I'm not a fan of front-page posts that don't describe their link, but I seriously have no idea what this is.
It's Russian. It's from the '60s. Now that I've watched it, I feel my life is complete, yet I somehow simultaneously want my eight minutes back (you've been warned). SLYT.
Some revolutions are about hate. Others are about revenge. But there was at least one that was about hope and music. The Singing Revolution is the story of how hope and music saved a nation
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When people think of Soviet culture in the Stalin era, jazz
usually isn't the first music to come to mind. But it was there, and some of it was pretty good, whether adapting Western standards
partying with a Russian twist
, or just being adventurous
. If that's a little too old-school for you, try some Soviet funk
Yanka (Янка) Dyagileva (1966-1991)
was one of the foremost members of the former USSR's magnitizdat
circuit. Albeit overshadowed in time by the likes of Vysotsky
, she (along with longtime collaborators Grazhdanskaya Oborona
[Civil Defence]) played a mixture of folk and punk: raw, unrelenting and angry. Sadly, the greatest memorial to her on the web is entirely in Russian
, but offers interest to even those that do not speak the language: her complete discography
is available for download, a bevy of photographs
providing an inside look into the late 80's underground music scene in the USSR (...and the penalties for participating in it
), and some tablatures
if you ever just want to play along
. She's even got a Myspace
Documents and articles about one of the twentieth century's greatest composers, some of them focusing on the problems he encountered working under a totalitarian system. Some highlights :- 'Do not judge me too harshly': anti-Communism in Shostakovich's letters
; 'You must remember!': Shostakovich's alleged 1937 interrogation
; About Shostakovich's 1948 downfall.
More related material can be found at the Music under Soviet Rule
There are a number of interesting sites dealing with music expression and censorship generally. The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has a site on the music of the concentration camps
- 'While popular songs dating from before the war remained attractive as escapist fare, the ghetto, camp, and partisan settings also gave rise to a repertoire of new works. ' Here's a Guardian article on the Blue Notes
, who 'fought apartheid in South Africa with searing jazz'. Here's a page about the Drapchi 14
, Tibetan nuns who 'recorded independence songs and messages to their families on a tape recorder' (and were subsequently punished). Finally, a page on records which were banned from BBC radio
during the 1991 Gulf War (example :- 'Walk Like an Egyptian').