Boris Grebenshikov

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


1953, Russia. With the advent of perestroika, singer and songwriter Grebenshikov became the first Russian rock artist to record and perform in the West. At school in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), he translated western songs and performed them with a beat group. In 1972 he formed Aquarium, which became the most famous of Russian rock groups. Among its members were Sasha Titov (bass), Seva Gakkel (cello) and Diusha Romanov. Grebenshikov’s early writing method was to adapt foreign material to the Russian language. Thus Bob Dylan’s ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ became ‘Knocking On The Doors Of Grass’, and George Harrison was honoured in ‘In The Temple Of Radjah Krishnu’ and a David Bowie tune became ‘Song Of The Silent Days’. Aquarium also had hippie and reggae phases in its musical evolution. By the mid-80s, however, Grebenshikov had achieved a personal voice, best heard on his biggest Russian hit, ‘This...

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