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Alexander Herbert is a research fellow at Brandeis University focusing on the history of the late Soviet Union. He is a devoted father, veteran vegan, self-ascribed environmentalist, occasional musician, opportunistic freelance writer and translator, and fan of beet and pickle pizza. Aside from academic research, Alexander has been a punk rock and hardcore enthusiast since the point of contact and has contributed to such iconic fanzines as Maximum Rocknroll and Razorcake. He thoroughly enjoys connecting strangers and has proudly established lines of communication between musicians, writers, and artists in Russia and the United States since 2014. You can read more of Alexander’s editorial work and firsthand stories of punk in Russia in Punks Around, a fanzine he edits that prints tales of contributors’ experiences in punk scenes around the world.

What About Tomorrow?: An Oral History of Russian Punk from the Soviet Era to Pussy Riot

What About Tomorrow?: An Oral History of Russian Punk from the Soviet Era to Pussy Riot

by Alexander Herbert Author

Punk arrived in Soviet Russia in 1978, spreading slowly at first through black market vinyl records and soon exploding …

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Punks Around #6: Armageddon Rhode Island and Boston's Favorite Punk and Metal Record Shop

Punks Around #6: Armageddon Rhode Island and Boston's Favorite Punk and Metal Record Shop

by Alexander Herbert Author

Punks Around is back with their sixth issue - Armageddon Rhode Island & Boston's Favorite Punk and Metal Record …

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Punk in A Foreign Space: Tales from Writing the History of Russian Punk Rock

Punk in A Foreign Space: Tales from Writing the History of Russian Punk Rock

by Alexander Herbert Author

A zine about the creation of What About Tomorrow. An adventure story as well as a fascinating document of what it took …

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Punks Around #5: Woscom

Punks Around #5: Woscom

by Alexander Herbert Author

Featuring Alex living and volunteering in Moscow, this zine tells the story of punks in Russia. With @still.hear's …

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Punks Around #4: The Minot, North Dakota Punk Scene 2001-2018

Punks Around #4: The Minot, North Dakota Punk Scene 2001-2018

by Joe Biel Author and Alexander Herbert Series Editor

Minot may only be the fourth largest city in North Dakota, but it's a key player in the punk …

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Punks Around #3: The Minot, North Dakota Punk Scene 1989-2000

Punks Around #3: The Minot, North Dakota Punk Scene 1989-2000

by Joe Biel Author and Alexander Herbert Series Editor

In 1999 our show in MInot, North Dakota was canceled but the locals said that we could still come hang out. I gave them …

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Punks Around #2: Mutant Maniac

Punks Around #2: Mutant Maniac

by Justin Maurer Author and Alexander Herbert Series Editor

You a punk? Want to read some anecdotes about other punks from around the world? Well, here you go. Mutant Maniac is …

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Punks Around #1: Nizhny Life

Punks Around #1: Nizhny Life

by Alexander Herbert Author

Each issue of “Punks Around” features a story written by a contributor drawing from their experience in …

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