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Pioneering Yugoslav Pop Music Journal – Not In KVK, OCLC

Pop Express: muzičke novine [Pop Express: music news], nos. 1–23.

Zagreb: Centar za kulturnu djelatnost omladine Zagreba, 1969–1970. Folded newsprint, measuring ca. 32 × 28.5 to 42 × 29.5 cm per issue; 16-24 pp. per issue. Profusely illustrated from drawings and photographs. Light toning; a few issues with minor foxing, particularly nos. 10-12 and 17; else about very good.

Complete run of the Yugoslav music and lifestyle magazine, which appeared for less than a year and was published by the Center for Cultural Activities of Zagreb Youth. The first issue was published on February 10, 1969 and it ceased with the double issue 22/23 on January 17, 1970 (all in all, twenty-two fascicles). An important document of Croatian, and Yugoslav, fascination with Western pop culture, the journal succeeded several earlier attempts to start print outlets devoted exclusively to Western rock'n'roll and pop music.

"In an interview for the documentary series Rockovnik, chronicler Vladimir Spičanović said about the magazine:
It began as a real music magazine, but over time it evolved towards some sort of, let's say, underground press, which was popular at the time. It featured that distinct graphic design, but it also covered topics that weren't strictly related to music. [...] Pop Express should be mentioned for another interesting thing, it was probably [...] the only [Yugoslav] music magazine to have one of its issues banned [by the authorities]. [...] The 13th issue was banned, not because of a written piece about music, but because of a letter to the editor sent in by a reader. Ever since then I've been trying — there were about ten readers' letters that got published in the issue — to find out which particular letter got it banned, and I haven't been able to find out why. Today, you can read it ten times over, but there's no chance you'll find out. It was so naive, so benign, that it's now ridiculous, but someone had a problem with it, and that issue was banned." (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop_Express).

For more context, see, for instance: Maruša Pušnik and Breda Luthar, Remembering Utopia: The Culture of Everyday Life in Socialist Yugoslavia, pp. 148-150.

Book ID: 51713

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