You can't rid a song of its words: notes on the hegemony of lyrics in Russian rock songs

  title={You can't rid a song of its words: notes on the hegemony of lyrics in Russian rock songs},
  author={Yngvar Bordewich Steinholt},
  journal={Popular Music},
  pages={89 - 108}
From the mid-1980s, rock music emerged as the leading musical culture in the major cities of the Soviet Union. In writings and research on this ‘Soundtrack of Perestroika’, attention has been primarily paid to the words rather than the sounds. Russian rock critics and academics, as well as those who participate in Russian rock culture, persistently emphasise the literary qualities of Russian rock music and most still prefer to approach rock as a form of musical poetry - ‘Rok poèziya’. This… 
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