The culmination of years of research, interviews, and travels, Alexander Herbert's What About Tomorrow? is the first comprehensive history of punk music and culture in Russia. Punk scenes around the world share a common thread of community, anti-authoritarianism, and echoing—or outdoing—the turbulence and violence of the environment. In the real-life stories told here, the stakes are even higher, the violence and threats from police and the government are even greater, and the music rises to the occasion.
The bulk of the book is an oral history spanning Russia's punk scene from 1976 to very nearly the present. It features extensive interviews with members of punk bands and never-before-published photographs, with a primary focus on the punk scenes of Moscow and Leningrad. Essays and appendices focus more in-depth on scenes in other cities, and on the global feminist phenomenon of Pussy Riot, which plays a unique and contentious part in this story. Once you've picked this book up, whatever your preconceptions or level of interest in punk or Russia, it's impossible to put down.