Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Yanka i Velikiye Oktyabri

Velikiye Oktyabri means Mighty Octobers and hint at the so called Mighty Socialistic October Revolution in 1917.
Yanka Dyagileva (1966-1991)was a great female punkrocker and one of the brightest figures of the Russian underground music scene of the late 1980s. During her studies at the Novosibirsk Water Transportation Engineering Institute she started performing her songs for general public. In April 1987 she fall in love with Yegor Letov (from Grazhdanskaya Oborona) and stay with him for a year and a half. During this period from 1987 to 1988 Yanka wrote most of her songs.
My recordings are from June 1988 and with Yegor and Djeff from GO on Bass and Guitar.
Yanka recorded lots of songs, but there was no officially releases in her lifetime.
In the evening of May 9, 1991 Yanka left her summer cottage near Novosibirsk and never came back. A fisherman found her body in the river, early in the morning on May 17. The investigation never established whether it was an accident or a suicide...
Here is a russian site about Yanka (find the chapter with the word "mp3" and you can listen to all her stuff and watch some videos) :

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