Tag: The Wire

UNEARTHING THE MUSIC: Sound and Creative Experimentation in Non-democratic Europe

David Thomas: Back in the USSR (The Wire)

David Thomas: Back in the USSR Pere Ubu’s David Thomas travels across the republics of the former Soviet Union, to uncover the effects of glasnost and Western Values on the underground pop scene. (Originally published on The Wire #109, March 1993)   The town of Kyzyl is located on the south bank of the Yenisei …

INDUSTRIAL DISEASE – Russian industrial noise: Pioneers, youth league and party members (The Wire)

In 2001, The Wire magazine published an extensive article by Anton Nikkila in which he analysed late soviet and post-perestroika experimental musicians’ relationships with totalitarianism, from Sergei Kuryokhin’s legacy to acts live AVIA or ZGA. This is a revised version of the original article with a foreword written in 2006, and its the first in …

Ian MacDonald: Raging Silence (The Wire)

RAGING SILENCE by IAN MACDONALD (Originally published on The Wire #190/191, December 1999 / January 2000) During the late 80s, glasnost revealed a secret tradition of hidden meaning in Soviet music. Concepts like ‘shadow writing’, ‘writing between the lines’, ‘giving voice’ and so on became known outside the USSR. In the 1990 BBC2 series Think …

Mike Zwerin: “Siberia – Out Of The Very Cool” (The Wire)

SIBERIA – OUT OF THE VERY COOL Vodka and Friendly Bars In Gold Valley ┬álocation report by mike zwerin (Originally published on The Wire #54, August 1988)   WHEN PAT Metheny toured the Soviet Union last year, he went where he liked, spoke to whomever he wanted and said he was “almost disappointed by the …