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On these pages I write about topics surrounding the fields of popular music (musicians, musical taste, genres, labels, magazines etc), popular culture and everyday life (scenes, subcultures, memetics, aesthetics, gathering places, habits etc), positioning myself on the ridge between science and independent journalism. Also interviews and music reviews can be found here.

savetierontourA few years ago a friend of mine showed me a big fat book called something like ‘The 500 Best Rock Groups You Must Know’. He had bought it for his girlfriend’s birthday and before he gave it to her, we browsed through it together.

That I knew almost about every band some details, songs, the musician’s names and the like, fascinates him till this day and he tells everyone about it. That is how I became known as the ‘Living Music Encyclopedia’ among my friends.

This incident actually somehow influenced my life or, at least, helped me find my future way: until then I was simply unaware of my strong and serious interest in popular music and knowledge thereof. So my scientific specialization became musical anthropology and anthropology of popular culture. I remain intrigued by the interplay between the aforementioned social phenomena, the told (and untold) legends of music and its roots. I have been surprised by the scientific neglect of music’s role in society and everyday life – a fact that I am willing to change.

In the last years I have been learning several Slavic languages, plus Turkish, Hungarian and Lithuanian, because I think amazing music scenes and groups can be found in the often overseen Eastern Europe. You will encounter a lot of articles about music from East-Central Europe on these pages.

Since 2011 I am also actively working as a musical journalist with an expertise on contemporary new wave music phenomena.  I used to write for the Polish underground magazine AlterNation, but nowadays my own page keeps me quite busy, so that I don’t have much time to write elsewhere. Still, from time to time I am invited to write guest articles on other pages.


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