Publ.: Rocking St. Petersburg: Transcultural Flows and Identity Politics in Post-Soviet Popular Music

Rocking St. PetersburgDavid-Emil Wickström:
“Rocking St. Petersburg: Transcultural Flows and Identity Politics in Post-Soviet Popular Music”
Second, revised edition
ibidem Press (2014)
370 pages
ISBN 978-3-8382-0100-9

In this remarkable book, David-Emil Wickström traces the transcultural flow of popular music production emanating from St. Petersburg, a central hub of the Russian music scene. With a specific focus on the post-Soviet emigrant community in Germany and their event Russendisko, Wickström – himself a trumpet player in two local bands – explores St. Petersburg`s vibrant music scene, which provides an electrifying platform for musical exchange.

The findings shed a new light on Soviet and post-Soviet popular music history and even Russia`s relationship to Ukraine. Wickström demonstrates the filtering processes embedded in transcultural flows and how music is attributed new meanings within new contexts. This innovative book not only promotes a deeper understanding of the role of popular music in society, it also enables a better comprehension of cultural processes in the second decade after the fall of the Soviet Union.

For more information visit cup.columbia.edu/book/rocking-st-petersburg/9783838206004 or www.ibidemverlag.de

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