A record of Penang’s love of popular music


The players of Penang’s golden age of music get due recognition.

It may be hard to believe, but once upon a time, Malaysia had women with silky, permed hair and short skirts shaking to the rhythms of Western rock ‘n’ roll. For this reason, the existence of popular music in the country has often been dismissed by those concerned with “moral decadence” as an inconvenient “mistake of times past”. Thankfully, with the launch of coffee-table book Just for the Love of It, the team at Strategic Information Research Development Centre (SIRD)/Gerakbudaya has come up with a volume that documents that age in all of its pictorial glory, acknowledging the glamorous past of a nation plagued by increasing religious conservatism.

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