MOSCOW: Timofei and Anna, 17, were sitting on a bench in a Moscow park dresses in black leather coats. They said they were fans of rock and punk. Anna said Elvis is her favorite. She first heard about him during a school class about music when she was 12. She has been listening to him since and has his albums on her phone. Her favorite song is "'Any Day Now.' Timofei said his dad likes rock, but his friends listen to punk. Thus Timofei's favorite groups are Pink Floyd, Clash and The Sex Pistols. His favorite song is 'Brand New Cadillac' by The Clash. Timofei said he style was inspired by Jonny Depp in the film 'Cry Baby' about the 1950s.
MOSCOW: When Alexei's parents returned from work in Mongolia to the USSR in the late 1980s, they used their foreign currency to buy a Panasonic double cassette recorder at a special store in Moscow. When it broke, Alexei would try to fix it. Getting it repaired at a shop was 'expensive and took a long time.' Unkowingly, that was the start of Alexei's career in high-tech audio repair and solutions. Alexei was on his way to a Rockabilly concert, dressed in jeans turned up at the bottom, a half a dozen rings and confederate belt. He said he first attended a rockabilly concert about five years ago at the behest of a friend and loved it. Alexei said Rockabilly "isn't a hobby, it's a way of life," adding with a laugh that "rock'n'roll will never die."
Polina, 25, was wearing the type of leather boots - black greenish with writing and laces - that immediately gave away her musical tastes. The Pearl Jam fan said the boots were actually her mothers. Polina said her mom got ill as a young girl in the 1970s and spent some time in a hospital. The patient sharing the room was a rock fan and 'infected' her mom with his music taste though it was banned in the Soviet Union. A freelance translator, Polina has inherited her mom's love of rock and alternative music, and attends outdoor concerts. Polina also loves traveling and dreams of hitchhiking several thousand kilometers to Baikal in Siberia. ''You don't have the moral right to emigrate unless you know your country well,'' she said when I asked why she wants to travel halfway across her country. ''Russia is a big and beautiful country. I will hopefully do this trip ... and then I will see what I will decided to do next.''