Boris Borisovich Grebenshchikov
() also known as Boris Purushottama Grebenshikov
, is one of the most prominent members of the generation which is widely considered the "founding fathers" of Russian rock
music. Due as much to his personal contribution as to the undisputed and lasting success of his main effort, the band Aquarium
(active since 1972 until today), he is a household name in Russia. Grebenshchikov is colloquially known as BG
() after his initials.
Early years (1953-1979)
Boris Grebenshchikov was born on November 27, 1953 in Leningrad
. He co-founded Aquarium with a childhood friend, Anatoly "George" Gunitsky, in 1972 as a post-modernistic theater-centric effort that involved poetry and music. Gunitsky provided absurdist, highly symbolic lyrics to some of BG's earliest songs.
Despite an eventual graduate degree in Applied Mathematics, Grebenshchikov had always been a voracious consumer of culture, especially music. His school-years enamorment with The Beatles
eventually extended to include a deep appreciation of Bob Dylan
, which slowly transformed Aquarium into a low-fi electric blues band that moonlighted in acoustic reggae. The first song he managed to play on guitar was The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride
"; his first public performance, in 1973, featured him performing songs by Cat Stevens
The first six years of Aquarium's history lacked cohesion as Grebenshchikov and his various bandmates followed the Soviet equivalent of the hippie... Read More