I’m a warm blooded creature who loathes winter. That being said, it’s time I paid Russia (AKA The Russian Federation, AKA the former so called “Evil Empire”) a visit to gather some interviews and insight for “Punktology” the story of the worldwide punk movement, so today I’m off to receive my Russian Visa from the Russian Consulate in NYC.
Why am I going to Russia in October of all months?
1) Cheap Airfare – The only way to travel
2) Extreme Curiosity – I’m a child of the Reagan years and the cold war fear of nuclear annihilation. I’ve got to see the belly of the “former” beast. Like Sting said, I’m pretty sure the Russians love their children and I bet they love their punk music too.
3) Punk Music – I’m already discovering a big and impressive punk, rockabilly and psychobilly scene. I want to witness it first hand and bring some of that home to you, dear reader, while of course gathering content for the documentary “Punktology”
and a whole bunch of other reasons I’m not going to get into here.
Could be slightly dangerous (really?), there is an 8 hour time difference, it’s going to be cold and I don’t speak one word of Russian. This is going to be a blast!
I’m reading and researching and learning about Russia and there is no way I’m going to get even a sliver of insight in just 8 days but I want to try.
Thanks to some research my trusted associate Alba put together and some recommendations from friends, I’m reaching out to some Russian punk, rockabilly and psychobilly bands and fans.
If you know any Russian Punk comrades that I should reach out to, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE leave a comment here or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so I can try to work you or them into my agenda.
I’ll be in Moscow 10/21-10/24 and St. Petersburg 10/24-10/28.