Bureau of Lost Culture: Songs of War and Peace – with Boris Grebenshikov (14/10/2023)
He is perhaps the biggest name in Russian rock music, famous as the leader of the band Aquarium throughout his homeland and ‘Outer Russia’ (as the huge and growing number of Russian emigres are called) but he is now listed as a “foreign agent”, basically an anti-patriot, a traitor, for criticising Russia’s war.
Aquarium were pioneers of the clandestine homegrown rock scene that was born in early ’70s USSR before emerging from the underground to become the pied pipers of perestroika, selling millions of albums (but usually getting paid nothing).
After a long and illustrious career, Boris Grebenshikov now lives in London and in response to the conflict has put together a compilation aiming to help children in Ukraine and for the friends and fans he has had to leave behind. The album features a star-studded ensemble including Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics, Jethro Tull, Marianne Faithful, Marc Almond, The Waterboys, Jackson Brown, Crowded House and many others.