"L'estaca:": Transnational Trajectories of a Catalan Antifascist Song

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This article focuses on the song “L’estaca,” which was composed in 1968 by Catalan songwriter Lluís Llach and became emblematic of the struggle against the Francoist dictatorship. I trace the ways in which the song has been reused and assigned new valence in a variety of cultural and political contexts, including the 1980s Solidarność movement in Poland and the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia. I interrogate how this anti-Francoist song has been recently recaptured by leftist social movements and political parties in Spain, as well as by the Catalan separatist movement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalPopular Music and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2020


  • "L'estaca"
  • Catalonia
  • Francoism
  • Lluis Llach
  • Nova Canco
  • Spain

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