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Santa Monica College Professor Muños Communications 1 Anna Birkstedt 11/05/09 Oral History Project Interviewer : Anna Birkstedt Interviewee : Maja-Lisa Birkstedt Relationship : Grandmother Introduction For this project I chose to interview my beloved grandmother Maja-Lisa. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden and will turn 85 years old this December. Not only did I chose to interview her because she is 65+, but because she is one of my biggest inspirations in life and I thought it would be very interesting to learn about her early media experience as a young girl in Sweden compared to mine, 70 years later. My grandmother was born in 1924, and grew up in Stockholm, Sweden. Growing up in this time, in between the two world wars, meant she got to experience many changes in society, some good and some bad. Music, movies and TV helped her get through these tough times and helped bring joy to many people’s lives. Sound recording Being a fairly small county, Sweden has always had the need to stay internationally up to date. Very early on, American artists and movies made its way into Swedish culture, and is today as big a part of it as music and movies produced by Swedes, if not even bigger. Most of our TV shows, movies and music on the radio come from the US. It is much thanks to this that Swedes speak such good English. Even back in the 1930’s you could buy records by American artists. Even though she did not go abroad until she was much older, my grandmothers favorite artists growing up were all American artists; Frank Sinatra, Lina Horn and Bing Crosby. If she had to pick one record as her favorite it would be Frank Sinatra’s “When you’re smiling”. Unlike today, records back then only had one song on them and were what we would refer to as singles. Not many people had record players at home when my grandmother was growing up. They were still an expensive luxury and would not be seen in middle and lower class homes, in stores or in schools as a learning tool, where you see them today. Being the time in between two world wars, I thought some types of music might have been banned, but according to my grandmother all music was allowed. After all, Sweden remained neutral throughout both wars. Radio Even though they had a radio at home, it was not at all used in the same way as we use it today. We listen to our morning news, get bombarded with commercials, have it on in the background listening passively as we are doing something else, sometimes I feel like my radio is on 24/7. Growing up during the 1930’s and 40’s, my grandmother had a completely different experience with radio. First of all that there was only one station when she grew up,
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