Let there be rock: ‘Western’ heavy metal in Soviet press and public opinion during the Soviet Union’s final decadepurchase PDF
Authors: Boris Von Faust
Cold War,USSR,print media,propaganda,popular culture,music,heavy metal,public opinion
In recent years, heavy metal music and its fans have received heightened consideration from the academic community, not only from a cultural perspective but also from a social, psychological and cultural standpoint; yet metal’s role as a valid political force remains largely overlooked by academics and critics alike. As a counter-cultural movement, heavy metal was instrumental in altering the political world-view of an entire generation of Eastern European youngsters during the final decades of the Cold War, which reflected in the younger generation’s resistance to the domination of Communist ideology. As a first-hand witness and participant of these cultural, political and social transformations, I chose to explore the role of metal counter-culture’s depiction in – and its interaction with – the Soviet press during the final decade of the USSR’s existence, in an attempt to highlight the evolution of metal’s underground status behind the Iron Curtain.