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Armenian police target teenage rock cult
France24 ^ | 26 Dec 2010 | AFP

Posted on 12/26/2010 11:05:36 PM PST by oblomov

AFP - When police officers arrived at 13-year-old Masha's home, searched her room and inspected her computer, it was not because they suspected her of any crime.

Her offence was simply to be a devoted follower of the angst-ridden punk-rock subculture known as 'emo', in an ex-Soviet state where pressures to conform remain strong.

"It was offensive and frightening at the same time," said Masha, a schoolgirl in the Armenian capital, clearly upset by the experience.

Police in Yerevan have been conducting a campaign against the capital's small but controversial emo community since the recent suicides of two teenagers who were rumoured to have been emo fans.

They claim that the subculture represents a threat to young people's welfare.

Officers have visited schools, searched pupils whose distinctive clothing marks them out as possible 'emos', and mounted surveillance on public places where young people gather.

Several fans have been detained for questioning, despite the lack of any specific legislation against the musical genre or its followers.

In a recent newspaper interview, Armenia's Chief of Police, Alik Sarkisian, claimed that emo could "damage our gene pool". "We should fight against such phenomena because they are morally harmful to our people," he said.

Emo -- an abbreviation of 'emotional' -- is a more melodic and melancholy form of punk rock. It has origins in the United States but has become a well-established global subculture in recent years.

(Excerpt) Read more at france24.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: armenia; emo; music; napl; subculture

1 posted on 12/26/2010 11:05:41 PM PST by oblomov
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To: oblomov

Moose?


2 posted on 12/26/2010 11:07:29 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: oblomov

Emo Armenian?

Never in Glendale!


3 posted on 12/26/2010 11:10:45 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: oblomov

Emo (pronounced /ˈiːmoʊ/) is a style of rock music typically characterized by melodic musicianship and expressive, often confessional lyrics. It originated in the mid-1980s hardcore punk movement of Washington, D.C., where it was known as "emotional hardcore" or "emocore" and pioneered by bands such as Rites of Spring and Embrace. As the style was echoed by contemporary American punk bands, its sound and meaning shifted and changed, blending with pop punk and indie rock and encapsulated in the early 1990s by groups such as Jawbreaker and Sunny Day Real Estate. By the mid 1990s numerous emo acts emerged from the Midwestern and Central United States, and several independent record labels began to specialize in the style.


4 posted on 12/26/2010 11:18:51 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: oblomov

Its hard for me to imagine a meloncholy punk rock song. Angry and despondent yes, but not meloncholy.


5 posted on 12/26/2010 11:21:00 PM PST by HerrBlucher (Defund, repeal, investigate, impeach, convict, jail, celebrate.)
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To: HerrBlucher

What’s the blues without a good rage?


6 posted on 12/26/2010 11:24:42 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: oblomov
Armenia's Chief of Police, Alik Sarkisian, claimed that emo could "damage our gene pool".

Reproduction isn't their strong suit.

7 posted on 12/26/2010 11:27:38 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Billie Holiday.


8 posted on 12/26/2010 11:30:24 PM PST by HerrBlucher (Defund, repeal, investigate, impeach, convict, jail, celebrate.)
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To: JoeProBono

Ain’t she purty. Needs a boob job, though.


9 posted on 12/26/2010 11:32:52 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: oblomov

10 posted on 12/26/2010 11:39:35 PM PST by Dumpster Baby (Truth is called hate by those who hate the truth.)
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To: HerrBlucher

The Growlers play party music that’s shot through with an undertone of melancholy.


11 posted on 12/26/2010 11:42:27 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Yeh.

Q: How do you get an emo kid out of a tree?
A: Cut the rope.

12 posted on 12/26/2010 11:42:35 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

13 posted on 12/26/2010 11:44:14 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: oblomov

The entire “emo” scene is propped up by ecstacy.


14 posted on 12/26/2010 11:45:18 PM PST by Daniel II (Really??????)
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To: Billthedrill

15 posted on 12/26/2010 11:52:25 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: LS

*ping*

I know you’re big into the rock scene... :-P


16 posted on 12/26/2010 11:58:16 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: oblomov

The Democrats said the world is angry about Iraq but now they love us.


