Pussy Riot and the rise of Punk


pussy riot takes on the Russian Federation

Have you been following the Pussy Riot story? If you live in the Russian Federation then I am sure you have heard what’s going on. I know I have daily readers from Russia so some of what I will right will not be news.  For the rest of you here’s the basic story. The band decided to “kick the pricks” (a nice biblical quote) and criticize both Vladimir Putin and the Russian Orthodox church.  To do this they jumped up on the altar of a cathedral in Moscow and sang an anti Putin song. Of course, being rockers, they video taped the event and spread it all over the web. This is pure rock n roll PR. Take notice, this model has been used again and again with great success.  The reaction of the Russian Federation was to jail these young ladies for the past four months on trumped up charges.  You can find the video at You tube and the coverage on RT.com’s site.

I have great respect for this band. They knew that the cops were gonna kick their ass for committing  this act of rebellion.  They did it anyway since they had to deliver a message to the youth of the Russian Federation. That’s part of the philosophy of Punk.  I know, I was there as Punk was being invented and perfected.  The Rise of Punk was a reaction to America’s static, immoral, boring culture. Punk is an idea.

An interesting aside – Pussy Riot are pretty funny. This is one aspect of Punk that everyone outside of Punk doesn’t seem to understand. Punk Rock has always had a sense of humor. Thankfully it still does….

Now back to the coming clash in Russia. The authorities predictable reaction to the band’s stunt, and it was a bald faced stunt, was to come down on them with a thousand pound boot. Thanks Vladimir Putin, you ex KGB scumbag, you just insured that every teenager in Russia would hear about it and be forced to choose sides in the debate.  He also convinced a shitload of bored teenage girls to learn to play guitar. Kudos! I look forward to hearing some of their bands.

After all this kind of thing is a no win situation for the oppressive government. If they ignore the dissent it spreads. If they stomp on it – it spreads. Now some dedicated young Pussy Riot fan has dressed up in their trademark short dress and ski mask costume and staged a fake Crucifixion in a square in Moscow.  Short dress and Ski Mask? Excellent! Sexy, Funny and points out the population’s desire to return to the pre Big Brother days of relative anonymity.  The right to be anonymous is, after all, a basic human right. I predict Masks will be a big part of the Twenty First Century.

I’m glad to see that Punk has spread to the world and I understand it’s power of protest.  For Pussy Riot I will say stay the course, keep going and tell the world what’s pissing you off! I’m on your side and I am happy that the Russian Government just insured that you will play huge sold out shows from now on.

©Brad Morrison 2012/Billiken Media

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