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Author Gessen, Masha.

Title Words will break cement : the passion of Pussy Riot / Masha Gessen.

Publication Info. New York : Riverhead Books, 2014.


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 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  782.42166 G332w 2014    ---  Available
1 copy being processed for Axe Acquisitions Order.
Edition First Riverhead trade paperback edition.
Description 308 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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Contents Part I. Becoming Pussy Riot : Nadya ; War ; Kat ; Wee Wee Riot ; Maria -- Part II. Prayer and response : A punk prayer ; Unmasked ; Detention ; The trial -- Part III. Punishment : Kat ; Maria ; Nadya.
Summary Drawing on access to the band's members and their families and associates, recreates the feminist punk activists' fierce act of political confrontation in Moscow, which made national headlines as they were punished for their act of defiance.
"On February 21, 2012, five young women entered the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. In neon-colored dresses, tights, and balaclavas, they performed a "punk prayer" beseeching the "Mother of God" to "get rid of Putin." They were quickly shut down by security, and in the weeks and months that followed, three of the women were arrested and tried, and two were sentenced to a remote prison colony. But the incident captured international headlines, and footage of it went viral. People across the globe recognized not only a fierce act of political confrontation but also an inspired work of art that, in a time and place saturated with lies, found a new way to speak the truth. Masha Gessen's riveting account tells how such a phenomenon came about. Drawing on her exclusive, extensive access to the members of Pussy Riot and their families and associates, she reconstructs the fascinating personal journeys that transformed a group of young women into artists with a shared vision, gave them the courage and imagination to express it unforgettably, and endowed them with the strength to endure the devastating loneliness and isolation that have been the price of their triumph." -- Publisher's description.
Subject Pussy Riot (Musical group)
Punk rock music -- Political aspects -- Russia (Federation)
ISBN 9781594632198

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