Punk Rock in the USSR: A Collection from the 80s by Igor Mukhin

On Art and Aesthetics

Igor Mukhin

Russian photographer Igor Mukhin (born 1961) has been an active chronicler of political and cultural events since the 1980s. One of his most prominent projects is the documentation of the punk scene that emerged around the twilight of the USSR.

Mikhail Gorbachev’s dual programme of “perestroika” (“restructuring”) and “glasnost” (“openness”) introduced profound changes in the economic practice and international affairs of the state. Greater freedom was also accorded to the media, which encouraged and allowed citizens to express new and divergent views. It is during this period that a culture of rock music flourished in the country, particularly in Leningrad – yielding bands such as Kino and Aquarium.

Viktor Tsoi, Soviet musician of Korean-Russian origin, leader of the band “Kino”, captured by Igor Mukhin

A Concert

Igor, who had had the opportunity of listening to English-speaking bands like Pink Floyd and Nazareth in the 1970s, was thrilled with…

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