Rock And Roll In The Rocket City: The West, Identity, And Ideology In Soviet Dniepropetrovsk, 1960–1985 by Sergei I. ZhukRock And Roll In The Rocket City: The West, Identity, And Ideology In Soviet Dniepropetrovsk, 1960–1985 by Sergei I. Zhuk

Rock And Roll In The Rocket City: The West, Identity, And Ideology In Soviet Dniepropetrovsk, 1960…

bySergei I. Zhuk

Hardcover | April 1, 2010

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How did rock music and other products of Western culture come to pervade youth culture in Brezhnev-era Dniepropetrovsk, a Ukrainian city essentially closed to outsiders and heavily policed by the KGB? In Rock and Roll in the Rocket City, Sergei I. Zhuk assesses the impact of Westernization on the city’s youth, examining the degree to which the consumption of Western music, movies, and literature ultimately challenged the ideological control maintained by state officials.

This book is the first historical study—in any language—of the everyday lives of Soviet urban youth during the Brezhnev era. A longtime student and resident of Dniepropetrovsk, Zhuk began research for this project in the 1990s. Weaving together diaries, interviews, oral histories, and KGB and party archival documents, he provides a vivid account of how Soviet cultural repression and unrest during the Brezhnev period laid the groundwork for a resurgent Ukrainian nationalism in the 1980s. In so doing, he demonstrates the influence of Western cultural consumption on the formation of a post-Soviet national identity.

Sergei I. Zhuk is a professor of history at Ball State University. He is the author of Russia's Lost Reformation: Peasants, Millennialism, and Radical Sects in Southern Russia and Ukraine, 1830-1917. He was a Kennan Institute Research Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in 2002-2003.
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Title:Rock And Roll In The Rocket City: The West, Identity, And Ideology In Soviet Dniepropetrovsk, 1960…Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.36 inPublished:April 1, 2010Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801895502

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Rock and Roll in the Rocket City is crammed with food for thought and should provoke many productive conversations in the field of Soviet history and beyond.