If you are interested exploring Russian punk, you really need to
check out Grazhdanskaya Oborona:
One of the finest mid-late 80s punk bands from any country. The best
stuff is the 87-89 era, but they were active right up until Yegor
Letov's death (at age 43) just a few years ago. I don't think they
ever released anything on vinyl (maybe a 7"), but I could be wrong
about that. A lot of their stuff recorded during the USSR was
distributed through unofficial DIY cassettes, but later they made a
lot of CD releases and reissues on their own label.
wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grazhdanskaya_Oborona
Also lots of stuff to download here: http://www.gr-oborona.info/
On Jan 30, 2011, at 10:17 PM, Roger Kulp wrote:
> I have a couple of questions,that Mike Biel would probably be best
> suited to answer.
> I assume most of you are familiar with the Russian/Soviet rock
> band,DDT,one of the great band names of all time.I just bought an
> original vinyl copy online of their record "Thaw", Cyrillic title
> Оттепель .I assume this is a late Melodiya pressing,as it
> dates from 1990.I had been after any of their original vinyl for
> years.I have bought a lot of very rare,and unusual,classical vinyl
> from Russian sellers on eBay,over the last 10-11 years or so,but I
> had never been able to find any records,by DDT,or any Russian or
> Soviet rock.I have only now just looked at the Wikipedia entry on them
> ,and I see they have quite a discography.
> I would be very curious about other Soviet or Russian rock
> bands,especially from the 80s and 90s.Are there many others that
> recorded,say in the early 90s,after the fall of The Soviet
> Union,who are worth knowing about?The only other one I know
> about,is the lame metal band "Black Coffee".Are there any good
> books or web sites about this music?
> I know a little more about Russian record labels than I did when I
> posted my questions here in 2007.Pages like this
> were a big help.
> This got me wondering,when Antrop,which they do link to
> Melodiya,went out of business,as this site implies.
> AnTrop was named after the legendary Russian underground producer and
> sound engineer, Andrey Tropillo, who in 1990, on the wave of
> "perestroika," became the head of the St. Petersburg branch of
> Since there was much turmoil in Russia at the time, he made the St.
> Petersburg branch independent of central headquarters and started
> releasing a series of classic Rock albums. These releases were not
> legitimate. They started with releases by The Beatles, Jesus Christ -
> Superstar, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and eventually Pink Floyd.
> these records were released using Melodia
> facilities, but AnTrop was operating as an independent record
> label and
> was putting the Antrop logo and their own numbers and copyrights
> on the
> covers. However, since all the records were printed in Melodia
> owned and run facilities, AnTrop had to give its releases
> additional Melodia
> catalog numbers, which is why there are two catalog numbers on the
> releases. Antrop is the label that released most of the Pink Floyd
> albums in Russia. "P" in the AnTrop catalog numbers stands for Russian
> letter "P" (that looks like Greek "Pi"). AnTrop records were all
> in Aprelevka.
> Are there any labels left like this in Russia,that are quasi-
> independent from the Universals, EMIs,or Sony-BMG,or have they
> absorbed the whole market there too?
Timothy Wisniewski, M.L.I.S.
Visual Materials Archivist
Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives
Johns Hopkins University Medical Institutions
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Baltimore, MD 21209