Gogol Bordello – Music Thursday

Warning: highly addictive!

   Gogol Bordello is a Gypsy punk band from Manhattan. Members of the band come from all over the world, but the core are are immigrants from Ukraine and Russia.

   “Gogol” comes from Nikolay Gogol, a classical Russian Ukrainian writer, born in today’s Ukraine. He serves as an ideological influence for the band because he “smuggled” Ukrainian culture into Russian society, which Gogol Bordello intends to do with Gypsy/East-European music in the English-speaking world. “Bordello,” in Italian, refers to a brothel or a “gentleman’s club.” (Wiki)

   The band has toured tirelessly throughout Europe and America. They have made numerous appearances at international festivals, on American TV (Late Night Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, NPR to mane a few) and in many movies. (If you are interested, this Wiki article gives a full list and much more)

   These guys may NOT be what you are accustomed to hearing, but please give them a chance.

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