RadioFreeEurope / RadioLiberty spotlights Leningrad Rockers and Joanna Stingray
Prague-based journalist, Coilin O’Connor discusses the history of underground rock ‘n’ roll in the USSR in a recent article for RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty (RFE/RL). He also shares Stingray’s story and how she smuggled tapes from Leningrad back into the United States.
O’Connor writes, “Stingray, who recently wrote a book about her experiences, says she was “mesmerized” by what she saw in Leningrad and “became devoted to spending as much time in Russia as I possibly could,” traveling to the country on tourist visas every few months. She quickly became an unlikely but prominent figure in the local rock scene.”