Flashback: The Soviets Really Hated Rock Music

Back in the USSR, it was tough to be a rock fan. Regarded with suspicion and fear, the authorities did their best to suppress it. Tom points to this Facebook post that lists “Not Recommended Music” in Russia in 1985.

I get the ban on Black Sabbath, even if I’m unclear on the meaning of “religious obskurantism.” But “violence” is something I never associated with the B52s or–ahem–the Village People. And Julio Iglesias equals “neofacism?”

Russian Not Recommended Music copy

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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