Cold War Conversations

Life in the underground Soviet music scene Part 1 (198)

September 11, 2021 Ian Sanders & Joanna Stingray Season 9 Episode 198
Cold War Conversations
Life in the underground Soviet music scene Part 1 (198)
Show Notes

Joanna Stingray was only 23 years old when she first set foot in the USSR and started meeting now-legendary musicians and artists of the Soviet underground. By 1985, she was writing and recording with them, and smuggling their music to the West in order to produce the groundbreaking album Red Wave: 4 Underground Bands from the USSR. 

This is her testimony of youthful fortitude and rebellion, her love story, and proof of the power of music and youth culture over stagnancy and oppression.

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Part 2 is  here and part 3 here

Joanna’s book, Red Wave written with her singer/songwriter daughter, Madison, includes Stingray’s extensive collection of photographs, artworks, and interviews with the musicians.

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