Classic Rock

The following bands and artists are generally older groups whose popularity has spanned at least decade and sometimes much more. Some are solidly pop musicians while others are more punk or alternative, but the vast majority are true cultural icons for their regions. Most are profoundly influenced by bardic, shanson, or folk styles. Note that most Eurasian cultures do not actually use the term “classic rock” – and instead rely on less-time sensitive terms. Russian, for instance, uses “Russian rock” (Русский рок) to refer to Russian-language rock with fewer percieved commercial and western influences and more bardic and folk influences.

Languages: Search for classic rock music performed in Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, or Belarusian, or in Baltic, Caucasian, Turkic, or Other languages.

Sources to Research Russian Rock

The brief list of online resources has been compiled for those interested in understanding late-Soviet music movements, particularly for rock and punk movements of Leningrad.   I. Resources in English   A. Lecture on Russian punk In the above virtual lecture, Brandeis University PhD candidate and writer Alexander Herbert explores themes detailed in his book […]

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