Creating a Scene: Balinese Punk's Beginnings

Emma Baulch

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    The promotion of alternative music by deregulated television and recording industries, together with the increasingly felt presence of the metropolis, converged on Balinese cultural and physical landscapes in the 1990s. Mirroring developments in broader society, a regionalist discourse, which polarized notions of 'centre' and 'periphery', emerged among Balinese youth in the context of the local band scene. For certain musicians, musical authenticity was firmly rooted in a cultural and geographical locale, and was articulated by their abhorrence for socializing at shopping malls. In contrast, these Balinese alternative (including punk) musicians sought authenticity in a metropolitan elsewhere. This article is a case study of the indigenization of a 'global' code in a non-western periphery. It contests arguments for the 'post-imperial' nature of globalization, and demonstrates the continued salience of centre—periphery dialectics in local discourses. At the same time, the study attests to the progressive role a metropolitan superculture can play in cultural renewal in the periphery.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPopular Music Volume 4, Cultures and Subcultures of Popular Music
    EditorsChris Rojek
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherSage Publications Inc
    ISBN (Print)9781849207584
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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