Polly McMichael is a lecturer in Russian in the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at the University of Nottingham, where she teaches Russian language, literature and popular culture. Her PhD (University of Cambridge, 2007) was on the Leningrad rock scene of the 1970s and 1980s and in particular songs, recordings and performances by the rock groups Akvarium and Zoopark. Her wider research interests encompass ideologies of popular music in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia, and her current major project is a study of the origins and manifestations of rock stardom in the period 1968 to 1991.
The Pussy Riot phenomenon generated vast amounts of commentary, but little serious analysis of its musical aspects. The group was either accepted unquestioningly as a ‘Russian punk group’, or seen … Read More