California State University, Long Beach presents, co-sponsored by

RGRLL Russian Program, University Library, and European Studies




Wednesday, February 20, 2008 @ 7:00 P.M.

Where: Karl Anatol Center (AS Building, Room 110)

Admission: Free. Refreshments will be served

(Donations to Russian Program Scholarships appreciated, but not required)

Parking: Complimentary in Lot 5

RSVP by: Wednesday, February 13 to (562) 985-4047

* “Russia's best-known cultural journalist” (New Statesman)

* “An activist in the Russian rock movement, the first rock DJ and music journalist in Russia” (CNN)

* “The best-known journalist, organizer, critic and promoter of rock music in Russia” (Slavic Review)

Further information:

Prof. Harold Schefski at (562) 985-8525 or

Artemy Troitsky entered Moscow State University in the early 1970s under Brezhnev, where he became notorious for hosting illicit discos from one of the university canteens. His professional career continued in the same vein, with underground assessments of the Beatles and Deep Purple in illegal samizdat journals. By the mid-‘80s, however, he had entered the mainstream as editor of the Soviet Union’s most influential music papers. Troitsky’s views grew increasingly important and, as a consequence, he was promoted to even more noteworthy publications as the USSR collapsed.

He famously worked at the Novaya Gazeta in the 1990s, the brave newspaper that regularly published the work of Anna Politkovskaya (tragically murdered last year for her reporting on the Chechnya conflict). Disturbed and yet intrigued by the changing nature of modern Russian journalism, he even – with pronounced irony – accepted the position of editor at Playboy for a short while.

He is the author of six books, translated and published all over the world; in the US he has been represented by Faber and Faber. His most famous monograph, on the role of rock music in the late Soviet Union, has just been republished this summer. For Troitsky’s most recent project, a web-based endeavor entitled “TV Click,” go to - and (quite fittingly) click on the striped TV-logo: a selection of brand new, five-minute broadcasts is available.

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