What are the gogol bordello gypsy punks, you might ask?? It’s a gypsy punk thing, baby!
The Gogol Bordello Gypsy Punks are a band that was formed on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1999. Although the band’s sound is inspired by gypsy music, they combine accordion and violin with punk and dub. “Gogol” comes from the name Nikolai Gogol. As one of the most influential writers in Ukrainian and Russian literature, Gogol paved the way for the likes of Kafka and Dostoevsky. He also serves as an ideological influence for the band because he “smuggled” Ukrainian culture into Russian society, which Gogol Bordello intends to do with Gypsy/ East-European music in the English-speaking world. “Bordello“, in Italian, refers to a brothel or a “gentleman’s club.” Jimi Hendrix and Parliament-Funkadelic are among the some of the band’s main musical influences.
Gogol Bordello has appeared in a multitude of national and international musical festivals. They endlessly tour Europe and America and have appeared on stage with Madonna. They have performed live on Late Night with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and numerous other television programs.
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