Living: Pizza and Punk on Gorky Street

Western ways increase their hold on Soviet youth

The band of teen-agers ambled down the avenue toward the pizza parlor in Wrangler jeans, T shirts inscribed with U.S. ARMY and Adidas sneakers. Some exhibited the glazed stare and the jerky arm-and-leg movements that are the telltale signs of a Walkman wearer. Inevitably, a few hard-eyed, Camel-smoking punk rockers slipped into the crowd, their side-cropped hair adorned with spikes on top, their black leather pants punctured by safety pins.

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