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From Russia With Soundcheck: A Guide To Siberian Punk

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Yanka Dyagileva was one of the primary forces in underground music in Siberia Yanka Dyagileva was one of the primary forces in underground music in Siberia (Youtube)

Last week on our primer to Russian music and culture, From Russia With Soundcheck, Regina Spektor told us about the "Bob Dylan of Russia," Vladmir Vysotsky. His anti-establishment message became the first rumblings of an entire underground generation of rebel music in Russia, reaching its fullest expression in Siberian punk rock. 

Bryan Swirsky is the curator of a set of compilations focusing on punk music throughout the former Soviet republics. In a conversation with host John Schaefer, Swirsky talks about why Siberian punk in particular has such depth, and about the close-knit group of artists that formed the nexus of this music.

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