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Biculturalism and the Apollo-Soyuz Mission


The final two short audio pieces from the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia. “A Brief Conversation on Biculturalism” by Alexandra Diouk and “Remembering the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Mission: 45 years of US-Russian Space Cooperation” by Lisa Becker.

Trash Protests and Leninopad


Two short audio pieces from the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia. “The Great Russian Trash Crisis” by Seth Farkas and  “An Empty Pedestal: Ukraine after Leninopad” by Sabrina Beaver.

Russian Punk Rock

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Guest:

Alexander Herbert is a graduate student at the University of Chicago working on Modern Russian History. He has been involved with the Russian punk scene extensively for about 4 years and has contributed articles to Razorcake and Maximum Rock ’n’ Roll. Along with his degree work and raising a 1 year old, Alexander has been compiling a collection of interviews, fanzines, lyrics, and records on Russian punk from 1978-2015.

Alexander is looking for a publisher for the English translation of (Proverochnaya Lineyka or Straight Edge’s) Peter’s memoir Exodus. You can find a German article about the book here. If your interested in publishing the book, I can provide Alexander’s contact information.

Music:

Otdel Samoiskoreneniia (Self-Eradication Department), “Voinaya Monarkhiia,” 1983. You can find a remastered version of the album confiscated by the KGB here.

Proverochnaia Lineika (Straight Edge), “Papa,” 2004.

Ricochet, “Cinema Paradiso,” 2011.

Russian Punk Rock Resources

Film

Vladimir Kozlov’s documentary Traces in the Snow on the Siberian Political Punk scene.

Influential Soviet/Russian Bands

Avtomaticheski Udovletvoriteli
Otdel Samoiskoreneniia
Grazhdanskaya Oborona
Obekt Nasmeshek
Narodnoe Opolchenie
Televizor
DDT
Sektor Gaza
Karol i shut
Vibrator
Tarakany
Naiv
Solomennye Enoty
Proverochnaya Lineyka
Zhenskaya Bolezn’ (80s all female punk/metal)
Pincher (contemporary feminist punk)
Minefield
Scrap Monsters
Party Breaker
Hopes and Disasters
East Beat Records
Other bands worth listening to:
Ricochet
Purgen
Brigadny Podryad
Milligan (Izhevsk)
Cretin Boys
Mashnin Band
Till I die
Uchetel Trudna
Smex
What we Feel
Distemper
Spory (Kazan)
Labels, music, journalism sites:
Feddy Begemot’s recording site