Friday, November 6, 2009

CONCERT: Legendary Punk Band in NYC

As part of Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe Festival, The Polish Cultural Institute of New York, in collaboration with The Hungarian Cultural Center will present Poland's legendary punk band Dezerter in Rebel Waltz: Underground Music from Behind the Iron Curtain on Saturday, November 7 – 11:00 pm at (Le) Poisson Rouge - 158 Bleecker Street at Thompson Street, NYC.

In spring 1981, the heyday of the Solidarity movement, the young musicians came together as SS-20, a name provocatively referring to a Soviet nuclear missile. A month after the group's debut concert, the regime imposed Martial Law, temporarily ending Solidarity's gains. When their name was then banned from posters they changed it to Dezerter. Despite censors' restrictions they officially released the first punk single to critique the system, which sold 50,000 copies before a re-issue was cancelled. The band is still going strong after three decades.

At 4:00 pm there will be a public discussion with the bands and a screening of Beats of Freedom, a documentary on Polish music of the 80's at The New School, Arnhold Hall, 55 W. 13th Street, Rm 531.