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Political Music

Legitimization and Contestation

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Edited By Tomasz Bichta and Anna Szwed-Walczak

In the 12 chapters of this book the authors argue for the universal presence of music in public space and social relations. The examples of American, British, Hungarian, Polish and Russian music serve to elucidate two functions of political music, that of legitimizing and contesting political power. Both satirical songs with their ironic commentary on specific events and people as well as protest songs undermining the system corroborate the universal character of the legitimizing and delegitimizing function of music. The book is addressed to readers interested in countercultural movements and politically engaged music, especially to students of political studies, sociology and cultural studies.

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The Political Consequences of Media Popularity for the Rock Singer Krzysztof Cugowski

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Krystyna Leszczyńska1

Abstract: In light of the decreasing popularity of the Senate of the Republic of Poland between 1989 and 2019,2 the leaders of political parties have opted for well-known candidates on account of, for example, their professional achievements. Jarosław Kaczyński’s Law and Justice party won the elections to the Senate in 2005 in electoral district 6 (the Lublin area) by selecting as its candidate one of the greatest Polish rock musicians Krzysztof Cugowski. Political calculation was more important for the Law and Justice party (PiS) than qualifications necessary to fulfil the mandate of a senator. “The ethics of conviction” took an upper hand over “the ethics of responsibility.” In practice, unsatisfactory preparation, lack of political experience and low loyalty to the party turned out to be the biggest “vices” of the lead singer of Budka Suflera.

Keywords: the Senate of the Third Republic of Poland, political calculation, political retirement, Krzysztof Cugowski, rock musician

The Senate re-established in 1989 included among its members many important personages representing fields such as education, culture, business, sport and media. Despite that, the Senate of the Third Republic of Poland did not manage to earn proper prestige and gain wider public acceptance; the senators seldom achieved the status of respected authorities, and if they did, it was due to their professional achievements rather than the very fact of being a member of the second chamber of the Parliament. Owing to the fact that almost...

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