Off The Page Oslo 2016:
Dispatches from the Frontlines of Pop Culture
Author and foreign correspondent Matthew Collin takes a personal look at critical moments when music was used as an agent of change – from radical rap to anarchist sound systems, from pop propaganda in authoritarian states to musical resistance in Russia. In conversation with Anne Hilde Neset.
Based on first-hand, personal reportage from raves, riots and rebellions, Pop Grenade. From Public Enemy To Pussy Riot: Dispatches From Musical Frontlines explores how music has been used as a weapon in struggles for liberation and a force for change.
From Berlin’s anarchic techno scene after the fall of the Wall to outlaw sound systems in wartime Bosnia, from Moscow during the crackdown on Pussy Riot to New York in the militant early years of hip-hop, it tells the extraordinary stories of some of the world’s most audacious musical freedom fighters, disco visionaries and rock’n’roll rebels with a cause.
Matthew Collin is the author of several critically-acclaimed books on popular culture including Pop Grenade, Altered State and This is Serbia Calling. He is a former editor of The Big Issue, i-D magazine and the Time Out website, and has also worked as a foreign correspondent for the BBC and Al Jazeera. His writing has been published in many newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, The Observer, The Wall Street Journal, Mixmag, The Wire and Mojo.