‘OUR PLACE’, OR WHERE THE ‘BLACK SHEEP’ USED TO HANG OUT


Author: Yana Yancheva

Abstract

As in all other spheres of life in Bulgaria, the political and economic transition in the end of the 20th century caused a serious impact on the functioning of youth culture. After the formal socialist institutions and organizations were disbanded, various informal youth communities emerged, affiliated on the basis of music preferences and other interests. This work is dedicated to the development of rock culture in a small peripheral town in northwestern Bulgaria. I am trying to show how the local rock community was formed and also its lifestyle in the time of transition through claiming common identity and common space. So the object of the study is outlining that place’s the atmosphere, everyday practices and the interactions between the members.

 

Key words: youth culture, rock culture, subculture, public/private space