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.
List of FiguresAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. The Closed Rocket City of DniepropetrovskPart I. The "Beating" 1960s2. Anti-Soviet Crimes, Poetry, and Problematic Nationalism, 1960-19683. The Campaign against the Novel Sobor and the End of the National Literary Revival4. The First Wave of Music from the West5. Beatlemania, Shocking Blue, and the Ukrainian Cossacks6. Sources of Rock Music ConsumptionPart II. The Hard-Rocking 1970s7. Western Adventure Stories and Ukrainian Historical Novels8. Crimes from the West9. Idiocy and Historical Romance from the West10. The Democratization of Rock Music Consumption11. Popular Religiosity in the Dniepropetrovsk RegionPart III. The "Disco Era," Antipunk Campaigns, andKomsomol Business12. Taming Pop Music Consumption13. The Komsomol Magazine Rovesnik and the Ideology of Pop Music Consumption14. Antipunk Campaigns, Antifascist Hysteria, and Human Rights Problems, 1982-198415. Tourism, Cultural Consumption, and Komsomol BusinessConclusionAppendixNotesSelected BibliographyIndex