Viljami Puustinen
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Viljami Puustinen

Studying Theatre Research helped Viljami Puustinen discover the art of writing. Puustinen, a renowned music journalist, has published three works on the history of rock. In his next book he delves into late-19th-century Finnish cultural history.

Viljami Puustinen

Antti Viljami Puustinen
Born December 18, 1969, Helsinki

Master of Arts (Theatre Research) 2006, University of Helsinki
Vocational qualification in Business and Administration 1992, Espoonlahti Business College

Freelance journalist and writer of non-fiction 2011–
Editor-in-chief 2007–2011, Rumba-lehti
Assistant, inter alia, Ylioppilaslehti, Like Uutiset, Johnny Kniga kertoo, Kauppalehti,, Image, Iso Numero (Finnish version of the Big Issue)
Record shop salesman 1992–1994, Fazer Music Itäkeskus

Kingston Wall – Petri Wallin saaga, Like 2014
22-Pistepirkko, Like 2005
This is USA – Hellsinki rock&roll underground ‘89–‘99, Like 2000

Photo: Pete Leppänen / Like Kustannus

Written by Riitta-Ilona Hurmerinta
Translated by Matthew Billington

– My work is related to my studies, although I am not working in the theatre. A sense dramatic structure is needed as an author and a journalist. Aristotle’s three-part view of plot structure, with a beginning, middle and end, featured heavily in theatre research. It is very basic, but not always easy to do in practice.

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My best memory from the University is connected to a theatre excursion led by professor Pirkko Koski. At the tail end of my studies, the Department of Theatre Research organized an excursion to Kajaani Town Theatre, where we were to watch the play Huutavan ääni korvessa (‘The Sound of a Shouting Man in the Wilds’) by Kristian Smeds.

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