Notes from Underground: Rock Music Counterculture in Russia

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Glossary
The following words are taken from the
argot of Petersburg musicians. They are
the words most commonly encountered
in the course of my research and reflect a slang used more generally in
Russia. This is by no means an exhaustive list. Entries marked with an
asterisk include translations from a glossary of Russian slang which
appears in Zapesotskii and Fain ( 1990).
bitlonwn; bitly; bitlovsky: a fan of the Beatles; the Beatles; anything related! to the Beatles.
bliad': obscene interjection, particle. Used most often as an interjection but also as a noun which means literally, "slut." This word is considered extremely obscene, yet appears quite commonly in the everyday speech of musicians, especially when the speaker is angry or excited.
butleg: bootleg, illegal, pirate recording.
chukcha: a derogatory reference to the Chuchki, a people of northern Siberia. This term corresponds to the English expression "monkey see, monkey do." In Russian, used to convey the idea of a person who simplistically sees something and does exactly what he sees. Generally used to describe overt and unimaginative imitation in music.
clichka: nickname. Unlike in Western rock music, Russian musicians seldom have nicknames (with the exception of punks who almost always have them).
derymo: shit. Often applied either to social conditions or to popular, commercial music.
draiv: one of the most important evaluative criteria of authentic rock. It is that which makes rock good and which makes it, most important, a form of oppositional noise in the context of the dull static of Soviet modernity.
dushilovo: a neologism made up of a neuter, nominative form from the verb dushit', to strangle or smother. Used in colloquial speech to

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