Rocking St. Petersburg - Transcultural Flows and Identity Politics in Post-Soviet Popular Music

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Rocking St. Petersburg - Transcultural Flows and Identity Politics in Post-Soviet Popular Music

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About the book


In this remarkable book, David-Emil Wickström traces the transcultural flow of popular music production emanating from St. Petersburg, a central hub of the Russian music scene. With a specific focus on the post-Soviet emigrant community in Germany and their event 'Russendisko', Wickström – himself a trumpet player in two local bands – explores St. Petersburg's vibrant music scene, which provides an electrifying platform for musical exchange. The findings shed a new light on Soviet and post-Soviet popular music history and even Russia's relationship to Ukraine. Wickström demonstrates the filtering processes embedded in transcultural flows and how music is attributed new meanings within new contexts. This innovative book not only promotes a deeper understanding of the role of popular music in society, it also enables a better comprehension of cultural processes in the second decade after the fall of the Soviet Union.
The author

About the author

Dr. David-Emil Wickström works at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg – University of Popular Music and Music Business in Mannheim. He is the editor-in-chief of the Norient Academic Online Journal.


"David-Emil Wickström has given us an interesting ethnomusicological study about the post-Soviet rock/pop music scenes in St. Petersburg (Russia) and Berlin (Germany)." — Slavic Review

"This book is an example of academic work inspired and driven by expertise in the area that lies in real life outside of academia. The author intermingles musicology, anthropology and area studies in one book and combines his academic background with the most extended form of participant observation. [...]
This book proffers fascinating field experience, rich ethnographic material and attention to detail, which usually escape researchers with a background in history or politics." — Europe-Asia Studies

"’Rocking St. Petersburg: Transcultural Flows and Identity Politics in the St. Petersburg Popular Music Scene’ est une lecture pertinente pour qui s’intéresse à la notion de ‘scène musicale’, à la construction identitaire et aux relations d’influence avec d’autres musiques. [...] Le livre est particulièrement bien documenté au moyen d’annexes : glossaire, liste de groupes, de festivals et de maisons de disques avec leurs traductions anglaises, courte biographie des personnes interviewées, paroles de chansons et citations dans leur langage d’origine."
— Intersections : Revue canadienne de musique, Vol. 35 No. 2. 2015, Ariane Gruet-Pelchat
Additional Information

Additional Information

Delivery time 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Author David-Emil Wickström
Editor Andreas Umland
Number of pages 374
Language English;
Publication date Mar 1, 2014
Weight (kg) 0.3950
ISBN-13 9783838201009