Collin has not only found a way into the psyche of intelligent, tolerant young people suddenly swamped by a tide of fascist hate...he also shows how pop music can still ignite change, or quietly save souls, when life arrives at its most extreme (Uncut book of the month)
This is Serbia Calling should sit proudly as the latest addition to the people's history of the world... People power has never been so readable or so credible ( Big Issue)
As the author of Altered State, you'd expect Collin to have a keen eye for pop cult detail, but This Is Serbia Calling also has its fair share of incisive political analysis. An essential read (Jockey Slut book of the month)
This is the story of a courageous group of young people living under Milosevic's repressive rule who waged a ten year battle for freedom, armed only with a radio transmitter, some rock'n'roll records, and a dream of truth, justice and another kind of life. They called themselves Serbia's 'lost generation'; the government called them traitors, spies and terrorists. Despite police raids and state censorship, they refused to be defeated, and kept on broadcasting their message. This is Serbia Calling chronicles a decade (1990-2000) in which B92, an extraordinary radio station, through its use of rock music, email and the Internet, kept alive the voices of dissent. The book ends with the fall of Milosevic and B92 going back on air.
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