Rocking the Cold War, musician helped bring American music to USSR

 

Valery “Seisky” Saifudinov took the stage in Riga, Latvia, with a plywood electric guitar on New Year’s Eve 1962, burst into a set of Chuck Berry and Little Richard songs, and within months, people in Moscow and other major Soviet cities couldn’t use phone booths. “The (word) spread so fast after we played the first time,” said Saifudinov, a native of Latvia and an Escondido resident since 1993. “The whole city was talking about rock ‘n’ roll.Embedly Powered
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