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Not Hungary, Baboon. I live in Romania. Western music was not really.. forbidden. It was simply not available. In 1983 we had Smokie and The Boomtown Rats in concert, in Bucharest; those were the last important gigs until 1989.
LP's were available through black market only, costed a fortune as you mentioned.
Had to travel 2000 km to and from my first Stones concert.
Brrr... But are you of Hungarian origin, or 'pure' Romanian?
I find now that Kadar, Hungarians current president at time,
must have changed policy 3-4-5 times from mid-70s to mid-80s.
(I once stumbled over an interesting web-article about that
particular system, odd in its relative flexibility.
I will try to re-find this article.)
All my favorite Hungarian groups were totally underground and forbidden
till circa 1980. After that followed an extreme explosion.
.. Do you know if the increasing charter-tourism to the Black Sea
in the late 70s-early 80s made some more Western music streamin' into the country?
Any good Romanian music from the heydays you could post?