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SXSW 2019

Gems of a Forgotten Era: Anatolian Rock Revival

These days people in Turkey are rediscovering their musical roots. The coup d'etat in 1980 resulted in a cultural erosion and in the arts, especially music. Artists had to flee the country, most got jailed, their recordings burned by the military forces. Nowadays, however, the music of the 1960s and the 70s is resurfacing. Anatolian Rock Revival Project is a non-profit initiative to make people aware of this music with the power of design and illustration. We have worked with over a hundred artists to create individual posters for these forgotten songs. All the songs have been digitally remastered and shared with unique artworks. All the songs have also been translated into English and have subtitle options on Youtube so we believe it's time for people abroad to know about it too.

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  1. Discover the forgotten rock classics of Turkey.
  2. See over 100 beautiful artworks made for rock songs from the 60s & the 70's.
  3. Learn about the social history of Turkey in the 60s & 70s


  • gökhan yücel, Creative director, fikr'et


gökhan yücel, Creative director, Fikr'et

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Music Industry & Culture
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner
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