17 posted on 12/27/2010 12:05:14 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Stupid Obama still lacks the experience needed to be President.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

18 posted on 12/27/2010 12:08:28 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

19 posted on 12/27/2010 12:13:13 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Billthedrill

20 posted on 12/27/2010 12:33:58 AM PST by Proud_USA_Republican ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: oblomov
emo bookm....just too sad to finish....
21 posted on 12/27/2010 1:00:51 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus - Domari Nolo)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

>>Moose?

No, I ‘d describe moose as more shoegazer.

I used to listen to Sunny Day Real Estate during their “Diary” years. The lead singer became a Christian, half of the band joined the Foo Fighters, and the band died before My Chemical Romance was a glimmer in the first cutter’s razor blade.


22 posted on 12/27/2010 4:52:26 AM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: oblomov

These bands would play metal if they knew how to play their instruments.

Same crap as delinquents in the 50s, 60s “tune outs”, 70s burnouts, the Ozzy hysteria, devil metal in the 80s, speed metal, death metal, goth, etc.

Remember when these were latch key kids?


23 posted on 12/27/2010 6:33:15 AM PST by sbMKE
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To: oblomov
Tickle Me Emo


24 posted on 12/27/2010 6:44:07 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Merry CHRISTmas!)
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To: oblomov

First they came for the Emos. I am not an Emo so I said nothing.

Then they came for the Goths. I am not a Goth so I said nothing.

Then they came for the Rastabilly Skank enthusiasts. And there was no one left to speak.


25 posted on 12/27/2010 6:47:33 AM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: JoeProBono

Back in the 70’s, we would have just called these kids ‘p*ssies’ and kicked their asses.


26 posted on 12/27/2010 6:49:40 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Tralala boom-dee-aye!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

>.<

That “she” is a “he” :/

He is a good definition of an Emo :p

Bikk


27 posted on 12/27/2010 7:17:07 AM PST by Bikkuri
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“What’s the blues without a good rage?”
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDc-9yRc5Jg


28 posted on 12/27/2010 11:17:24 AM PST by RipSawyer
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To: Daniel II

You think so? The emo personality seems to be the diametric opposite of that of the X-using rave scene kid. BWDIK? I never was a member of any of these subcultures- I was always on the fringe of them.


29 posted on 12/27/2010 11:17:59 AM PST by oblomov
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To: Grizzled Bear

When they come for the “Big O” listeners I’m in trouble.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rlB_q6lJ5A


30 posted on 12/27/2010 11:28:27 AM PST by RipSawyer
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To: struggle

Sunny Day Real Estate got back together, without the bassist who left for the Foo Fighters, for two more albums in the late 90s/early 2000s. Then they were involved in a band called Fire Theft for most of the 2000s. Last year, in 2009, the entire original lineup of Sunny Day got back together for a reunion tour. I saw them when they stopped at the 9:30 Club in DC- great show.


31 posted on 12/27/2010 1:01:52 PM PST by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: oblomov

Didn't realize he had so many fans over there.

32 posted on 12/27/2010 1:04:57 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Pyro7480

Wow, the 9:30 still exists - it brings back memories of Jawbox, Velocity Girl, and all the other awesome bands of that era...it’s too bad WHFS didn’t make it.


33 posted on 12/27/2010 4:14:06 PM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: oblomov; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...


34 posted on 12/27/2010 7:45:55 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Dumpster Baby

35 posted on 12/27/2010 7:50:35 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: oblomov

“You think so? The emo personality seems to be the diametric opposite of that of the X-using rave scene kid.”

I knew this ex-goth girl about 25 years my junior who did the scene.

I guess ecstacy pretty much releases all of your serotonin and turns you into some sort of emotional rollercoaster; complete with drunk-like, hot breath blown three inches away from your face, eyelash curling (free of charge), “I LOooOOOoove YOU, man’s.”

She talked as if the Emo’s were just rolled up in the whole deal along with a lot of other kid’s who were under 21.

But, you’re right. My statement was too emphatic. If not for her input, I wouldn’t have anything to add.


36 posted on 12/27/2010 8:34:51 PM PST by Daniel II (Really??????)
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