East European Countercultures, Rock and Roll and New Wave

January 14, 2010 - 17:30 - 19:00
Nador u. 11
Toth Istvan Gyorgy Room
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Open to the Public
Center for Arts and Culture (CAC)
Department of History
Pasts Inc., Center for Historical Studies
East European Countercultures, Rock and Roll and New Wave

Eastern-European Countercultures, Rock and Roll and New Wave, a discussion with Jeno Menyhart

The seminar offers an introduction into the major trends in the theory of sub-culture and an overview of the main developments in East-Central Europe from the 1960s to the post-communist transition. It is focusing on the alternative musical scene in the sense of a Gesamtkunstwerk, i.e. analyzing its complex linkages to other art branches, especially alternative theatre and performance art, film, and literature. The course intends to place these movements into their respective socio-cultural settings, paying attention to both the local political and artistic contexts and traditions but also the trans-national cultural mediation of styles and ideas.

Jeno Menyhart is one of the iconic figures of Hungarian New Wave. He was guitarist and singer of the band URH in 1980-81, then lead singer of the band Europa Kiado between 1981 and 1994. In 1994 he moved to New York where he played in the band Mr. Con and the Bioneers Brave New World Orchestra. After 2000 he came back to Hungary several times, he regularly sings and plays in various constellations. In 2006 an interview book, made with him by Attila Para-Kovacs was published (Amerika kiado –Beszelgetesek Menyhart Jenovel).