Joanna Stingray on The Underground Soviet Rock and Red Wave

Joanna Stingray on The Underground Soviet Rock and Red Wave

Monday, Nov 16, 2020 5:00 PM - 8:30 AM

Location:
Globus Books YouTube channel

Joanna Stingray, known as an American "muse of the Soviet music underground," and author and musician based in Los Angeles, California, presents her new memoir "Red Wave" (DOPPELHOUSE PRESS, 2020), co-authored by Joanna Stingray's daughter, Madison Stingray, a storyteller, songwriter, poet, and author of two books.
Joanna Stingray introduces Western audiences to the legendary musicians of banned Soviet rock during the Cold War. In the 1980s, a young New Wave musician arrived in the USSR. The rest is history.
Stingray smuggled underground music out of the USSR and became the first producer to publish Soviet rock in the US, releasing a double album “Red Wave." In 1987, President Mikhail Gorbachev allowed these groups to become “official.” Later, he wrote: "If some of our rock bands like Aquarium and Kino were released in the West on the Red Wave album in June 1986, why shouldn’t they have been released in Russia?"
Her journey included being interrogated by the KGB and FBI (both thought she was a spy) In 1987, becoming "an enemy of the State", having her visa blocked to keep her from entering the Soviet Union to marry Leningrad guitarist Yuri Kasparyan. After months of intervention by the U.S. State Department, she returned to Russia, married Yuri and in the early 90s, became a television host, a recording artist, and a well-known rock personality throughout Russia. She has published several books in Russia about her time in the music scene as well as much of her photo collection.
During their interview with Globus Books' Zarina Zabrisky, Joanna and Madison Stingray will show rare photos of iconic Kino, Aquarium, Strannye Igry and other rock bands. The audience will have a chance to ask questions during Q&A and buy signed books.
Zarina Zabrisky, an award-winning author of five books published in the US and Canada, grew up in Leningrad, USSR, and as a teenager attended the underground concerts by the Red Wave bands. Zabrisky produces and hosts shows for Globus Books Channel.
Globus Books is an independent bookstore serving San Francisco since 1971. It offers a wide-ranging stock of books on all things Russia. Globus is actively working with the libraries across the states on completing their holdings for Russian publications, both contemporary and out-of-print. The Globus Books team is well-known for its expertise in first editions of Russian literature, books on the Russian avant-garde, early imprints and travel and voyage books. Under the new management, Globus strives to serve the Bay Area, bridging gaps, continuing cultural traditions and giving voice to unrepresented communities in Russia and the US. Globus Books features several series of literary and cultural events on its YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/GlobusBooksSF), including Literary Translation Round Table, History/Anthropology, Playtime and Storytime for children and more.
TO ATTEND, PLEASE PM Globus Books. This interview will be hosted on Zoom and there will be a limited number of seats (first come, first serve, free.) The show will be streaming at the Globus Books YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/GlobusBooksSF and later a recording will be shared at the same venue. This is a very popular event so PM us soon if you want to attend the Zoom room.