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Аквариум

Band
1972 July / Present
Russia Russia

Overview

Members

Борис Гребенщиков
1972 - Present, Present
Олег Шар
1997 December - Present
Олег Сакмаров
1989 September - 2002
Александр Титов
1983 - 1989, 1992 - 1996 January
Андрей Романов
1973 January - 1991

Discography

Studio Album

1981
Album has 6 releases
1981
Album has 7 releases
1982
Album has 5 releases
1983
Album has 5 releases
1984
Album has 5 releases
1985
Album has 4 releases
1986
Album has 4 releases
1988
Album has 4 releases
1997
Album has 2 releases
2002
Album has 2 releases
2003
Album has 2 releases
2005
Album has 1 releases
2008
Album has 1 releases
2011
Album has 1 releases

EP

2016
Album has 1 releases

Styles

History

Аквариум (Aquarium) is a Russian rock group, formed in Leningrad, Russia in 1972 by Борис Гребенщиков (Boris Grebenshchikov), then a student of Applied Mathematics at Leningrad State University, and Анатолий Гуницкий (Anatoly "George" Gunitsky), a playwright and absurdist poet.

In the 1970s and early 1980's, rock and roll was banned in the Soviet Union (exception was given only to a few government-approved artists), and Aquarium's usual concert venues were private apartments. These concerts were a unique Soviet phenomenon, created by underground musicians. They were usually "unplugged", as noise would cause the neighbors to alert the authorities. The limited space fostered an atmosphere of intimacy between the group and its audience, listening with bated breath, with perhaps someone recording it on a simple tape recorder. This was similar to the concepts of the Russian bards (russian bard), however Aquarium were (admittedly) much more influenced by Western music, particularly by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, progressive rock acts Jethro Tull, King Crimson and Roxy Music and also reggae. Thus their compositions were considerably more complex and their lyrics covered a broader range of topics, showing Grebenshchikov's notable erudition in Celtic and Indian cultures, among other things.

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