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Alexander Herbert Announces Dates For “What About Tomorrow? An Oral History of Russian Punk From The Soviet Era To Pussy Riot” Book Tour

For many people in the West, knowledge of the punk rock scene in Russia and the former Soviet Union starts and ends with Pussy Riot and maybe Svetlanas and probably Gogol Bordello who are technically from New York. As you should expect, however, a part of the world that has long been ruled by authoritarian regimes of all makes and models has, in fact, been a breeding ground for a turbulent, defiant subculture and spawned several generations of punk rock bands in myriad different, sometimes unconnected, scenes.

Massachusetts native Alexander Herbert spent several years off an on chronicling the Russian punk rock world, and has penned a compelling dissertation as a result. It’s called What About Tomorrow? An Oral History of Russian Punk From The Soviet Era To Pussy Riot, and it’s due out in September through Microcosm Publishing.

You can pre-order the book here – I highly recommend it – and you can head below to find out where Herbert will be speaking and promoting the book near you. His book tour kicks off September 26th in Buffalo, and dates are scheduled through February in Atlanta, with a West Coast swing to follow.

Music Video: Pussy Riot – “Police State”

Russian punks Pussy Riot have released a music video for their new song “Police State”.

You can watch the video below.

Pussy Riot release new music video “Chaikia”

Probably the most infamous punk act to come out of Russia, Pussy Riot have just released a brand new music video for their song “Chaika.” While the song is subtitled, I still don’t quite understand what they’re singing about, since my understanding of Russian politics is still somewhat lacking, so I don’t entirely understand what the song’s about. What I can say, is that it’s politically charged, beautifully shot, and kind of sexy in a weird way. Check it out below.

Pussy Riot release video for “Refugees In”

Russian punk act Pussy Riot have released a new video for their song “Refugees In.” The video was filmed at Banksy’s Disamaland and the song was inspired after Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova met a Sudanese refugee living in London and heard his story.

You can watch the video below, and read an interview with Tolokonnikova here.

Pussy Riot releases “I Can’t Breathe” (First English Song/Video)

Russian punks Pussy Riot have released a new video inspired by the death of Staten Island resident, Eric Garner, last July. The video supports US protests against police brutality, as well as the duo’s own political opinion on Russia’s law enforcement. Watch the pair being buried alive in their new video for “I Can’t Breathe” below.

This is Pussy Riot’s very first release in the English language. Here’s hoping there is more to come.

Pussy Riot releases new video in support of Russian dissidents

The outspoken Russian punks in Pussy Riot have released a new video that was created in support of two jailed Russian opposition leaders.  You can watch the video for “The Witches of Pussy Riot Clean Manezhka” below.

The video shows the members of Pussy Riot cleaning up Manezhka Square, which was the site of protests yesterday after the expedited sentencing of Russian brothers Oleg and Alexei Navalny.  The two were on trial for committing fraud, and their supporters insist that the charges were “trumped up” and politically motivated, and led to an unfairly expedited trial.  You can read more about the brothers here.

Pussy Riot rush to aid of supporter arrested at Harvard lecture

The ladies of Pussy Riot are back in the news, this time working to free a supporter after their lecture at Harvard University on Monday night.

Roman Torgovitsky was arrested for trespassing during a lecture in which the members of Pussy Riot were participating. After they finished up, band members Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina headed to the Cambridge, Mass., police department and demanded his release.  It seems a little unclear if their presence aided in Torgovitsky’s release.

You can read a full news account, plus more on Roman Torgovitsky, here.

Riot Fest announces plan for socio-political discussion with Pussy Riot

Riot Fest seems like a pretty appropriate place for a discussion about the feminist punk band Pussy Riot, who made headlines following their arrest (and subsequent release) for “hooliganism” in Russia back in 2012.  That is the plan for this year’s Riot Fest, which takes place in Chicago next weekend.

