fight for the right to Rock
Soviet times Ukraine was a leader in the fight of free-minded people and
dissidents. Oppression was such that
the smallest step toward an opposite viewpoint was punished very severely,
seemingly even more severely than in Moscow.
during the Cold War was considered an ideological diversion. Only during
Khrushchev’s rule, when the situation became a bit looser, did rock bands begin
to appear in Ukraine, at about the end of 60’s. It was a result of the
evolution of “driving beats” and “Rhythm and Blues” artists such as: Berezen,
Druge Dykhannya, and “The Once”.
part of the 60s’ marked the rapid growth of pro-western youth movements.
Students were creating different musical groups, practicing in their dorms,
trying to imitate Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and others.
more pics see HERE
By the summer of 2002,
the former USSR had it’s first real western style rock radio program. From Kyiv, Ukraine’s “Power FM”, American DJ
Kenny Mac, along with Ukrainian co-producer Olena Savenko, began hosting their
bi-weekly one-hour rock program entitled “The English Hour”, which later became
known as “Rock Planet”
more about the radio show "Rock Planet" here
more about the creators of the radio show "Rock
and pubs in Kiev, Ukraine, where you
can listen to live Ukrainian bands:
Club 44, Khreschatik Street, 44
Pub, Bohatyrs'ka 9, Metro Heroiv Dnipra,
Baboon, Khoriva 1/2, Podil district, www.baboon.kiev.ua