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'After All, You're a Rock and Roll Star (At Least, That's What They Say)': Roksi and the Creation of the Soviet Rock Musician

Polly McMichael
The Slavonic and East European Review
Vol. 83, No. 4 (Oct., 2005), pp. 664-684
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4214174
Page Count: 21
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Abstract

In 1977 a group of rock musicians and fans from Leningrad began producing a samizdat periodical, Roksi, in which they gave voice to debates about the influence of Western rock on the development of the local music scene, and about the possibility of rock stardom in the Soviet context. This article examines the construction of the figure of the rock musician as revealed in articles written for Roksi, as well as on the album Vse brat'ia - sestry, recorded in 1978 by two of the journal's contributors, Boris Grebenshchikov and Maik Naumenko. Examining these contemporary texts enables a re-reading of the place of rock music in Soviet culture and the relationship between Leningrad's musicians and their fans.

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