"First came the Chechens, then ethnic Georgians, and then maverick journalists. But now Russia's cracking down on a different social group, a demographic they see threatening the very future of their country. These rebels have pierced lips, ridiculous haircuts and too much eyeshadow. They're barbarians in bowler hats, leather jackets and torn-up tights. Yes, emo has come to Russia – and its leaders want no part of it.
Last month the State Duma held a hearing on "Government Strategy in the Sphere of Spiritual and Ethical Education", a piece of legislation aimed at curbing "dangerous teen trends". There, without a clue in the world, social conservatives lumped "emos" together with skinheads, pushing for heavy regulation of emo websites and the banning of emo and goth fashion from schools and government buildings."
"New president Medvedev is a huge Deep Purple fan and even boasts a large collection of the group’s LP’s, which he spent many years searching for. "Not reissues, but the original albums," Medvedev insists. Whether or not the Russian President had anything to do with or not, Deep Purple plans a tour of Russia this fall, which will include 12 of the country’s largest cities, culminating on October 27 with a "grand concert" at the Olympiisky Stadium.""
PLEASE SUPPORT REAL CONSERVATIVE ROCK IN RUSSIA!
..and can someone please put some acid in my vodka?
Friday, 25 July 2008