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    Russian Steel (Rock)

    Hello,

    Are there any major Russian rock / metal bands that rose from the 70's and 80's? Like a Russian version of Iron Maiden, Guns N' Roses, Led Zeppelin, stuff like that? "Old" rock?
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    Re: Russian Steel (Rock)

    From 1970s, no.
    There were no hard rock or metal groups in the USSR until early 1980s. At least not officially. Of course, there were groups that played rock (mostly softer, more melodic varieties) before that, but they were either underground, or called themselves something else. By 1980 (or perhaps a little bit earlier) something changed. Rock was semi-officially acknowledged as a progressive music genre and a manifistation of protest against imperialism, and some radio programs (especially those targeting younger audiences) started to air fairly hard music of foreign rock groups (mostly with socially-oriented lyrics). As a result, the Soviet rock scene revived. More groups started openly define themselves as rock groups, more rock groups started playing heavier varieties of rock, etc. During that period (early 80s) a few heavy metal groups sprung, but, if my memory serves me correctly, they were semi-underground. They mostly played in small dancing places, or at parties, rock festivals and such. They were never given time on central TV or radio stations.
    It was not until Gorbachov's time (late '80s) that it became possible to play heavy metal openly. During that period, several metal groups (including Ария and Чёрный Кофе) became really, really popular among fans of rock music, mostly young people. Still rare guests on central TV stations, they were at least allowed to officially play commercial concerts before public, tour the country with their music, and publish their records. And I think Ария was the single most popular metal group of that period.

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    Re: Russian Steel (Rock)

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    Re: Russian Steel (Rock)

    Гражданская Оборона =)
    I realy don't know how to classify this though

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    Re: Russian Steel (Rock)

    Coup, you reminded me of music I was listening 18 years ago. I didn't expect to find it looking like this:
    [video:diiqi6q2]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H27c3dwXc0[/video:diiqi6q2]

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    Re: Russian Steel (Rock)

    What are some great movies about rock music? School of Rock, Detroit Rock City and The Pick Of Destiny rank very highly in my favorite movies, but I am curious... What are some other great movies with the subject of rock music?
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    Re: Russian Steel (Rock)

    Quote Originally Posted by Waterlaz
    Гражданская Оборона =)
    I realy don't know how to classify this though
    It has always been punk rock, not metal.
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