An important part of my dissertation is setting the events in Kaunas in 1972 into the greater context of youth counterculture in the 1960s and early 1970s. As a result, the activities listed below actually qualify as research.
Last fall, I watched the Polish film The Beats of Freedom, about rock music and youth counterculture in Communist Poland, at the Kaunas International Film Festival.
In February, I attended a presentation on a new book on Lithuanian rock music at the Vilnius Book Fair. In addition to comments by the book’s author, the session featured performances by two current Lithuanian musicians. I’m eagerly awaiting the publication of the book in May.
I do regular internet searches for blogs, youtube videos and other material about youth counterculture in Lithuania in the 1960s and 1970s. It’s amazing how much material is posted on the internet by individuals that isn’t available in official archives. For example, the video below features a song by the Kaunas rock group Gintarėliai accompanied by photos of young people in the early 1970s.