The panel discussion will include Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina of Pussy Riot, plus Greg Graffin (vocalist of Bad Religion and professor of Geology at UCLA) and Tim McIlrath (Rise Against).  Writer and activist Marcelle Karp and Riot Fest founder Michael A. Petryshyn will also be on the panel, which will be moderated by Henry Rollins.

The discussion will take place at Humboldt Park in Chicago next Friday, September 12th.  You can get ticket info here.

Video: Bill Maher interviews Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot)

On Friday night’s episode of HBO’s “Real Time” two members of Pussy Riot chatted with Bill Maher about their controversial actions against the Russian government.

You can watch the interview below.

Pussy Riot call for support for Wisconsin protesters

Pussy Riot members Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova recently appeared in a video by the nonprofit organization The Voice Project to voice their support for the hundreds of Wisconsin protesters who have been arrested and fined for singing in the state capitol. The video calls on supporters to sign a petition to Attorney General JB Van Hollen to dismiss the cases against the protesters.

Since 2011, the capitol building has been a popular site of peaceful protest against the actions of Republican governor Scott Walker. In 2012, Capitol police began arresting demonstrators and issuing citations.

In 2012, The Voice Project worked to raise funds for Pussy Riot’s legal aid. ”Use music to change the world in the direction you want it to change,” says Tolokonnikova, “because music touches people and makes them act.” Check out the petition over here.

Video: Pussy Riot members attacked by Russian security

Pussy Riot the Russian feminist punk rock outfit is in the news again today.  This time there is video showing members of Pussy Riot attempting to stage a performance under a sign advertising the Olympics, when Russian security immediately moves in and begin beating the girls with bull whips.

Don’t take my word for it though, watch the video below.

Ex Pussy Riot members arrested in Sochi

Two former members of the Russian feminist group Pussy Riot were arrested in Sochi earlier this week. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina were detained alongside seven other human rights activists but were released on Tuesday and are not facing any charges. According to police they were taken in for questioning regarding a theft at the hotel where they had been staying.

Nadia had this to say, “Yesterday we spent hours at the FSB and they openly told us that we are wanted. And today we were walking along the sea near the seaport building in Sochi and we were surrounded by police, and they arrested us, saying that something was stolen in our hotel. They used force, shoved us into the car and brought us into the police station, locked in a room surrounded by police.”

These two ladies were recently kicked out of Pussy Riot even after bringing the group to national attention. You can check out the full story on why the girls are no longer a part of the group here.

Nadia and Masha (previously imprisoned members) given the boot by Pussy Riot collective

Huh.  This is sorta interesting.  Last week, anonymous members of the Pussy Riot collective issued an open letter addressing their concern over the seemingly divergent ideals of members Nadia Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina from the collective’s original focus: “feminism, separatist resistance, and the fight against authoritarianism.”  Naida and Masha, of course, were 2 of the 3 Pussy Riot members that brought the collective world wide attention after their incarceration for their involvement with the group.

You can read the statement from Pussy Riot below.

Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were recently interviewed by Stephen Colbert.  If you missed them on the Colbert Report, you can watch the interview over here.

Pussy Riot interviewed on the Colbert Report

The recently-freed members of Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, were  interviewed by Stephen Colbert last night.  If you missed them on the Colbert Report, you can watch the interview over here.

Pussy Riot is headlining the Amnesty International’s Bringing Human Rights Home festival tonight, February 5th, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Pussy Riot to headline Amensty International’s Bringing Human Rights Home festival

The recently-freed Pussy Riot have been announced as the headliners for Amnesty International’s Bringing Human Rights Home festival, which will be taking place on February 5th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Other acts on the bill include Tegan & Sara, Cold War Kids, and a bunch of other bands we don’t cover!

Tickets for the festival will be available for purchase via Livenation in roughly two weeks. If you don’t live in Brooklyn and you can’t afford to make the trip up there, it looks like the concert will be live-streaming online.