Voices from Russia

Friday, 10 April 2015

10 April 2015. Lyube… “Hymn to the Motherland”

00 rock group Lyube. Russia. 10.04.15

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Lyube is one of my fave bands. They’re from Lyubertsy, a working-class outlier of Moscow in Moscow Oblast. It stands to Moscow in the same relation that Jersey City and Hoboken stand to New York. It’s a sweaty blue-collar “shot n’ a beer” kind of town. Their frontman, N V Rastorguyev is a People’s Artist of Russia (he looks like somebody who lives down the street). They look like a buncha guys from Jersey, and that’s what they are… ordinary guys from Nowhereville who haven’t forgotten where they came from. Here’s one of their patriotic songs. In February 2015, Lyube’s new album Tvoyu Mat (Your Mother) included new anti-Banderovtsy songs.

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Friday, 9 March 2012

9 March 2012. A Photo Essay. Our Many Different Faces: Ringing the Changes on the Theme “Being a Woman in Russia”

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If you peel back the obscuring layers of media, government, academic, and partisan propaganda, you’ll find that both Russian and American women aren’t at all like the fevered and cartoonish statements of feminist and rightwing ideologues. We’re “what we are”, in no way are ANY of us “perfect” examples of femininity (or butchiness, for that matter). This is my celebration of the women of the Rodina… the old, the unconventional, the young, the “traditional”, and the just plain “one-off’s”. Where I stand on this spectrum is for you to decide… am I more Valentina Tereshkova or am I more an unsung “worker-bee” in a Lyubertsy flat or am I something else all together (a mixture of too many things to mention)? I’m too “close” to myself to give a measured judgement. DO pass the jug… this is “thirsty work”.

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