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Jan Levchenko (Moscow, Russia) –
Professor at School of Cultural Studies,
Department of Humanities, National Research University “Higher School of Economics”;
E-mail: janlevchenko@hse.ru

DISCS-MEDIATORS: NON-ACADEMIC OBSERVATIONS OF THE PHENOMENON OF THE SOCIALIST STATES’ GRAMOPHONE RECORDS PRODUCTION IN THE LATE USSR

The present essay considers a cultural reception of gramophone records produced in the Warsaw Pact members by the Soviet youth. Unlike rare and deficient goods from the capitalist world, mainly restricted for distribution, gramophone LPs and the supporting printed materials played a significant role in informing and spreading of international trends behind the rusting Iron Curtain and, last but not least, contributed to its erosion. The free genre selected for the text allows hybridizing the approaches of description, thus the research materials are being combined here with the author’s personal views and memoirs