Kirkus Reviews: Joanna Stingray is “a study in moxie and enthusiasm”
RED WAVE: a memoir by an American who almost single-handedly introduced Soviet rock to the free world.
Enchanted by the likes of Boris Grebenshchikov, whose samizdat cassettes were massively successful and earned him a reputation as the Soviet Union’s answer to Bob Dylan, Stingray looked for ways to spread the word [… and] produced a 1986 compilation, Red Wave, which presaged the thaw of glasnost and perestroika that inspired more cultural exchanges. [ … ] With the end of the Cold War, Stingray remained in Russia, becoming a popular musician in her own right and introducing U.S. and U.K. acts to Russian audiences. Stingray, who wrote this memoir with her daughter, Madison, nicely captures her daring amid an atmosphere of liberation and fear (David Bowie and Molly Ringwald each wanted to adapt her story), and she’s a study in moxie and enthusiasm.