Grazdanskaya Oborona "Electric Orange"
Grazhdanskaya Oborona (Civil Defense): Electric Orange Concert Film
(dir. Natalya Chumakova 2009). This is an extremely rare opportunity
to see a full-length concert film featuring perhaps the most important
band ever to come out of Russian rock history. The film includes
concert footage from a November 19, 2011 sold-out show filmed in
Moscow. The band include Paul Peretolchina - drums; Alexander
Chesnakov - guitar, backing vocals; Egor Letov - voice, guitar;
Nataliya Chumakova - bass.
Yegor Letov led the ever-evolving underground Siberian cult punk rock
band, Grazhdanskaya Oborona (Civil Defense) from 1985 until his
untimely death in February 2008. In that time, he released at least 50
unique albums of original material and just as many recordings under
different guises and side-projects. Letov's songs were fueled with
bitterly passionate protest lyrics that are now considered
well-regarded poetry. Letov and GrOb (Russian for, 'coffin') enjoyed
both a huge underground following throughout the former USSR and
mainstream success well in to modern post-Soviet Russia. Letov's
legacy has spread far and wide to the West with his band's records
sought-after throughout the globe. In many circles, he is as revered
and as important as John Lydon (Sex Pistols/Public Image) and Mark E.
Smith (The Fall) and Arthur Lee (Love) and Velvet Underground-era Lou
Reed. It should be mentioned that all records produced prior to 1991
were recorded and released in secret and distributed through black
market channels. Most were released on reel to reel tape and later,
cassette. You can still see his lyrics scrawled on walls in the
poorest slums of Russia. His wife and bass player, Natalya Chumakova
continues to uphold his enduring legacy.
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