In a prolific career that has spanned almost four decades, BG (Boris Purushottama Grebenshikov) has continued to enchant his audiences with new sounds and a lyrical language that has earned him the affectionate title “Poet Laureate of Russia.”
Boris Grebenshchikov is one of the most prominent members of the generation which is widely considered the "founding fathers" of Russian rock music. Due as much to his personal contribution as to the undisputed and lasting success of his main effort, the band Aquarium (active since 1972 until today), he is a household name in Russia. Grebenshchikov is colloquially known as BG (Russian: БГ). He is often called as 'Grandfather of Russian Rock'.
His output has been rather prolific. Over the 30+ years of his career he wrote 500+ songs, most of which were recorded and/or performed publicly. At this point Aquarium has 21 albums in the official discography, approximately 12 "unofficial ones", and about as many live records. ( His 1997 album Lilith was recorded with his idol Dylan's former backup band, The Band).
Additionally, BG recorded cover albums on material from the two most prominent Russian-language songwriters (Alexander Vertinsky and Bulat Okudzhava, two albums of mantra music with Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors, and an album of electronica versions of Aquarium songs from late 1970s – early 1980s with the Russian duo Deadushki. Which left him time to be credited on records by big-in-Russia bands Nautilus Pompilius, Mashina Vremeni and Kino, as well as the UK acts Shakespears Sister and Kate St. John. This list is not exhaustive, just growing.
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