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People Getting Pissy About Jazz Music and Jeans in the USSR

STORY BY: Mikhael Levkovsky
YEAR: 1975

Mikhael's family was raised under communist rule as part of the USSR. His grandfather therefore had to sneak in "Western propaganda", and secretly listen to things like jazz music, which was considered "the music of the devil". He wore these "cool, Western-looking jeans" that were not acceptable to the "KGB-style" secret police. The police came up to him with a knife and actually cut his offensive jeans up, which was distressing for many reasons, including the fact that jeans were an expensive commodity. Mikhael finds it interesting that people were "getting so pissy about jazz music and jeans". Thanks for sharing, Mikhael.

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