General Bibliography

Berlin, Isaiah, The Soviet Mind: Russian Culture under Communism (Washington DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2004).

Brooks, Jeffrey, Thank you, comrade Stalin!: Soviet Public Culture from Revolution to Cold War (Princeton University Press, 2000).

Buck-Morss, Susan, Dreamworld and Catastrophe: The Passing of Mass Utopia in East and West (Cambridge M: MIT Press, 2001).

Bruce A. Clark, ‘Why study the Soviet Union?’, The Ethical Spectacle, (August 2008),, 14 pars.

Clark, Katerina, and Evgeniĭ Aleksandrovich Dobrenko, eds., Soviet Culture and Power: A History in Documents, 1917-1953 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007).

Fitzpatrick, Sheila, Alexander Rabinowitch, and Richard Stites, eds. Russia in the Era of NEP: Explorations in Soviet Society and Culture (Minneapolis: Indiana University Press, 1991).

Fitzpatrick, Sheila, The Commissariat of Enlightenment: Soviet Organization of Education and the Arts under Lunacharsky, October 1917-1921 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).

Grant, Bruce, In the Soviet House of Culture: A Century of Perestroikas. (Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press, 1995).

Hoffmann, David Lloyd, Stalinist Values: The Cultural Norms of Soviet Modernity, 1917-1941 (Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 2003).

Komaromi, Ann, ‘The Unofficial Field of Late Soviet Culture’, Slavic Review, Volume 66, No. 4 (Winter, 2007), 605-629.

Martin, Terry Dean, The Affirmative Action Empire: Nations and Nationalism in the Soviet Union, 1923-1939 (Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 2001).

Petric, Vlada, ‘Dziga Vertov and the Soviet Avant-Garde Movement’, The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, Volume 10, Issue 1 (1983), 1-58.

Rowley, David, ‘Interpretations of the End of the Soviet Union: Three Paradigms’, Kritika, Volume 2, No. 2 (2001), 395-426.

Rylkova, Galina, ‘A silver lining to the Russian clouds: Remembering the Silver Age in the 1920s and 1930s’, Kritika, Volume 1, No. 3 (2000), 481 -500.

Von Geldern, James, and Richard Stites, eds. Mass Culture in Soviet Russia: Tales, Poems, Songs, Movies, Plays, and Folklore, 1917-1953 (Bloomington IN: Indiana University Press, 1995).


Music in the Soviet Union Bibliography


Bullock, Philip Ross, ‘Staging Stalinism: The search for Soviet opera in the 1930s’, Cambridge Opera Journal, Volume 18, No. 1 (March 2006), 83-108.

Cushman, Thomas, Notes from Underground: Rock Music Counterculture in Russia (SUNY Press, 1995).

Daughtry, J. Martin, ‘“Sonic Samizdat”: Situating unofficial recording in the post-Stalinist Soviet Union’, Poetics Today, Volume 30, No. 1 (2009), 27-65.

Edmunds, Neil (ed.), Soviet Music and Society under Lenin and Stalin: The Baton and Sickle (New York and London: Routledge, 2013).

Edmunds, Neil, The Soviet Proletarian Music Movement (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2000).

Egorova, Tatʹiana K., Soviet Film Music: An Historical Survey (Amsterdam: Harwood Academic, 1997).

Fairclough, Pauline, ‘Mahler reconstructed: Sollertinsky and the Soviet symphony’, Musical Quarterly (2001), 367-390.

Fairclough, Pauline, ‘The “Perestroyka” of Soviet symphonism: Shostakovich in 1935’, Music and Letters, Volume 83, No. 2 (2002), 259-274.

Fanning, David, Shostakovich Studies (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995).

Frolova-Walker, Marina and Jonathan Walker, Music and Soviet Power, 1917-1932 (Rochester NY: Boydell and Brewer, 2012)

Frolova-Walker, Marina, ‘ “National in form, socialist in content”: Musical nation-building in the Soviet republics’, Journal of the American Musicological Society (1998), 331-371.

Haas, David, ‘Boris Asaf’yev and Soviet symphonic theory’, Musical Quarterly (1992), 410-432.

Ivashkin, Alexander, ‘Who’s afraid of Socialist Realism?’, The Slavonic and East European Review, Volume 92, No. 3 (July 2014), 430-448.

Ivashkin, Alexander and Andrew Kirkman, Contemplating Shostakovich : Life, Music and Film (Farnham: Ashgate Publishing 2012).

