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Ukrainian alternative music

Postby Lensa » Tue Feb 20, 2007 7:22 pm

During Soviet times Ukraine was a leader in the fight of free-minded people and dissidents. Oppression was such that the smallest step toward an opposite viewpoint was punished very severely, seemingly even more severely than in Moscow.
Rock’n’roll during the Cold War was considered an ideological diversion. Only during Khrushchev’s rule, when the situation became a bit looser, did rock bands begin to appear in Ukraine, at about the end of 60’s. It was a result of the evolution of “driving beats” and “Rhythm and Blues” artists.
But at the beginning of the 70’s this massive movement was interrupted. All rock bands were driven underground. The reasons for the clampdown arose out of the tragic events in Prague, Czechoslovakia, known as “Prague Spring” or the “Spring of Freedom” when in 1968 the Czech freedom movement was crushed by Soviet tanks. Those events echoed tremendously in the USSR. Departments of the KGB’s secret police began to grow rapidly and their fight against dissidence grew as well.
Rock music was one of their targets. Whole systems of prohibitions and restrictions were implemented. Rock music was banned while Soviet pop culture and “adapted” folk music was propagandized.
The 70s brought a unique underground movement not only in music but also in literature and the arts.
At the same time, the 70s also included years of “Developed Socialism” such as with the Vocal Instrumental Bands (VIA). Each “VIA” band was based in a regional philharmonic theater, with each theater having its own art and administrative director. Musicians were performing only songs, which were approved by the higher authorities and “created” by members of the “Composers Association”. Musicians could play their own songs only after the Art Councils, members of which were also members of the Communist Party and Composers Associations, approved them.....

The beginning of the 90s witnessed a search for a National Identity among Ukrainian artists and enthusiasts to find their “niche” in the worlds oceans of musical styles and trends.
However, the absence of a developed music industry and minimal show business infrastructure served as a deterrent to musicians’ efforts in surviving financially....

If you are interested and want to listen to some of Ukrainian alternative bands go here : Ukrainian rock and alternative music

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Postby fable » Wed Oct 07, 2009 10:34 pm

Hello Lensa! Thanks a lot for great information about Ukrainian contemporary music. I can't say I have become their biggest fan but I do think that the music is worth listening. It one more proof that there are many capable and talanted people in Ukraine.
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Postby Lensa » Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:43 am

Thank you, Fable for your post. Yeah, Ukrainian contemporary music is still developing and there's a long way for it to go, as for many years it has been opressed. But nowadays it is already possible to find cool Ukrainian musicians :)
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Re: Ukrainian alternative music

Postby Siyangephoyadx » Mon Jun 28, 2010 2:42 am

I like your music link. Have you heard of Alexander Rybak or a duo called (I think) BIS? I can find the translation to Alexander's songs, so I enjoy his. The others, I don't understand.
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Re: Ukrainian alternative music

Postby Lensa » Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:43 am

Thank you! Yes, of course I've heard about Alexander Rybak and a duo called BIS. :wink: Seems, though, this duo doesn't exist anymore. Alexander Rybak is from Belarus originally, but lives in Norway. He was the winner of last year Eurovision song contest :)
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Re: Ukrainian alternative music

Postby Siyangephoyadx » Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:24 am

Oh, I thought he was Russian. I knew about his Norway and Eurovision connection. I watch their videos on youtube and have been looking for clips from a show I saw while in Ukraine. It was about military school. I think it was Russian. My son used to have a notebook with some of the characters and the show name on the cover, but I think he gave it away. Do you know what it is called?
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Re: Ukrainian alternative music

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Re: Ukrainian alternative music

Postby vazonov11 » Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:49 am

это точно.
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Re: Ukrainian alternative music

Postby AstaHugo » Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:09 am

Hi Lensa
Very interesting post
I am a great fan of music and how it can cross borders and be truelly international. Also songs can help with the learning of English - From your post one thing missing Recommendation as to what bands you like
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For English Oldies Beachboys and Beatles
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Re: Ukrainian alternative music

Postby makar » Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:12 pm

[quote="vazonov11"]это точно.[/quote]
вы о чем?
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