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1983: the year of national rock

In 1983, the ban on Anglo-Saxon music gave an unintended space to project national rock.
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| 16 October, 2019 |

1983 began with the shadow of the Falkland War, but with a fog that seemed to be dissipating. Things were changing and felt in the air. That year — the year in which we would finally regain our democracy — was also the year in which national rockexploded.

For the military dictatorship that had ruled Argentina since 1976, rock was, at first, an enemy. For them, young people, because of their “addiction to rock”, would become subversives. For this reason, rock was persecuted and censored, and many artists had to go into exile. However, with the Falkland War, the enemy changed: it was forbidden to pass music in English. So, the national production took over the radios, pubs and stadiums.

In addition, the military regime understood that it needed the support of young people. It was in this way that he began to give them public spaces so that they could persuade the population, through their music, to support the war. However, instead of promoting the epic discourse of the military, national rock used those scenarios to resist, disagree, and say what no one had been able to say during all those years. The regime’s sunset came, society was no longer standing still, and rock came to give voice to those who were silent.

The institutionalization of rock

In early 1983, the magazine Pelo prepared a special in which they presented the new faces of music and echoed that phenomenon: “After a year of transition, this new season comes with many unknowns about the future of rock in the allicious context of the country… 1982 will be remembered for many reasons. For it was the year of the Malvinas, the one of the hardest economic crisis and the one of institutionalization of national rock.”

Institutionalized, Argentine rock shot into infinity. Sumo, Virus, Grandparents of Noth, Charly García, Los Twist, among others, released some of their most emblematic albums in 1983. And the band kept playing. And Argentina kept rocking.

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