Singing the dissent in the Soviet Union (1950-1991)

Giulia De Florio

Abstract


Since the end of the 1950s, the circulation of unauthorised sound material in the Soviet Union, a phenomenon which is called ‘magnitizdat’, has been increasing rapidly. The article investigates a number of issues related to this parallel dimension of official culture, such as the differences and similarities with the better known ‘samizdat’, from which the name originates; the role of the song as a form of dissent; the importance of the means of dissemination and the role of collectors; the relationship of the new song with official music and mass culture. The aim is to offer a precise definition of such “synthetic creation”, bringing its meaning to the forefront of Soviet society in the second half of the 20th century.


Keywords


‘Magnitizdat’; Sung poetry; Sound dissent; ‘Samodejatel’naja pesnja’; ‘Avtorskaja pesnja’

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