Punk scholar Alexander Herbert endorses forthcoming Stingray memoir

As one of the first American musicians to break through the Soviet scene, and one of the few women to be seen as an equal amongst Leningrad’s pantheon of rock superstars, Stingray’s perspective on the development of late Soviet rock is truly one of a kind. This memoir is probably the single most important source for researchers who want a birds-eye view of late Soviet youth culture, and Stingray’s stories are as entertaining as they are relevant and illuminating. Stingray has managed to capture both the atmosphere of the final decade of the U.S.S.R., and provide a lively contrast to the Western music industry that will be referenced and appreciated years to come. The importance of this work cannot be stressed enough.
– Alexander Herbert, author of What About Tomorrow: An Oral History of Russian Punk Rock from the Soviet Era to Pussy Riot and Punks Around/Punk in a Foreign Space

Joanna Fields aka Stingray and Boris Grebenshchikov, Leningrad, 1984. Photo Judy Fields.