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Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas | Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Av. de Berna, n.º 26 C
1069-061 Lisboa
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Ricardo Andrade is a researcher in Ethnomusicology at the Instituto de Etnomusicologia - Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança (INET-MD), in Lisbon. He completed undergraduate studies in Musicology, and a master's degree in Ethnomusicology at the New University of Lisbon. His research interests concentrate in pop-rock music in Portugal. He finished his PhD thesis about the "boom of Portuguese rock" phenomenon in the early 1980s.

Doctoral Project



Ar de Rock: the rock boom in Portugal during the early 80s



Salwa Castelo-Branco


Fellow Reference




This research aims to understand the changes in the musical practices that characterized the so-called "portuguese rock boom" in the early 80's in Portugal, a designation that refers to the first moment of major commercial success of rock music recorded and published in Portugal. It consists on the study of several musical practices which shaped the universe of popular music in Portugal since the late 70s, taking into account its relations to various publishing industries (phonographic, press, radio, and television). It addresses the aspects which shaped the development of portuguese-sung rock repertoire - the so-called "portuguese rock" - in convergence with the development of the phonographic industry in the country. This study also focuses on the repertoire, musical practices, contexts and values that characterized this phenomenon. Following an ethnomusicological approach to the study of musical production and mediation, it also articulates the phenomenon with various social and political changes that occurred in the period.