Hammelburg 2012

The International Band- and Businesscamp in Hammelburg finished last Thursday. I took some pictures at the opening presentation and then at the final concert at the end of the week. Shot with my D700 and 70-200 2.8. The complete set of pictures can be seen here:

“Das Regime und die Dandys” – book on russkii shanson

This summer I by coincidence saw that a book had been published about russkii shanson or blatnye pesni. Heard prominently on the streets of Russian cities this music has until now been academically neglected and this is to my knowledge the first monograph on the topic. Titled “Das Regime und die Dandys – Russische Gaunerchansons…Continue reading “Das Regime und die Dandys” – book on russkii shanson

Hot Chick Banged’s record release

During the Popakademie’s summer camp the band “Hot Chick Banged” released their first CD. Here are some pictures from the event:

Talk box

Talk box

A view from the Scorpions’ talk box taken during their sound check at the SAP-Arena in Mannheim in November with my Canon S95. More pictures can be seen here:

IMF @ the Popakademie

I took some pictures at the IMF-concert (cool concert btw.) which we hosted at the Popakademie last Tuesday (14.12.2010):

Happy Chanukah!

The Maccabeats’ music video “Candlelight” is a fitting Happy Chanukah wish! For more info regarding the video check out A Hanukkah Miracle, Set to Music.

NY Times Saturday Profile features DDT’s Iurii Shevchuk

Today’s New York Times featured a Saturday Profile on DDT’s vocalist (and leader) Iurii Shevchuk titled “A Star Keeps Rocking in the Not-So-Free World“. The article gives a short summary of Shevchuck’s biography and primarily deals with his questioning of the current regime as well as the recent question-and-answer session with Vladimir Putin on May…Continue reading NY Times Saturday Profile features DDT’s Iurii Shevchuk

Pudra

Good Bye, Leningrad

After the special issue of Popular Music and Society on post-soviet popular music was published I was contacted by the movie director and photographer Christine Bachmann who asked if I had heard of the movie “Good Bye, Leningrad” – which I had not. After some technical complications I finally got a review copy of the…Continue reading Good Bye, Leningrad

Aerostat on Russian popular music

Since May 22nd, 2005 Akvarium’s lead singer and front man Boris Grebenshchikov (BG) has hosted the weekly radio show Aerostat on Radio Rossii (these shows are also published and archived as podcasts at aerostat.rpod.ru). While quite broad (and primarily about Western popular music) BG at times also talks about Russian popular music. Besides discussing and…Continue reading Aerostat on Russian popular music

TOL: Rocka Rolla Women and Rocka Rolla Men

The online journal Transitions Online recently brought a very interesting article on popular music in socialist Bulgaria and what meaning Western bands had for Bulgaria’s inhabitants: Rocka Rolla Women and Rocka Rolla Men.

The national anthem lyricist Sergei Mikhalkov (1913-2009)

Among the many links between the Soviet Union and Post-Soviet Russia maybe the national anthem is the most symbolic one – here in the 1977 version sung by the Ukrainian group 5’Nizza live on RenTV shortly after midnight on January 1st, 2004: When Stalin in 1943 wished to replace the “The Internationale” which had until…Continue reading The national anthem lyricist Sergei Mikhalkov (1913-2009)

Popular Music and Society on Popular Music in the Post-Soviet Space

A happy summer announcement: The journal “Popular Music and Society” (32:3 2009) titled “Popular Music in the Post-Soviet Space: Trends, Movements, and Social Contexts” of which Yngvar Steinholt and I were guest editors is now out. Concluding about two years of editorial work (and a lot of really interesting submissions) the journal includes the following…Continue reading Popular Music and Society on Popular Music in the Post-Soviet Space