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RUSS 6669 - Soviet Music- Russian Show Bus      

From the Soviet Music Industry to Russian Show-Business

The existence of popular music in the USSR presents a peculiar case that begins with the all-mighty Union of composers, the state recording monopoly 'Melodiia', ideological guidance from the communist party and komsomol, and strict control in the media. Over the transitional period of perestroika and glasnost this was transformed into a version of western-style media, presenting some rather unique showbusiness elements, but in a heavily mutated form, containing some rather unique elements - both in musical styles and management. Social, economic and culturological aspects of the Russian pop industry will be illustrated by portraits of typical well-known performers, their songs and videos. Issues covered in the course will include piracy, censorship and musical media policy. Students will write frequent short essays on related topics of their preference. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2012

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RUSS 6687 - Youth Movements & Subcultures      

Youth Movements and Subcultures in Russia: From Dandies and Decembrists to Gopniki and Hipsters

The course will focus on political (the decembrists, marxists, dissidents), social (narodniki, nihilists), cultural (futurists, "shestidesiatniki"), lifestyle (dandies, stiliagi, liubery) and even virtual ("lishnie ljudi") species of multi-faceted youth activities in Russia throughout two centuries. Each trend will be carefully described, analyzed, and put in historical perspective. Most of the presented cults and movements will be provided with illustrations from literature, film and music. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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RUSS 6705 - Rock Music in Russia & USSR      

Rock Music in Russia and the USSR

This course will trace the emergence and development of rock and roll music – initially an exotic American influence which later grew into bona fide Russian genre – in the Soviet Union and, subsequently, the Russian Federation. As in the west, the musical developments in rock went hand in hand with ever-changing youth cults, social trends and cultural shocks: from the 'styliagi' of the 50s to Beatlemania and the Russian hippy movement of the 60s and 70s, to protest-driven 'Russian rock' of the 80s and the current contradictory situation. Lectures will be accompanied by audio and video recordings, as well as selected feature films. Course assignments will include essays on Soviet and Russian rock acts and oral reports. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2012, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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