Sorapet Pinyoo and the status of pleeng luuk tung

James Mitchell

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Before 1997 a number of social, political and academic movements combined to present a more negative image of luuk tung (Thai country music) than was warranted and as a result, the genre was understudied. This article identifies the forces that influenced the development of luuk tung's status in Thai society and demonstrates how the rising status of luuk tung since 1997 has influenced recent academic writing by Thai authors. This survey of the voices that speak on luuk tung is grounded by an analysis of the lyrics and melodies of Sorapet Pinyoo, a well-known luuk tung artist.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-321
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Southeast Asian Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Bibliographical note

Copyright [2009] The National University of Singapore. Published by Cambridge University Press. Article originally published in Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 40:2, pp. 295-321. The original article can be found at


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