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Paul Eng - Russkabillies

Post by andrew666 on Fri Aug 05, 2011 3:59 pm

American photographer Paul Eng has been tracking the growth of Russian Rockabilly and now has an exhibition at the A3 theatre in Moscow:



Eng presents a sympathetic portrait of the russkabillies. “The adherents live as a big family, spending a lot of time together, with the usual tension between more and less fanatic members, or people who adhere to different subscenes, such as psychobillies or Teddy Boys,” he says, “The local leader here is quite young and dressed from head to toe in rockabilly style.”



Two of Russia's most prominent rockabilly bands are The Gagarin Brothers and Madheads:


Gagarin Brothers

Eng points out that Russkabillies stay in costume all the time - in fact, it's not a costume, simply a lifestyle. One he met was a tattoo artist, so it was fine, but he was surprised to also find a distribution manager and an accountant going to work everyday in their full finery!


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