Stuffography Books

Buy Songs and 14... put Songs on your fancy home bible stand (in front of your lingham shrine and polishing post) and carry 14 with you to thump & wave as you rant & rave in the rynok. Anything else is just between you and your sickness.

1987
Medium

"True story" may be taking it a tad far, but this is a must-have for the non-Russian fan of Russian rock. Artem Troitsky's story of the glory days, when Akvarium was obscene and every rock concert was a youth talent show, is full of wonderful first-hand stories…if you don't mind hearing waaay too much about Troitsky's role, Troitsky's opinions, and all things Troitsky.

1993
Medium

14

Paperback from "Experience" press, this is the proselytizer's little helper. Take it with you when you march out to the market to harrangue The Masses. It has many flaws, among them its lack of an index-by-title and the fact that it ends with Russian Album. Despite these shortcomings, no Akvarium fanatic should be without this book. It has pictures of the album covers, weighs less than B.G.: Songs, and it has an indestructible binding.

1993
Medium

Collection: 1972-1992 is the essential companion piece to 14—Lyolya Sagareva edited both.

It's cover is basically the cover of the White Album in rectagular format. The "Collection" is a vast assemblage (unfortunately printed on cheap paper, and badly bound) of exclusive inside interviews, photographs, reviews, samizdat pieces, you name it, lovingly collected and ordered chronologically by a long-time Akvarium freak and assembled with the complete cooperation of the entire group. Sagareva pulls it all together with enlightening essays by herself and others (I excerpted one in my Radio London review).
All in all a fine and—dare I say it—absolutely essential collection.

1995
Missing
Thomas Cushman's academic study of Russia's rock counterculture.
1997
Missing
Hardback from ЛЕАН. Boris's other writings, reproductions of his paintings (???!!!) and some dandy photos from way-back-when. True believers only need apply. Originally (and perhaps exclusively) sold as part of a "set" with B.G. Songs.
1997
Missing
Oversized hardback photo album from "Leon." Groovy photos...if it didn't exist, it would be on our wish list.
1997
Missing
Paperback from "ЛЕАН." Songs with chords; a must for all would-be Borii. The fine selection of photos proves the folks at ЛЕАН know what they're doing: Boris as contemplative but aging rocker, young Boris doing the "Hey, I'm a Buddhist…bless you" bit, a "This is not meant for teeny-boppers" pull-out poster in the middle, Boris as savvy genius at keyboard on the inside back cover and contemplating his guitar on the back. Yes, those ЛЕАН folks are hyper-aware. (For a more complete selection of songs—with better chords—see the Planet Akvarium web site.)
1997
Missing
A 60-page treatise on the making of Lilith. Even if you think Lilith is kind of "ehh," how can you go wrong a 25 rubles? It's actually a nice piece of work, and the Bodhisattvi would like to see similar treatises for all Akvarium-related projects.
1997
Medium

Hardback from ЛЕАН. Very nice looking. Comes with a fold-it-yourself cover featuring older, dignified Boris, a good table of contents by album or by song, and Boris's notes about every album through Snow Lion.

1999
Medium

Alexsander Kushner's coffeetable-sized tome describes 100 early Soviet Underground Rock albums recorded/released between 1977 and 1991 on reel-to-reel tape. "Magnitoalbumy" are the "bobina" of Bodhisattva Lore: lingham/yoni enhancements to anyone who finds any one of these albums that hasn't yet been re-released on CD! (Ownership of Original Akvarium bobina, by the same token, qualifies you for the HOV lane to nirvana).

1999
Medium

Ilya Smirnov's full-length, carefully footnoted biography of BG (cum history of Akvarium, natch), evidently written with our favorite dilettante's tacit approval and cooperation.

2000
Missing
Curmudgeonly Gakkel's quintessentially curmudgeonly memoirs. Vakulik, Vladivostok Media-meister Extraordinaire (who has forgotten more about Russkii Rok than the rest of the Bodhisattvas will ever know) swears that the book is "brilliant." Vidimka begs to differ: All Vsevolod does in his memoirs is tell us that Aquarium sucked almost from its beginning. My advice—better don't read it.
2001
Medium

Musings by and about the late, much lamented Dyusha Romanov.

2001
Missing
There is nothing we are afraid to ask, so we believe this book should be blank.
2001
Medium

The most complete compilation of BG/Akvarium song texts to date, but, except for including songs written during the last four years, it's far inferior to the 1997 ËÅÀÍ Press publication B.G. Songs. It does, however, have the signal and indisputable advantage over Songs of being both in print and readily available by mail-order.

2003
Missing
New, Grebenschikov-vetted history of Akvarium. The gurus haven't seen a copy yet.
2005
Missing
Learn new academic buzzwords! Test your cultural studies expertise! Look at the pretty graphs and count them like sheep! Yes, this is an academic book. No, it's not the definitive, Bodhisattva-oriented book on our favorite years of Russian rock. But if you take it on its own terms, you'll may find that beneath every argument addressing an issue you didn't know existed lies a rich, primal pool of the pure oil of obsessive love.