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Pages: 256

Language: English

Publisher: Serpent's Tail; New Ed edition (8 Oct. 2004)

By: Matthew Collin(Author)

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This is the story of a courageous group of young people living under Milosevic?s repressive rule who waged a 10-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. It?s a book about a group of idealists who started out wanting to play good music over the airwaves but had to negotiate two wars, economic sanctions, police violence and government crackdowns, armed gangsters and neo-Nazi politicians. 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 the legendary radio station B92 kept alive the voices of dissent. This second edition brings the story up to date as Serbia struggles to come to terms with the post-Milosevic era, in which its former president is put on trial for war crimes and its new Prime Minister is assassinated.New edition with new postscript by the author.

This is Serbia Calling is a fascinating portrait of how Serbia's "lost generation" expressed their resistance through the few channels left open to them. B92, an avant-garde Belgrade radio station run by a motley, courageous group of enthusiasts, provided a focus for young people who had "grown up thinking things were about to get better but had seen them get much, much worse".


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  • By Mr I A Collinson on 20 May 2001

    This is the story of Serbia's tragic decade and how, against a surreal political landscape, a small student radio station became something greater. B92 did more than play alternative music - it helped shape the destiny of a country. From beats to bombs, Matthew Colin has chronicled Serbia's troubles from a unique perspective.

  • By Guest on 27 September 2016

    It is rare to experience reality in all its chaotic contradictions, especially when about war. With Matthew Collin's This is Serbia Calling, you live trough a decade of Milošević Serbia, trough the eyes of a lost generation of absurdist radio-makers which happened to stay in the country they felt everyone else worthwhile left, while the city around them slowly turns into "Zombietown".It reminds me of George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia, in the sense that it thoroughly shakes your image of conflict, and helps understand how poorly the big picture represents the years of life, of hope, of disappointment, of banality, of millions of little conflicting details it consists of.Following B92 through these turbulent times in this crazy bubble called Belgrade helps grasp the fear, the glimpses of optimism, the despair, the humour, the craziness, the terrible powerlessness, the banality and the shear complexity of it all. 5/5

  • By DNA Cowboy on 5 March 2016

    An excellent informative book on a subject I knew little about other than NATO bombing the Serbian infrastructure and the killing of many innocents on all sides. The bravery of the assorted music fans, dj's and journalists is quite outstanding. Well recommended.

  • By Guest on 4 April 2001

    It's said that the news is the first draft of history. This book straddles history, media and politics with ease. It's a history lesson of the past decade in the Balkans seen through the eyes of a powerful little radio station who dared to differ. A minority radio station, with a defiant voice who informed the world, via their well publicised web site, what was really going on in Belgrade. The story comes from those involved, with testimonys from the broadcasters, who, while history unfolded around them in dramatic and depressing style, told the city there was still life out there. This presentation of the story makes it all the more poinient. An excellent and accessible read.

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