Tag Archive for rock n’ roll

Behind the Iron Curtain: Western Music and the Soviet Collapse

The rise of Mikhail Gorbachev to General Secretary of the Soviet Union ushered in a time of general reform in Soviet Russia.  This reform was not out of want, but rather out of necessity.  The volatility of the international oil and natural gas markets, along with the ups and downs of the ever-struggling agricultural sector, […]

The Iron Curtain Fears A Little Bit of Rock n’ Roll

In the 1980′s, youth culture was rapidly changing and the newer generations were always after the most hip fashions, music, and styles from the West. The USSR had little in terms of pop culture flair, so Russia youths always tried to get their hands on music from the US and UK. Rock music, especially what […]

Rock Goes Russian

Estrada, or stage music, was the preferred music of 1973. It rarely addressed the social issues of the time, but rather focused on the official boundaries of Soviet discourse. The musical establishment of the time “controlled the business through exclusive rights to lease stages, issue recording contracts, contract for radio and television appearances, or to […]

Rock Goes Red: Rock Music Comes to Soviet Russia

Rock Goes Red It did not take long for rock and roll culture to begin to permeate the Iron Curtain. The 1960′s spawned the era of rock with the advent of some of the most influential bands, such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, producing some of the most famous music in modern history. […]