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Gogol Bordello's Eugene Hutz on Soaking Up Culture and Making Crowds Dance

August 5, 2008 5:54 PM ET

Gogol Bordello have become staples of the summer festival scene, and their sets are typically weekend-stealers. Their Friday afternoon performance at Lollapalooza was no exception, as Eugene Hutz brought his group's brand of madcap gypsy punk to a rabid crowd at Chicago's Grant Park. Click above to find out how Hutz manages to whip himself into a frenzy for shows and how the group constructs its multi-cultural pastiche songs.

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