Self-quotation as Reinterpretation of the Past in the Russian Rock Band DDT

Sergio Mazzanti


This article discusses the use of lyrical, musical and visual self-quotations in the works of DDT, one of the most important Russian rock bands. After the collapse of USSR, the legacy of Soviet rock movement has been the object of a nostalgic approach both by its protagonists as individuals and by the society as a whole. Supported by different methodological approaches (Genette, Yurchak, Boym, Chion, Veselovsky), the author examines how Yury Shevchuk, DDT’s leader, uses self-quotations as an artistic tool to re-interpret the past, his own past and at the same time the past of the country. Self-quotations can also act as a kind of dialogue between the author and the society, helping to stress the mainly intertextual character of popular music and position it in the cultural field between the individual and the social.


Russian popular music; palimpsest; nostalgia; self-quotations; appropriation; definition of popular music

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