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Balkan Fascination: Creating an Alternative Music Culture in America [With CD/DVD]
In Balkan Fascination, ethnomusicologist Mirjana Lau%sevic, a native of the Balkans, investigates why so many Americans actively participate in specific Balkan cultural practices to which they have no family or ethnic connection. Going beyond traditional interpretations, she challenges the notion that participation in Balkan culture in North America is merely a specialized ...more
Hardcover, 299 pages
Published January 4th 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 4th 2006)
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A fascinating read that spans more than a century of international folk dance history in the United States and the creation of an imaginary "Balkan village" in particular - as a retreat into a communal word of "realness", deepness, music paradise of true emotions and a shelter from the mainstream culture. I truly enjoyed reading it and admired the research been done.
Excellent history of roots of circle dancing in the US. I wish more information was included about Ashkenaz and David Nadel, who was not mentioned. But then I may be personalizing this too much. I expect I will continue to find new facets of the truth of her final metaphor on the Balkanization of Balkan fascination.