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Nemzeti Rock: the Radical Right and Music in Contemporary Hungary

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Áron Szele

Central European University, HU
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Former PhD student, Department of History
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Abstract

This article analyzes the phenomenon of nationalist rock in contemporary Hungary, by
giving a brief account of its roots and history, starting from the bands of the skinhead
movement in the 1980s and 1990s to the present day. The article underlines nationalist
rock’s interconnections with the political life of the radical right. It explores the content
and style of Hungarian ultranationalist rock, focusing mainly on the lyrics of three of the
most influential and well-known bands of the genre of Nemzeti Rock: Romantikus
Erőszak, Kárpátia and Ismerős Arcok. The analysis shows how Nemzeti Rock expresses
the main tropes and ideological themes of the political radical right – such as nativism,
heroic masculinity, and populism – in a succinct and direct manner and with broad
popular appeal, and therefore constitutes an ideal medium of conveying the ideology of
the radical right to the public.
How to Cite: Szele, Á., (2016). Nemzeti Rock: the Radical Right and Music in Contemporary Hungary. JOMEC Journal. (9), pp.9–26. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18573/j.2016.10040
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Published on 01 Jun 2016.
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