Voices from Russia

Friday, 24 July 2015

Theodore Bikel: Songs of a Russian Gypsy

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It seems that all Russian-Americans of “a certain age” know and love Theodore Bikel’s versions of Russian folk music… so, I did my best to round up a complete collection…

BMD

Thursday, 23 July 2015

23 July 2015. Theodore Bikel, One of My Fave Performers, Died Yesterday

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The word that best described Theodore Bikel was shtarker. That Yiddish word connotes someone who takes no shit from anyone, but who doesn’t hand it out. Theodore Bikel, to me, IS Tevye in the Fiddler on the Roof. He also created the role of Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music and played the Soviet submarine captain in The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming. I also love his singing of Jewish folk songs. 91 years is a good run of innings, he lived this life to the brim. You can light a candle for him this Sunday… there’s no restrictions on that sort of thing.

I say to his family and friends, Ha-Makom hu yinachem (May the Merciful One comfort you).

Theodore, Alav Ha-sholom

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

22 July 2015. Happy Birthday, Oleg Mikhailovich! O M Gazmanov is 64!

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His latest…

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His most famous… I Grew Up in the USSR… performed in Kharkov in happier days on Victory Day… the city is now under the cruel and vicious occupation of the Anglo Americans and their Galician Uniate nationalist running dogs… spare a prayer for them…

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O M Gazmanov is one of the most beloved performers in Russia… trust me, he can still full up Luzhniki Stadium for a concert. He’s a patriot; he’s aways opposed the American support of fascists in the Near Abroad and their support of pro-Western quislings in Russia. He’s always been popular, even in the Nasty 90s… so, Anglo Americans, why don’t you just go home to where you belong (America is going to rack and ruin as the Anglo Establishment wastes the country’s wealth in warmongering in foreign parts and in rampant political corruption, the worst in the world).

Oleg Mikhailovich embodies what is best in our people… blunt honesty, open hospitality, generosity to strangers, hard work, and implacable resistance to foes.

Многая лета, Олег Михаиловтч!

BMD 

Saturday, 11 July 2015

11 July 205. A Blast from the Past… “Podkarpatská Rus” from the 1930s

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For all my Rusin friends out there…

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This reminds all of us Old School “Hunkies”, “Russkies”, “Polacks”, and “Ukies” of the ethnic radio shows that were on every Sunday. This is what you heard after you got home from Church… hey, there’s more than one closet Happy Louie fan out there (c’mon, admit it… gowan… you’re amongst friends)…

BMD

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