The Possibility of Social Change and Pop Music in Serbia: Šobaja’s Three Kisses – A Case Study

  • Aleksandar Brkić Faculty of Dramatic Arts University of Arts Belgrade
Keywords:
pop culture, social change, Rambo Amadeus, Šobaja, Three Kisses

Abstract

Can social change be brought about only in a radical manner? Is a radical manner of bringing about change possible at all? When we say social change, do we mean "revolution"? Is there a different way of looking at social change, and what is the role of elite culture and that of popular culture in these processes? Has the temporally and contextually limited effect of change and guerilla subversion through popular culture proved more effective? This small-scale study aims to raise the question of whether pop music can contribute to positive changes in society, and examines the conditions for this possibility through the case study of Nebojša "Šobaja" Anđelković’s song Three Kisses, declared the biggest music hit of 2009 in Serbia.

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Published
2011-05-30