Rock and Roll in the Rocket City: The West, Identity, and Ideology in Soviet Dnepropetrovsk, 1960-1985

Rock and Roll in the Rocket City: The West, Identity, and Ideology in Soviet Dnepropetrovsk,... Book Reviews / Th e Soviet and Post-Soviet Review 37 (2010) 187–203 189 Sergei I. Zhuk. Rock and Roll in the Rocket City: Th e West, Identity, and Ideolog y in Soviet Dnepropetrovsk, 1960-1985 ( John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2010). 440 pp. $65.00 (hb) Despite its ominous-sounding title, this book is not another sensationalist Western approach to Soviet rock music. Historian Sergei Zhuk’s scope is far wider and more ambitious. For twenty years he has collected a truly impressive amount of material on what he terms ‘cultural consump- tion’ in the closed military-industrial city of Dnepropetrovsk in Soviet Ukraine. Working from various diaries, interviews, and archival sources, he examines the popularity and impact of cul- tural products from the West on the population of a closed city of the USSR during the 25 years leading up to Perestroika. Th is includes not only Western rock music, but also movies and litera- ture. Th e emergence of the various cultural forms is contrasted by the reactions and counterac- tions of the local security apparatus. Th e account spans from the jazz stiliagi of the early 60s, via Beatlemania, foreign box offi ce successes in the local cinema theatres http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Soviet and Post Soviet Review Brill

Rock and Roll in the Rocket City: The West, Identity, and Ideology in Soviet Dnepropetrovsk, 1960-1985

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BRILL
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© 2010 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-1262
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1876-3324
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10.1163/187633210X536906
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Book Reviews / Th e Soviet and Post-Soviet Review 37 (2010) 187–203 189 Sergei I. Zhuk. Rock and Roll in the Rocket City: Th e West, Identity, and Ideolog y in Soviet Dnepropetrovsk, 1960-1985 ( John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2010). 440 pp. $65.00 (hb) Despite its ominous-sounding title, this book is not another sensationalist Western approach to Soviet rock music. Historian Sergei Zhuk’s scope is far wider and more ambitious. For twenty years he has collected a truly impressive amount of material on what he terms ‘cultural consump- tion’ in the closed military-industrial city of Dnepropetrovsk in Soviet Ukraine. Working from various diaries, interviews, and archival sources, he examines the popularity and impact of cul- tural products from the West on the population of a closed city of the USSR during the 25 years leading up to Perestroika. Th is includes not only Western rock music, but also movies and litera- ture. Th e emergence of the various cultural forms is contrasted by the reactions and counterac- tions of the local security apparatus. Th e account spans from the jazz stiliagi of the early 60s, via Beatlemania, foreign box offi ce successes in the local cinema theatres

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Published: Jan 1, 2010

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