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Penn History Review

Abstract

InArgentina today, the memory of the military government that ruled between the years 1976 and 1983 remains a sharp one. The question of reparations for those who disappeared as a consequence of state or guerrilla terrorism remains hotly debated. “Repression” and “oppression” have strong connotations linked to the violence of the military regime. It was a sad time inArgentine history, one that many have not been able to forget. The period was marked by sharp social divisions, disorder, and moral confusion; indeed, many Argentines were afraid to articulate their views out of fear of retribution from either the state or armed guerillas groups. In spite of this fear,Argentines needed to find ways to express themselves. If nothing else, they needed a medium through which to voice their innermost concerns and anxieties, political or otherwise. Artistic and cultural expressions, such as literature or music, offered such a medium and, as a result, they soon became highly politicized. In the realm of music, rock became one of the most important modes of expression for certain sectors of Argentine society. Most notably, young people found in rock music a way to come together and create an identity that was their own and that opposed the moral tenets of those in power. What follows is an analysis of the role played by Argentine rock among those people who grew up under the military government that ruled between the years 1976 and 1983.

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