section of the Issue, analyzes the third album of the Brazilian singer Nara Leão. Nico Thom reviews a book on Eastern European popular music. Marie Thompson reviews Dylan Robinson's Hungry Listening. Michael Ahlers reviews a field guide to understanding records. Benjamin Burkhart's review covers rap music's flow and rhythm. Sergio Pisfil reviews Carlos Torres Rotondo's Demoler: El Rock en el Perú 1965-1975 about the Peruvian rock scene. Click here to access this issue.