Eastern Europe: In the Socialist Groove


In Prague's Rococo Theater last week, a big crowd rocked to a big beat as bearded Singer Waldemar Matuschka belted out his latest hit, a paean to the motherland called My Horse Is A-Gallopin':

It's a country of linden trees

And honey in the blooms.

Where the prices are steady.

Where the taverns are full

And the girls are willing.

The lyrics could have been written by the Czech Tourist Agency, but the melody is better known in grass-roots U.S.A. as On Top of Old Srnokey.

Down the street from the Rococo, in a dimly lit basement nightclub, a shaggy combo, the Golden Boys, hammered...

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