Rock Military Style: Motivations Behind the Military Look of 1960s Rock Musicians

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From Peter McNeil's 'Introduction', to the volume, pp. xxiii-xxiv: "Michael A. Langkjaer pursues a different style politics, that of "Rock Military Style": Motivations Behind the Military Look of 1960's Rock Musicians, with some Remarks Concerning the Ethical Dimension." Through a careful study of the wardrobe of Jimi Hendrix, Langkjaer unpacks the motives and meanings that lay behind the star's use of second-hand uniforms. What did it mean for young men opposed to war to wear such loaded symbols of militarism? "Assumptions about the motivations behind the donning of uniforms among rock-musicians, as well as among contemporary youth, must be re-examined," he argues, "and the field of inquiry widened." Langkjaer indicates his vexation with a certain type of cultural studies method that uses terms such as "transgressive" without paying any attention to the specifics of the modes or garments discussed there-under. His is an important methodological paper in which written visual sources are combined with a keen understanding of the spirit of the times, one suspects that Langkjaer enjoys very much."
Translated title of the contributionRock Militær Stil: Motivationer bag militær-looket hos 1960ernes rock musikere
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordic Fashion Studies
EditorsPeter McNeil, Louise Wallenberg
Number of pages21
Place of PublicationStockholm
PublisherAxl Books
Publication date2012
ISBN (Print)9789197859899
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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