Essay about Culture Behind the Curtain

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Despite voluminous effort from Communist Party Ideologists to stimulate this type of excitement and consumption of classical and folk music, Soviet youths remained uncooperative, preferring instead, the music of Western rock bands. No matter what they tried, the Soviets simply could not control the lives of their population any longer, especially with respect to what music and fashions were popular. Rock music was already freely accessible from radio stations like Radio Luxembourg or the BBC, and dedicated rock enthusiasts lapped it up. “For westerners, it was music to dance to; for those in Soviet Russia, when you multiplied the Beatles’ youthful vitality by the forbidden fruit factor, it was more than a breath of fresh air – it was a…show more content…
Perhaps no better example exists to illustrate the damage that this realization had accomplished than when East Berlin agreed to open its borders for its own citizens on November 9, 1989, “A flood of East Berliners flocked to the border checkpoints. Unprepared, the guards opted not to resist. By midnight all of the checkpoints to West Berlin had been forced to open, and one of the greatest parties of the century was under way, closely followed by one of the biggest shopping sprees.” At least according to historian Niall Ferguson, this behavior signaled that Western consumerism had won the Cold War. For Soviet leaders like Oleksii Vatchenko, the Secretary of the Dnepropetrovsk Communist party, the conclusion was similar, “It is impossible to stay indifferent to the various perversions in the student society about fashion, music and arts. What we see - untidy appearance, extremely long hair among certain boys, beards that look like they were borrowed from the pages of foreign magazines—all this does not fit an image of the Soviet young man. This influence of alien morals is a
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