Cult music producer Joe Boyd talks to BBC Russia Arts Correspondent Alex Kan about folk music, nationalism and politics in Russia and eastern Europe. What does it mean to performers, audiences and politicians and why is it an instrument of power?
Joe Boyd is a record and film producer. He worked as a production and tour manager with Muddy Waters, Stan Getz and Bob Dylan and went on to produce Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Fairport Convention, REM, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, 10,000 Maniacs, Billy Bragg and many others. As head of music for Warner Brothers Films he organised the scoring of Deliverance, McCabe and Mrs Miller and Clockwork Orange. His book White Bicycles: Making Music in the Sixties was translated in to 6 languages. He lives in London and is working on a second book, about world music.
Alex Kan is a BBC broadcaster and cultural historian, and the author of numerous articles and two books on Russian New Music.