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Title: Do Not Panic: Hawkwind, the Cold War and "the imagination of disaster"
Contributor(s): Ihde, Erin  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2015
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/23311983.2015.1024564Open Access Link
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Abstract: The English rock band, Hawkwind, was amongst the founders of the genre known as "space rock". From the early 1970s to the early 1990s, their work also included references to Cold War issues. An examination of their concert appearances, musical output and printed matter reveals that relevant material often reflected the "imagination of disaster" made famous in an essay by Susan Sontag. As well, there are correlations between the waxing and waning of Cold War tensions, and the presence and absence of such themes in their work. Thus, their work provides an example of how popular music could serve as a barometer of the impact of the Cold War on popular culture.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Cogent Arts & Humanities, 2(1), p. 1-15
Publisher: Cogent OA
Place of Publication: London, United Kingdom
ISSN: 2331-1983
Field of Research (FOR): 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
210305 British History
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 950101 Music
959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
950199 Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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