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YouTube’d memories: A Matter of Trust

This song was my introduction to Billy Joel, whose groundbreaking USSR tour in 1987 paved the road for many other Western acts. By the whim of some Soviet culture ministry functionary – or was it a random selection? – A Matter Of Trust has gotten the lion’s share of exposure on Soviet TV, and remained one of my all-time favorites since.

Unfortunately, I realize that this is one of those videos for which “Embedding is disabled by request”, which is YouTube’s way to pacify militant copyright-protecting recording companies. So you’ll have to click on the link and go to YouTube to watch it. Sorry.

With that, we are off for a tour of Wales. Back soon.


Posted in Memoirs, Music


  1. jason

    That’s still a great song, isn’t it? Nice video, too — I don’t think I’ve ever seen that one. It really captures the New York street flavor, and, of course, I love seeing the 80s fashions.

    I’d forgotten about Billy’s USSR tour. That must’ve been a remarkable time to be living in Eastern Europe, with the sense of change in the wind. Or perhaps I’m just romanticizing something I honestly know nothing about…

  2. Ilya

    I’m sure for some people it was true – the political spring was gaining steam. But I was around 15 at the time, and my head was full of things that had little to do with changing political climate, if you know what I mean 🙂

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