Book Talk: Oral History of the Russian Punk Movement (SF)
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Punk Book Talk: What About Tomorrow? The Oral History of Russian Punk by author and historian Alexander Herbert.
In this climate of Anti-Russian sentiment, find out the truths behind the punk scene in Russia, and how it is more relevant than ever now to maintain the spirit of anti-authoritarianism and activism.
“Punk arrived in Soviet Russia in 1978, spreading slowly at first through black market vinyl records and soon exploding into state-controlled performance halls, where authorities found the raucous youth movement easier to control. In fits and starts, the scene grew and flourished, always a step ahead of secret police and neo-Nazis, through glastnost, perestroika, and the end of the Cold War. Despite a few albums smuggled out of the country and released in Europe and the US, most Westerners had never heard of Russia’s punk movement until Pussy Riot burst onto the international stage. This oral history takes you through four decades of the scene’s evolution, from its origins in St Petersburg and Moscow to uniquely thriving punk scenes in the provincial capitals. This glimpse behind the iron curtain feels immediate, real, and more relevant than ever.”
Pick up signed copies of this important book along with the Punks Around Omnibus released this weekend!
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