Magazine article New Internationalist

[This Is Serbia Calling: Rock 'N' Roll Radio & Belgrade's Underground Resistance]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[This Is Serbia Calling: Rock 'N' Roll Radio & Belgrade's Underground Resistance]

Article excerpt

* * * * = VERY GOOD

by Matthew Collin (Serpent's Tail, ISBN 1 85242 682 9)

'Welcome to the surreal life. A city where everything is permitted and nothing is permitted... where everything appears normal but nothing is as it seems. Welcome to Belgrade, city of chaos.' So begins Matthew Collin's fast-paced and engaging narrative of Belgrade's descent from a vibrant and progressive central European city with a thriving club culture, to a paranoid and introspective place of survivalist capitalism run by gangsters and psychotics.

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Central to this history of a decade of repression and war, riots and NATO bombing, is the story of the radio station B92, which grew from a shambolic student station to one of the focal points of resistance to the regime. Under the inspired leadership of Veran Matic, B92's anarchic mix of rock music, political reports and satirical stunts survived raids, censorship and even the wholesale confiscation of equipment and premises to continue broadcasting. …

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