Russia Gets the Blues: Music, Culture, and Community in Unsettled Times (Culture and Society after Socialism)

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Russia Gets the Blues: Music, Culture, and Community in Unsettled Times (Culture and Society after Socialism)

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Rating : 4.78 (601 Votes)
Asin : 0801489008
Format Type : paperback
Number of Pages : 200 Pages
Publish Date : 2016-06-20
Language : English

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Both scholars and blues aficionados will find Urban's book an engaging read and an invaluable resource."Nancy Condee, Department of Slavic Language and Literature and Director, Graduate Program for Cultural Studies, University of Pittsburgh"This book riffs on the postsocialist blues, with a groovy blend of ethnomusicology, sociology, and politics. The 'Russian soul' gets a major makeover as Urban places Russia on the world music map for the first time."Mark Slobin, Wesleyan University . Blues culture in Russiathe First Moscow Blues Festival, the Arbat Blues Club, and the Dr. "In a book of comparatively short length, Urban and his collaborator Andrei Endikimov not only trace the history of the blues in Russia, but place

Michael Urban chronicles the advent of blues music in Russia and explores the significance of the genre in the turbulent, postcommunist society. While adapting the idiom to their own conditions, Russia's bliuzmeny (bluesmen) have absorbed the blues ethos encoded in the music by their American forebears, using it to invert their social world, thus deriving dignity and satisfaction from those very things that give one the blues.Based on more than forty interviews with blues musicians and fans, nightclub managers, and others, Russia Gets the Blues reveals the fascinating history of blues in Russia, from the initial mimicry of British blues-rock to the recent emergence of a specifically "Russian blues." The gradual mastering of the idiom in Russia has been conditioned by the culture of the country's intelligentsia, a fact explaining why, on one hand, bliuzmeny feel compelled to proselytize on behalf of the music, to share with others this treasure of "world culture," while, on the other, they perform blues almost exclusively in Englishwhich almost no one understandsand condemn any and all efforts to make the music commercially successful.. Russians, he explains, have taken a music originating in the "low" culture of the American South and transformed it into an object of "high" culture, fa

. Michael Urban is Professor of Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His books include The Rebirth of Politics in Russia. Andrei Evdokimov hosts All This Blues, a weekly radio show in Moscow

Russia gets the Russian Blues Michael Urban -- an American professor of comparative politics from the Sunshine State (is there the Blues in California?) - has chosen an interesting, even surprising, topic. He sounds authoritative and seems to have a knowledge and genuine interest in things Russian. He obviously spends time in Russia and speaks the lan

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