Diversions, Lyrical and Prozaiic
Restrictive Remix: Political Censorship on Western Music in Communist Bulgaria in the 1960s–1980s

The first of my research articles to be published in an European academic journal, Tekstualia, Poland (2013).


The article studies the impact of a state policy of restriction of access to and influence of Western music on music entertainment and production in countries in the Eastern Bloc during the 1960s-1980s, focusing on the situation in Communist-era Bulgaria. A type of musical works is described that are created in a censorial system having an inhibitive approach to English-language works originating in Britain or the United States. A variety of Bulgarian works are compared to their prototypes, discussing the distortions of the originals and the introduction of moralising features under a politically determined agenda by comparing the lyrics of the original and the remix. The long term impact of this policy of discouragement of Western musical works and production of localised versions is assessed in the present, a quarter of a century after the fall of the Communist regime in Bulgaria.

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