Pussy Riot! A Punk Prayer For Freedom
Pussy Riot! A Punk Prayer For Freedom
Letters from Prison, Songs, Poems, and Courtroom Statements, PlusTributes to the Punk Band that Shook the World
Pussy Riot

With Justin Vivian Bond, Barbara Browning, Karen Finley, Vivien Goldman, Eileen Myles, Yoko Ono, Laurie Weeks
Preface by Amy Scholder


On February 21, 2012, five members of a Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot staged a performance in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. Dressed in brightly colored tights and balaclavas, they performed their "Punk Prayer" asking the Virgin Mary to drive out Russian president Vladimir Putin from the church. After just forty seconds, they were chased out by security. Once a retooled video of the events circulated on YouTube (edited to seem much longer than the actual performance), the state was riled into action.

Three members of the collective, Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, known as Masha, Nadya, and Katya, were arrested and charged with felony hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, an offense carrying a sentence of up to seven years. As their trial unfolded, these young women became global feminist icons, garnering the attention and support of activists and artists around the world, including Madonna, Paul McCartney, and Sting, as well as contributors to this book: Yoko Ono, Johanna Fateman, Karen Finley, Justin Vivian Bond, Eileen Myles, and JD Samson. The Internet exploded with petitions, music videos, and calls to action, and as the guilty verdict was anticipated,

Pussy Riot responded with articulate, unwavering courtroom statements, calling for freedom of expression, an end to economic and gender oppression, and a separation of church and state. They were sentenced to two years in prison, and inspired a global movement. Collected here are the words that roused the world.

Title Pussy Riot! A Punk Prayer For Freedom
Subtitle Letters from Prison, Songs, Poems, and Courtroom Statements, PlusTributes to the Punk Band that Shook the World
Author Pussy Riot
With Justin Vivian Bond, Barbara Browning, Karen Finley, Vivien Goldman, Eileen Myles, Yoko Ono, Laurie Weeks
Preface by Amy Scholder
Publisher Feminist Press
Title First Published 21 January 2013
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 144 p.
ISBN-10 1558618341
ISBN-13 9781558618343
Publication Date 21 January 2013
Main content page count 144
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $14.95
 


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