Interview with Pussy Riot about new video


#1

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#2

Soooo many hand motions in this video. Good stuff!


#3

Decent, for hiphop.

But Vladimir Vysotsky they are not.


#4

Pussy Riot are a radical, anonymous collective. These women in this video are awesome, but they’re more Pussy Riot alumni.


#5

More details on Pussy Riot art movement, a bit NSFW: http://www.henrikaeshna.com/apps/blog/sex-orgy-in-a-museum-what-does


#6

Be loyal to those in power, because power is a gift from God, son. I love Russia. I’m a patriot.

Wow that sounds like a lot of Americans.


#7

Having lived in both, and in some of the Eastern and Western European countries ‘in-between,’ I’ve found that the US and Russia are kind of fun-house reflections of each other. Massive, former-Cold-War-superpowers, which indulge in a great deal of patriotic self-mythologizing (perhaps most uncritically regarding the WWII era), and which are large enough geographically that their denizens rarely have need to leave their country’s borders, and tend to resultantly be a bit provincial, xenophobic, monolingual, and ‘my-way-or-the-highway.’ The denizens of those countries who DO opt to leave their homelands’ borders both tend to have a reputation for being especially demanding and ignorant tourists, Both countries also give off a kind of ‘wild west’ or ‘mad max’ vibe as a result of being places where, due to rampant privatization and corruption, life is pretty cheap.


#8

@xeni the comment link for the Edgar Mitchell post doesn’t work.


#9

Hip hop does not originate in “gangster culture,” it originates in street party culture. If, as punks, they changed format to make a point about state corruption, the style appropriation seems misguided and clumsy…imo.


#10

You are undoubtably correct. But the Pussy Rioter is addressing Russian people, so speaks of what Russians believe, not what is factual, in which case the comparison is pertinent.


#11

Pussy Rioter is addressing Russian people, so speaks of what Russians believe, not what is factual

Okay? Just wanted to clarify the misrepresentation of hip-hop by Pussy Riot in the interview section. Maybe the producer steered them wrong?
If Russians believe that Hip Hop is rooted in Gangster-ism, they are wrong. Publicizing misleading information for political ends is propaganda…even when metaphorical…imo


#12

No, I can’t see that comparison at all.


#13

Also, there’s a saying here that Americans are Russians with a deodorant.


#14

Ugly America abroad (and at home) is as ugly as ever.


#15

misleading information about the origins of a musical style, is propaganda?

Well, that sure seems like the most important part of the Pussy Riot saga.

Many thanks for setting us straight! /s


#16

Are we allowed to consider the song without the political message? Just as a song, it doesn’t satisfy any traditional aesthetics. Hip hop? Really? I think what they are missing is a true musical hit. If they focused on making something that people can’t get out of their heads, some kind of infectious groove, their message would have a much greater impact.


#17

True that. Compare with this:


#18

“allowed”?

Also, who outside of Russia knows what works as an earworm in Russian ears?

I do think your main point is a good one; I’ve gathered that this song for instance worked that way:


#19

I wonder if his stuff resonates with anyone under the age of say, 40?


#20

I for one always liked it, and I am under 40 even if rather narrowly.