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Rock, Pop and Tartan

J. Mark Percival

in From Tartan to Tartanry

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638772
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653539 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638772.003.0013
Rock, Pop and Tartan

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This chapter focuses on issues of tartan and meaning in rock and pop in an international context, and on the contrasting meanings constructed around the use of tartan by artists perceived as either Scottish or non-Scottish. It notes that tartan in post-1940s Anglo–US popular music culture is a site where notions of Scottishness and national identity meet discourses of commerce, creativity, and authenticity. It discusses tartan and popular music culture in two broad eras: 1. Rock and roll to glam: tradition and showing out, 1954–75; 2. Punk and its legacy: irony, subversion, and new authenticities, 1976–2010.

Keywords: tartan; rock; popular music; national identity; rock and roll; glam; punk

Chapter.  6400 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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