Boris Grebenshikov

Ken Schaffer brought the amazing bard many people consider to be the Bob Dylan/John Lennon of Russia to London, New York & Los Angeles to record for Columbia Records with Western counterparts including Annie Lennox,  Dave Stewart, Chrissy Hynde…

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Boris Grebenshikov’s Aquarium: http://www.aquariumband.com

 

The Boston Globe: From Russia with Rock

How Boris Grebenshikov became the first Soviet rocker to have an album released in the West
By Fred Turner

It’s 9 o’clock in the morning – virtually dawn by New York standards – and Ken Schaffer doesn’t want to talk. “Just listen,” he says, running over to the bank of tape decks by the wall.

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An Unwanted Reprise Riles a Soviet Rocker

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“Then it all changed suddenly, and our enemies started to put out our records and write wonderful things about us in the newspaper,” said Boris Grebenshikov. Credit Mikhail Klimentyev/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

IN the days before Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula last month, a state-sponsored television network broadcast a bellicose video montage of events in Ukraine set to “This Train’s on Fire,” a song by the celebrated underground Soviet rock band Aquarium.

This land was ours till we got caught in the fighting.

It’s time for us to get it back.

The Kremlin-backed station’s use of the 1980s ballad drew the ire of the band’s founder and lead singer, Boris Grebenshikov.

“I am touched that you decided to use a piece of my song,” Mr. Grebenshikov wrote in an open letter posted on Facebook. “But since you are doing it, have the courage to publish it completely, including the words ‘I have seen the generals, they drink and eat our death.’ ”

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