For someone in Russia period of "Perestroika" - is a carefree youth or maturity adulthood. Some people associate "Perestroika" with their childhood and first impressions. Someone haven't lived in that epoch, but undoubtedly have heard about it from relatives.
One consider that the Perestroika is a tragical stage of collapse of the USSR, the other contemplate it as a lost chance. But anyway there is not indifferent opinion about it.
However, it is important to remember that in addition to the official political life about which said and written quite a lot, there was an informal, casual part of life. After all, people, in those times, went to work, loved, haved fun, enjoyed the arts and reflected obout the life.