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Art, Ethics and Provocation

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Edited By Anna Suwalska-Kolecka and Izabella Penier

The main purpose of this volume is to look into a wide spectrum of artistic ventures which cross boundaries and challenge habitual thinking, consequently involving an element of provocation. While it is true that not all great art is provocative, the most memorable artefacts are these which have confounded our aesthetic expectations or stirred our moral imagination. However, as the turn of the millennium witnessed ever more shocking artistic gestures of provocation, the question arises if there are any limits to artistic freedom. The essays collected in this book offer a truly interdisciplinary perspective and deal with creative acts of transgression from a broad range of fields: literature, theatre, visual art, film, anthropology, and others. This volume will appeal to readers interested in artistic and academic pursuits that are subversive and irreverent.

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3. Aborted Quests and Failed Acts of Provocation

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Andrzej Dorobek State School of Higher Eduction in Płock, Poland a.dorobek@petronet.pl Polish Acid Rock Approximations Abstract: The following essay is an attempt at discussing the Polish variety of Anglo- American acid rock in historical perspective. After identifying the initial analogies between the original phenomenon and its domestic version (beat beginnings), I shall try to establish why the latter failed to evolve in a parallel way, both in the artistic and sociocultural sense. Thus, I will consider the political incorrectness of rock music in the communist Poland, resulting in the lack of commercial promotion, or even oppression: the limited access to psychedelic/narcotic substances notwithstanding. Consequently, I will recall many prom- ising artists: forbidden to perform or make records (Vox Gentis), ignored by local media (Zdrój Jana), or unable to start any career, due to the indifference of promoters and record companies (Elektrons Beat). Separate space shall be devoted to the analysis of two records that, for different reasons, may be considered most adequate examples of psychedelic inspi- rations in Polish musical reference, though their acid-rock identity is debatable (Korowód by Marek Grechuta & Anawa and Peyotl by Tomasz Stańko). The latter fact implies that there was virtually no psychedelic revolution in Polish music and youth culture: the nega- tive consequences of this situation still being felt. Keywords: psychedelia, acid, beat, rock, creativity, politics, ideology, oppression, commu- nism, underground In the Polish pop/rock music discourse one of the most peculiar notions has al- ways been the one of...

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