God Bless come back

new experiments with nostalgia in Indonesian rock


  • Emma Baulch Australian National University




comeback, God bless, Indonesia, nostalgia, popular music, rock


This article discusses the production of an Indonesian rock past through a case study of the 1970s rock band God Bless, which has been gradually ‘coming back’ since the middle of the 2000s. In doing so, the article documents this comeback, analyses shifts in the band’s position vis-à-vis nationality, and places these shifts in the context of the industrial and aesthetic transformation of Indonesian popular music over the past decade or so. Furthermore, it considers how the range of nostalgic productions associated with the comeback might be understood not only in light of the scholarship on nostalgia, but also the political environment it inhabits.

Author Biography

Emma Baulch, Australian National University

Emma Baulch is an ARC Post Doctoral Fellow at the School of Cultures, Histories and Languages at the Australian National University. She is the author of Making Scenes: Reggae, Punk and Death Metal in 1990s Bali (Duke University Press, 2007).


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How to Cite

Baulch, E. (2012). God Bless come back: new experiments with nostalgia in Indonesian rock. Perfect Beat, 12(2), 129–146. https://doi.org/10.1558/prbt.v12i2.129