'Everyone is a little bit gay’ : LGBTIQ Activism in Finnish Pop Music of the 21st Century

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Välimäki , S 2020 , 'Everyone is a little bit gay’ : LGBTIQ Activism in Finnish Pop Music of the 21st Century . in E Askeroi , F Jarman & K A Hansen (eds) , Popular Musicology and Identity : Essays in Honour of Stan Hawkins . Routledge , London , pp. 97–116 .

Title: 'Everyone is a little bit gay’ : LGBTIQ Activism in Finnish Pop Music of the 21st Century
Author: Välimäki, Susanna
Editor: Askeroi, Eirik; Jarman, Freya; Hansen, Kai Arne
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy, History and Art Studies
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2020
Language: eng
Number of pages: 20
Belongs to series: Popular Musicology and Identity Essays in Honour of Stan Hawkins
ISBN: 9780429837647
9780429451751
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/322346
Abstract: In the 21st century, the development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexual, and queer rights has been remarkable in the Nordic countries. Though queering has always been central to pop music, music that deals explicitly with LGBTIQ issues has reached a new phase in this societal development. Recently, several songs dealing explicitly with queer life, written by queer-identified artists and allies, have made the Finnish mainstream pop music charts. In this chapter, I discuss four examples of Finnish contemporary mainstream pop that deal specifically with the experiences of LGBTIQ people: ‘Ihmisten edessä’ [In front of everyone] by Jenni Vartiainen (2007a); ‘Kavereita’ [Friends] by Sini Yasemin (2016); ‘Jokainen on vähän homo’ [Everyone’s a little bit gay] by Jukka Takalo (2010); and ‘Lätkäjätkä-Ville’ [Hockey guy Ville] by Tuure Boelius (2018). By combining queer musicology with societally activist music research, my aim is to analyse how these songs and accompanying music videos communicate LGBTIQ activist messages.
Subject: 6131 Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts
popmusic
Finnish music
LGBT Activism
queer studies
Popular Music Studies
musicology
cultural music analysis
LGBTIQ
6160 Other humanities
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