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It’s only rock ‘n’ roll, some say. But in the case of indonesia, rock music has played an important part in political opposition movements, especially against the authoritarian New Order regime. With no obvious political bugaboos to fight today, M. Taufiqurrahman asks if it still has a role to play in the nascent democracy.
Rock music, its underground incarnation in particular, played a crucial part in the effort to topple the New Order regime, one scholar asserts.
Ethnomusicologist Jeremy Wallach of Ohio’s Bowling Green State University argues that the performative politics of indigenously produced underground rock music helped lay the groundwork for an oppositional consciousness among Indonesian students.
“ later found an expression in the grassroots protest movement responsible for toppling the Soeharto regime…