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Гражданская Оборона

Band, 1984-2008 RU, Omsk
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Grazhdanskaya Oborona formed in the Siberian city of Omsk by bandleader Yegor Letov. Over the long history of the group, Letov would go on to be its only constant member. Setting his group apart from other Russian groups of the period that were only nominally objectionable to the tenets of Communism, Letov branded Grazhdanskaya Oborona with the slogan "I will always be against." Grazhdanskaya Oborona are synonymous in Russia with self-destructive punk energy in the name of social dissidence. Grazhdanskaya Oborona started in 1982 as the group Posev (Sowing), which included founder Letov, who played drums and sang and who joined forces with bassist Konstantin Ryabinov. But because of the group's unapologetically defiant stance against the administration and aggressive music that condemned militarism and totalitarianism (some song titles included "I Hate the Red Color" and "Good Tsar, Familiar Stink"), it immediately became a target for the KGB. Letov was subsequently committed to a mental ward, and Ryabinov was sent to the Army. In 1984 Letov formed Grazhdanskaya Oborona and immediately began to write and record albums. He would often record all on his own, though he credited other musicians, who were really just pseudonyms. His style verged toward lo-fi, noisy punk rock, occasionally drawing inspiration from Russian folk tunes. His many albums were recorded with minimal technology in Letov's apartment or the apartments of friends and a changing cast of collaborators. He was so prolific, recording other groups as well, that his apartment came to be known as GrOb Studio, or GrOb Records. The albums recorded during this period were 1985's Nasty Youth (the first album ever composed by Letov) and Optimism; 1987's Necrophilia, Red Album, Totalitarianism, and It's Good; 1988's The Steel Was Tempered in Such a Way, Fighting Stimulus; and 1989's War, Fine and Forever, Armageddon-Pops, Russian Field of Experiments and the live record Songs of Joy and Happiness. During this period of heavy censorship and monitoring by the Soviet administration, GrOb's albums were copied many times and passed from one friend to the next. This system was named the magnitizdat network after the illegal samizdat self-publication and distribution of the literature of dissident authors throughout the Soviet Union. The group occasionally performed at small amateur venues and played a few rock festivals, which on one notable occasion ended with the electricity being cut off by KGB officials in the audience. In 1987 Letov formed the band Veliki Oktyabrya (Great Octobers) with Yanka Dyagileva, who would become his common-law wife. They traveled the country, playing songs and evading the KGB. They recorded three albums rooted in folk music: No Permission in 1987, and Go Home and Angedonia in 1989. He started working on the conceptual project Kommunizm (Communism), where kitschy Soviet art and Stalinist poetry were accompanied by Letov's dissimilar compositions. GrOb's sound mainly consists of either distorted electric or acoustic guitars, simple bass lines, rudimentary percussion and Letov's deeply impassioned voice. Letov's music experimented with lo-fi and noise. During the late 80's they also started occasionally implementing harsh industrial sounds in the background of the music. His lyrics became more irrational, and Letov began releasing recordings of his solo performances. He was incredibly prolific, releasing more than 30 albums under the name Grazhdanskaya Oborona. Yegor Letov died on 19 February 2008 from heart respiratory standstill in sleep at his home in Omsk. He was 43 years old.

