"The material for his first book - "Golden Underground," published in 1994 - came from his time in underground journalism in the Soviet period, as co-editor of the fanzine KontrKultUr’a, one of the most respected samizdat ("self-published") publications among the scores that popped up all over the country to cover rock music.

"In the Soviet Union, fanzines began to be published in [1980]," he said. "Articles about rock’n’roll in the official media were unthinkable until the late 1980s, so it was all underground…  The magazine wrote about anything but the mainstream - underground rock, indie rock, as well as avant-garde art and poetry."

In time, about 150 various samizdat magazines focused on underground music in different cities of the Soviet Union.”

"The material for [Alexander Kushnir’s] first book - Golden Underground, published in 1994 - came from his time in underground journalism in the Soviet period, as co-editor of the fanzine KontrKultUr’a, one of the most respected samizdat (“self-published”) publications among the scores that popped up all over the country to cover rock music.

"In the Soviet Union, fanzines began to be published in [1980]," he said. "Articles about rock’n’roll in the official media were unthinkable until the late 1980s, so it was all underground…  The magazine wrote about anything but the mainstream - underground rock, indie rock, as well as avant-garde art and poetry."

In time, about 150 various samizdat magazines focused on underground music in different cities of the Soviet Union.”

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