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«Я сам себе суфий, я сам себе йог…»: Борис Гребенщиков как оккультурный бриколер

С. 124-135.
Носачев П. Г.

In his famous work «The Re-Enchantment of the West» Cristopher Partridge, proposed a theory which considering modern culture as a phenomenon formed under the influence of ideas and images that arose in the realm of Western esotericism. The term “occulture” was proposed by Partridge to name a special dimension of the popular culture after the 60s. According to Partridge, the extinction of interest in Christianity did not lead to the rejection of religiosity, but gave birth to a spiritual subculture that arose in the late XIX-early XX centuries in the circles of esoteric societies. When the ideas of these communities became popular and began to be used by mass culture, then the occulture emerged. A special place in Partridge’sstudies takes music. Recently Partridge released several works focused on description of occulture influences in modern music. The theory of occulture is quite interesting and has considerable heuristic potential, so it is natural to project it on the Russian material. Perhaps one of the most famous figures in Russian rock is Boris Grebenshchikov his role as one of the founders of the genre is undeniable. It seems that Grebenshchikov most fully fit in the framework of Partridge’s theory of occulture bricoleur, in his music one may find a synthesis of different and sometimes conflicting ideas: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Kabbalah, Alchemy, etc. It seems that the case of Grebenshchikov should show the pros and cons of the theory of occulture bricoleur.