Wickström, David-Emil

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





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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.

374 Seiten. Paperback. 2014, 2. Auflage
(1. Auflage 2011, Titel: "Okna otkroi!" - "Open the Windows!" Transcultural Flows and Identity Politics in the St. Petersburg Popular Music Scene)
ISBN 978-3-8382-0100-9
ISSN 1614-3515



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"David-Emil Wickström has given us an interesting ethnomusicological study about the post-Soviet rock/pop music scenes in St. Petersburg (Russia) and Berlin (Germany). This book [...] is a result of serious fieldwork conducted in St. Petersburg from 2004 until 2006. The author used not only his interviews with Russian musicians and promoters (managers) of Russian pop/rock music but also his own unique personal experience and observations as a trumpet player in two local (from St. Petersburg) bands (Svoboda and Con Brio)."

Slavic Review, vol. 72, no. 2, summer 2013


"[T]he book makes two related contributions: first, its focus on alternative popular music genres thankfully moves us away from the essentialising narrative of russkii rok; and second, it provides teachers of Russian culture with new ideas for what to play in the classroom."

Europe-Asia Studies
, Vol. 65, No. 7, September 2013


"This book is an example of academic work inspired and driven by expertise in the area that lies in real life outside of academia. The author intermingles musicology, anthropology and area studies in one book and combines his academic background with the most extended form of participant observation. [...]
This book proffers fascinating field experience, rich ethnographic material and attention to detail, which usually escape researchers with a background in history or politics."
Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 68, No. 7, September 2016


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