Kaganovsky, Lilya and Masha Salazkina, Sound, Speech, Music in Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2014).

Kuss, Mark D., ‘Composing for the Screen in Germany and the USSR: cultural politics and propaganda’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Volume 29, No. 2 (2009), 271-272.

Lepherd, Laurence, ‘Music education in the Soviet Union prior to 1991’, International Journal of Music Education, Volume 1 (1991), 3-16.

Logan, Wendell, Satrina Yrina, and Victor Lebedev, ‘The Development of jazz in the former Soviet Union: An interview with Victor Lebedev’, Black Music Research Journal (1992), 227-232.

Lovell, Stephen, ’How Russia learned to listen: Radio and the making of Soviet culture’, Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, Volume 12, No. 3 (2011), 591-615.

Martin Lücke, ‘Vilified, venerated, forbidden: Jazz in the Stalinist era’, Music and Politics, Volume 1, No. 2 (Summer 2007), (accessed 12 September) not paginated.

McMichael, Polly, ‘“After All, You’re a Rock and Roll Star (At Least, That’s What They Say)”: Roksi and the Creation of the Soviet Rock Musician’, The Slavonic and East European Review, Volume 83, No. 4 (October 2005), 664-684.

Morrison, Simon, The people’s artist: Prokofiev’s Soviet years (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008).

Nelson, Amy, Music for the revolution: musicians and power in early Soviet Russia (Philadelphia PN: Penn State University Press, 2004).

Platonov, Rachel S., Singing the Self: Guitar Poetry, Community, and Identity in the Post-Stalin (St. Evanston IL: Northwestern University Press).

Rifkin, Deborah, ‘The Quiet Revolution of a B Natural: Prokofiev’s “New Simplicity” in the Second Violin Concerto’, Twentieth-Century Music, Volume 6, No. 2 (2001), 183–208.

Ryback, Timothy W., Rock around the bloc: A history of rock music in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, 1954-1988 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990).

Sarkisova, Oksana, ‘Folk songs in Soviet orchestration: Vostokfil’m’s Song of Happiness and the forging of the New Soviet Musician’, Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, Volume 4, No. 3 (2010).

Schmelz, Peter J., ‘Andrey Volkonsky and the beginnings of unofficial music in the Soviet Union’, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Volume 58, No. 1 (2005), 139-207.

Schmelz, Peter J., ‘Alfred Schnittke’s Nagasaki : Soviet Nuclear Culture, Radio Moscow, and the Global Cold War’, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Volume 62, No. 2 (Summer 2009), 413-474.

Schmelz, Peter J., Such freedom, if only musical: Unofficial Soviet music during the thaw (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).

Sitsky, Larry, Music of the repressed Russian avant-garde, 1900-1929 (Westport CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1994).

Starr, S. Frederick., Red and hot: the fate of jazz in the Soviet Union 1917-1991. (Milwaukee WI: Hal Leonard Corporation, 1994).

Steinholt, Yngvar B., ‘Making cats bark: Countercultural readings of late Soviet society’, at (accessed September 11, 2014) (2001), 5 pages.

Taruskin, Richard, On Russian Music (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008).

Tomoff, Kiril, ‘ “Most Respected Comrade . . .”: Patrons, Clients, Brokers and Unofficial Networks in the Stalinist Music World’, Contemporary European History, Volume 11, No. 01 (February 2002), 33-65.


Russian-Language Textbooks and Primer

Beyer, Thomas R., 501 Russian verbs: Fully Conjugated in All the Tenses, Alphabetically Arranged (Hauppauge NY: Barron’s Publishers, 1992).

Dunn, John and Shamil Khairov, Modern Russian Grammar (Taylor and Francis, 2009).

Harrison, W. and S. Le Fleming, Intermediate Russian Grammar (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2000)

Murray, John and Sarah Smyth, Basic Russian: A Grammar and Workbook (New York and London: Routledge, 2001)

Murray, John and Sarah Smyth, Intermediate Russian: A Grammar and Workbook (New York and London: Routledge, 1999).

Offord, Derek and Natalia Gogolitsyna, Using Russian: A Guide to Contemporary Usage (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Timberlake, Alan, A Reference Grammar of Russian (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Wade, Terence, A Comprehensive Russian Grammar [third edition] (Oxford: Blackwell, 2011).

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