September 6 – St. Petersburg’s comeback


Volgograd’s ‘Motherland Calls’. Those are people at the base!

Russia’s cultural center Saint Petersburg (with more than 200 museums alone) gets its name back.

It had been renamed Leningrad in 1924. (Volgograd (originally Tsaritsyn) was similarly renamed in 1961; it was temporarily named after the greatest butcher of the 20th century in 1925.)

Besides being the home of the Mariinsky Ballet company and opera, it’s the birthplace of famous choreographer George Balanchine and famous composers Alexander Borodin, Alexander Glazunov and Dmitri Shostakovich.

It created the first Russian jazz band and ‘D-58’ club and the (KGB-sponsored) Leningrad Rock Club. ▷The Arts in St. Pete▹

See also: Russian rock, Stilyaga, Jazz on Bones, Jazz-rock counterculture