The exhibition and film “Forbidden Tunes” NOW OPEN

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The exhibition “Forbidden Tunes” which is dedicated to the rock music in Soviet occupied Estonia is open from May 5. Also a documentary is displayed at the exhibition.

Photo: Tõnu TaliveeMusic does not recognize borders and spreads across a country’s boundaries irrespective of governmental or a political party’s guidelines. Despite Soviet Union’s efforts to block “harmful influences” from abroad, rock music which authorities considered “capitalist music” nevertheless seeped into the country.

During the deepening stagnation in the 1970s, the situation for rock musicians in Estonia became especially problematic. The security agencies kept a sharp eye on them. Many of the ensembles were forbidden to perform for no good reason or were forced to change their name while at the same time, the rock musicians tried in any way possible to protest against the powers that be. Rock music in Soviet occupied Estonia was, therefore, a “forbidden tunes”.

Estonia’s popular musicians share their experiences of that time in the film “Forbidden tunes” (“Keelatud mängud”). The film also brings to the viewer unique pictures of the first rock festival in Estonia, held in Elva in 1972.

Author of the film is Heino Maripuu.


The film (50 minutes) is with English subtitles.