Artemy Troitsky has, for 30 years, been the international face of Russian rock music. Yaroslavl-born and Prague-bred, the son of a true-believer Marxist academic, Troitsky has spent the 32 years since being kicked out of the Soviet History of Arts Research Institute frenetically promoting his country’s alternative music, still officially frowned upon and periodically cracked down on as late as the 1980s. For the straggle of Western rock musicians who started to visit the Soviet Union in the 1980s he was a guide and fix-it man; Billy Bragg remembers his trip in 1986: “Art Troitsk...
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