It’s Official: Russia’s KGB Financed The Punk Revolution and The Sex Pistols.
Above Photo: The Mask Slips in Eric’s Punk Club, Liverpool. Apparently the Russian Ruble was behind it all. (© Sharon Buchanan)
I love the way Punk bands and the Punk Movement from the 1970s are still making fresh worldwide headlines, even when it’s a load of old bollocks, as follows…
A former KGB officer, Alexandrei Varennikovic Voloshin, recently admitted on National Russian television that the KGB had financed the Punk Revolution and funded all the major Punk bands, including the Sex Pistols, the Clash and the Ramones.
Apparently The Russian government (back then, the USSR) spent “hundreds of millions of rubles” on a covert operation designed to “create utter chaos” and “pervert Western youth to nihilist, anti-establishment and anti-american ideologies” he explained in an hour long interview.
He claimed that famous Sex Pistols songs were even scripted by a team of Russian psychologists and war propagandists. The lyrics of “Anarchy in the UK”, “God save the Queen” and other anti-establishment lyrics were intended to unleash a wave of cynicism towards authorities, promote the use of heavy drugs and entice the youth with revolutionary, counter establishment ideas.
The retired KGB agent also claimed the manoeuver was a success. “We understood at the time that music was a powerful means of propaganda to reach the youth” he explained.
“Our mission was to use teenage angst to our advantage and turn the baby boomer generation of the West into a decadent, pro-drug and anti-establishment culture that would create uprisings and bring Western democracies into utter chaos. We even infiltrated mainstream radios to promote their music and reach millions of people everyday” he admitted.
“For many of us in the KGB, infiltrating the 1970s punk scene was one of the USSR’s most successful experiments of propaganda to date” he said.
Didn’t work out for them quite so well as this fanciful rubbish suggests though, did it – Pussy Riot anyone?
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