     
Discography


Title Artist Year Type
Live In San FranciscoГражданская Оборона2019Album
Песни в ПустотуГражданская Оборона2018Album
Psychedelia TodayАлександр Рожков И Гражданская Оборона2017Album
Лечебница / Выступление На I Новосибирском Рок-ФестивалеАдольф Гитлер / Гражданская Оборона2016Album
Тверь 2002Гражданская Оборона2016Album
Звёзды Русского РокаЛенинград + Гражданская Оборона2015Album
Здорово И Вечно. Документальный Фильм О "Гражданской Обороне" И Егоре ЛетовеГражданская Оборона2015Album
Лучшие ПесниГражданская Оборона2013Compil.
Электрический ПёсГражданская Оборона2012Single
MP3 КоллекцияГражданская Оборона2012Album
Музыкальная Коллекция. Все Хиты В Формате MP3Гражданская Оборона2012Compil.
Апельсин. ЭлектричествоГражданская Оборона2010Album
Лучшие ПесниГражданская Оборона2009Compil.
Легенды РокаГражданская Оборона2009Album
Часть 1Гражданская Оборона2009Compil.
Империя ЗвездГражданская Оборона2009Album
Часть 2Гражданская Оборона2009Compil.
MP3 Коллекция. Диск 2Гражданская Оборона2009Compil.
MP3 CollectionГражданская Оборона2009Compil.
Лучшее На Mp3 - Коллекция Легендарных ПесенГражданская Оборона2008Compil.
"Зачем Снятся Сны" Концерт В Б1 26.05.07Гражданская Оборона2007Album
MP3 Коллекция Диск 4Гражданская Оборона2007Compil.
Зачем Снятся СныГражданская Оборона2007Album
Live! Выступление В Клубе Рок-СитиГражданская Оборона2007Album
XX Лет - Концерт В ДК Горбунова 13.11.2004Гражданская Оборона2006Album
ИзбранноеЕгор Летов И Гражданская Оборона2006Compil.
Русские ЗвездыГражданская Оборона2005Compil.
Сносная Тяжесть НебытияГражданская Оборона2005Album
Лунный ПереворотГражданская Оборона2005Album
Русский РокГражданская Оборона2005Compil.
РеанимацияГражданская Оборона2005Album
Рок ЭнциклопедияГражданская Оборона2004Compil.
Всё Идёт По Плану 2005Гражданская Оборона2004Album
Долгая Счастливая ЖизньГражданская Оборона2004Album
ПосевГражданская Оборона2003Album
Всё Идет По ПлануГражданская Оборона2003Album
Музыкальная Коллекция MP3Гражданская Оборона2003Compil.
Большая Энциклопедия Российского РокаГражданская Оборона2003Compil.
ПолигонЕгор Летов И Гражданская Оборона2003Album
ЗвездопадГражданская Оборона2002Album
Гражданская Оборона. Диск 1Гражданская Оборона2002Album
На дальней станции сойдуГражданская Оборона2002Compil.
Гражданская Оборона. Диск 2Гражданская Оборона2002Album
Золотая Коллекция Российской ЭстрадыГражданская Оборона2002Compil.
Свобода = FreedomГражданская Оборона2002Album
Инструкция По ВыживаниюГражданская Оборона2002Album
Звездная СерияГражданская Оборона2002Compil.
Гражданская ОборонаГражданская Оборона2002Compil.
Солдатский СонГражданская Оборона2002Compil.
Поезд УшёлГражданская Оборона2002Album
ЛучшееГражданская Оборона2001Album
Боевой СтимулГражданская Оборона2001Album
MP3 Коллекция Диск 2Гражданская Оборона2001Compil.
Здорово И ВечноГражданская Оборона2001Album
Песни Радости И СчастьяГражданская Оборона2001Album
Армагеддон-ПопсГражданская Оборона2001Album
Русское Поле ЭкспериментовГражданская Оборона2001Album
ТошнотаГражданская Оборона2001Album
MP3 Коллекция Диск 1Гражданская Оборона2001Compil.
Легенды Русского РокаГражданская Оборона2001Compil.
Свет И СтульяГражданская Оборона2001Album
ВойнаГражданская Оборона2001Album
MP3 Коллекция Диск 3Гражданская Оборона2001Compil.
ВойнаГражданская Оборона1994Compil.
Русское Поле ЭкспериментовГражданская Оборона1994Compil.
Всё Идёт По ПлануГражданская Оборона1992Compil.
ПопсГражданская Оборона1992Compil.
MP3 CollectionГражданская ОборонаCompil.
MP3 CollectionГражданская ОборонаAlbum
"Реанимация" Лужники - 27 мая 205 года / Концерт В Набережных Челнах 30.04.1998Гражданская Оборона / Сектор ГазаAlbum
Гражданская ОборонаГражданская ОборонаCompil.
Золотые ХитыГражданская ОборонаCompil.
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