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Punk in Russia

Cultural mutation from the “useless” to the “moronic”

edited by: Ivan Gololobov, Hilary Pilkington, Yngvar B Steinholt
Series: Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series
ISBN: 978-0-415-73013-6
price: £90.00

Book's frontpage

Punk culture is currently having a revival worldwide and is poised to extend and mutate even more as youth unemployment and youth alienation increase in many countries of the world. In Russia, its power to have an impact and to shock is well illustrated by the state response to activist collective and punk band Pussy Riot. This book, based on extensive original research, examines the nature of punk culture in contemporary Russia. Drawing on interviews and observation, it explores the vibrant punk music scenes and the social relations underpinning them in three contrasting Russian cities. It relates punk to wider contemporary culture and uses the Russian example to discuss more generally what constitutes 'punk' today.


Table of contents

1. Punk, but Not as we Know it: Rethinking Punk from a Post-Socialist Perspective Hilary Pilkington
2. The Evolution of Punk in Russia Ivan Gololobov and Yngvar B. Steinholt
3. St Petersburg: Big City - Small Scenes Yngvar B. Steinholt, Ivan Gololobov and Hilary Pilkington
4. Krasnodar: Perpendicular Culture in the Biggest Village on Earth Ivan Gololobov
5. Vorkuta: A Live Scene in a ‘Rotting City’ Hilary Pilkington
6. Conclusion Hilary Pilkington, Ivan Gololobov and Yngvar B. Steinholt

About the Authors

Ivan Gololobov is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK
Hilary Pilkington
is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester, UK
Yngvar B Steinholt
is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Literature and Culture at Troms? University, Norway


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