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Assessing Turbofolk Controversies : Popular Music between the Nation and the Balkans

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ARCHER, Rory, 2012. Assessing Turbofolk Controversies : Popular Music between the Nation and the Balkans. In: Southeastern Europe. 36(2), pp. 178-207. ISSN 0094-4467. eISSN 1876-3332. Available under: doi: 10.1163/187633312X642103

@article{Archer2012Asses-47685, title={Assessing Turbofolk Controversies : Popular Music between the Nation and the Balkans}, year={2012}, doi={10.1163/187633312X642103}, number={2}, volume={36}, issn={0094-4467}, journal={Southeastern Europe}, pages={178--207}, author={Archer, Rory} }

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