“Everything was Kind of in Movement”: Mobility and Place in Musicians’ Life Stories


Sverker Hyltén-Cavallius (Swedish Performing Arts Agency)

This paper focuses on the life stories of three musicians who began their careers in 1960s Sweden, and who all made journeys of some kind. These life stories describe different kinds of mobility, from aesthetic transitions to physical journeys (cf Cresswell 2006). The aim is to analyze how mobility is expressed, in relation to both notions of a zeitgeist and ideas of stability and rootedness. 1960s Sweden, often envisioned as a peripheral receiver of mediated pop cultural input, here becomes a complex entanglement of biographical trajectories transcending social time and space.

Part of 21-03 Creative Shifts: Music, Mobility, and Meaning in a Globalizing North, Tuesday, October 19, 9:30 am–11:00 am