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The Khrushchev Thaw

In the late 1950s the Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, denounced his predecessor, Stalin. For the first time Russians were able to buy tape recorders and listen to rock music.

In the late 1950s the Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, denounced his predecessor, Stalin. Russians were able to buy tape recorders and listen to rock music. Witness hears from one man who benefitted from the period by becoming a musician himself.

[Photo: Zinovy Zinik in 1975. Credit: Slava Tsukerman]

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