This is Serbia Calling: Rock n Roll Radio and Belgrades Underground Resistance
Where rave and rock collide with political oppression, This is Serbia Calling is the remarkable story of a courageous group of young people who waged a 10-year battle for freedom against Milosevics repressive rule, their weapons a radio transmitter and some rock n roll records, their mission, truth, justice, and another kind of life.
A group of determined idealists who set out to play good music over the airwaves suddenly found themselves in a long and vicious battle against the state. Negotiating two wars, economic sanctions, notoriously brutal police, government crackdowns, armed gangsters and neo-Nazi politicians, they struggled against all the odds to survive and keep on broadcasting their message.
Chronicling the plight of the remakable B92 radio station through in-depth first-person interviews and exhaustive research, best-selling author Matthew Collin reveals how a minority, through its use of rock music, email and the internet, kept alive the voices of dissent.
A timely first-hand testimony from Belgrades youth told with passion and conviction, this ends with the electoral defeat of Milosevic and the return to the airwaves of B92 in October 2000.
Matthew Collin is the author of the bestselling Altered State: The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House and a journalist who is editor of The Big Issue. He has written about popular culture, music, travel, technology and the politics of social justice for the Observer, the Telegraph, the Guardian, Wired, Spin and Mojo, amongst many others. He first reported from Belgrade for The Face in 1996.
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