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Member since: 8/20/2009 • Forum posts: 3482 • Last visit: 8/30/2014 3:55:54 PM EST
Location: Vilnius,LT,EU

Progressive Biography

I was born in a beautiful sixties (because of my age I for sure didn't know how beautiful they were) in small Northern European country occupied by Soviet Russians. It was isolated world, world of grey clothes, grey faces, grey minds. No troubles and no future. Life on the Planet Boredom.

My first contact with music happened in my early teens, when my parents found me a music teacher. I spent almost two years learning to play acordeon, but wasn't interested in music at all. I was interested in fishing.

Few years later I got my first Stereo for birthday and was absolutely hypnotized. Not by music, but by stereo sound. I listened all possible vinyl's just to listen that sound! It wasn't a big choice of LP's all around. My parents were not musical family at all, so I listened to some old vinyl from my grandma's collection (!) and started just to by LP's.

Just to imagine, nothing was normal in the world around me. All cultural life was under strict control of KGB, so both two (!) music shops in country's capital was mainly full of classic music. Small section under the name "ESTRADA" was almost empty. Few folk soviet remakes, some soviet pop-songs. So, almost every LP buyer was at the same time LP collector: there was possible only to buy one-two LP monthly (not because you loved them, but because it was only possible new pop LP produced). So, my few first purchases was domestic pop and pop-jazz records. Again, I still was more interested in sound, than in music itself!

Whenever rock music was absolutely banned in SU at that period ( as agent of capitalism ideology and arms of socialism destruction), it was no rock music in any official places of all Empire: no records, no radio, no on TV, no live shows. No even topics in magazines or papers. Rock music virtually didn't existed in world of mature socialism.

So, my first contact with rock music happened when I bought a tape recorder ( for my savings). As in all other life spheres, there existed two worlds in SU: official and real (it is underground). So very soon I discovered, that real music is distributed by illegal tapes. I became tapes collector and it is my real inauguration to music fan.

Started with ABBA songs, I found Sweet, Slade and Creedence very soon. Again, it wasn't a real market, everyone collected everything you could get, and the possibilities weren't wide at all. My first prog record was ELO album ( on tape) from late seventies. Then I became a hard rock fun.

Whenever all music was distributed by illegal tapes only, no-one never saw the LP's cover art! This theme just didn't exist! In my last months of high school I discovered where from original sources of these tapes are coming: seamen! Very rare category of soviet people has a regular possibility to cross the border - seamen. Returning back, they bring all possible contraband from Western world, and LP's were a part of it. So, somewhere about 1980 I saw my first real LP album (even few of them-it was Styx "Cornerstone", Rod Stewart "Blondes Have More Fans" and Bee Gees "Tragedy"). I was in love with that world of music and real LP's with real covers!

When in University, my musical life progressed fast. Every weekend I spent in University campus parties (so named disco parties), where I for the first time discovered The Stranglers, The Squeeze and Gary Numan. That was very alternative place - alternative to soviet reality and official soviet "public culture".

During my Master studies I found one more great thing: in one of city parks ( in suburbs) existed underground "club" of rock fans and LP collectors! From that moment I spent hundreds (!) of weekends there just buying, selling or changing contraband LP's! My first original purchase was The Clash debut album. I was in love with punk, not only because of music, but because of aesthetic! Whenever all possible LP's on the market was heavy contraband, they had fantastic prices. Usual price of almost new second hand LP was around monthly salary of my mother! So, it was expensive hobby!

Again, market wasn't wide at all - you had the possibility to choose from few hundred LP's only. At that time KGB prepared long lists of LP's ,banned for private import at any circumstances ( Black Sabbath was banned because of Satan propaganda, Boney M "Rasputin" song - because of critics of Russian culture and history, etc, etc). But in few years I build my first LP collection, mostly post-punk and some new wave.

When "Perestroika" was started, life became a bit easier. Because of border with Poland, many people get possibility just to go abroad for the first time in their life to visit relatives there (no tourism for sure - banned), and all of them returned from these trips with contraband. So, many LP's came from Polish market. My collection grew up.


After Lithuania ( first of Russia occupied countries) proclaimed independency, russian tanks came to the streets of Vilnius. We survived that, as well as two years economic and energetic blockade. But it wasn't a best time for music, believe me.

First Western band I ever saw was Scottish Nazareth ( I still like them),second one - "Wishbone Ash". Slowly, we returned back to our European history. I was married, made some career, never forgot my music, but was a bit far from that. Divorced.

I returned back to music ( at least-more closely) in late nineties. Still from my student years I loved jazz concerts, but never jazz recordings. So, I returned to heavy metal recordings and jazz concerts, and started to re-new my collection, on CD's that time. At very beginning of new Millennium I got a good contract and left home country. Lived and worked in Austria, then in Scotland, The Netherlands, England. Everywhere listened music, and my collection grew up. After some years of Western Europe and UK life, I just left everything and stayed in after-war Bosnia. Because of my work, travelled a lot around Central and Southern Europe. Started "to collect" live shows in different places. I listened to Ian Anderson in Wiener Konzerthaus, The Alan Parson's Project in Piazza Unite in Triest, Toto in Budapest, Skin in Tarvisio, Italian Alpes .Loved different music, but mostly jazz,jazz-rock,blues,world,blues-rock,prog rock.

In 2006 I returned back to my home country. Cultural life is very hot here, especially in jazz/avant society. Almost every week we have good concerts not too far from place I am living, so I am happy to live with my music again. I am active member of local jazz/free jazz/avant society. Still collecting CD's ( for a moment have 1000+ in my collection).My main interest in music is jazz, jazz fusion, avantgarde music, progressive rock, blues, sometimes classic.

On PA participated/participate as Post-Rock,Jazz-Rock and Avant/RIO teams member.

List of bands bios, prepared by me at PA:

http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2087
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5109
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5095
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5019
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2111
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2170
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=1988
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5023
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=1662
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2223
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2313
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2221
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2409
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5132
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5161
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5151
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5160
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5162
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5158
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5166
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5174
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5192
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5197
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5240
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5243
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5256
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5287
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5293
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5328
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=1242
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2335
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5397
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5421
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5438
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5439
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5447
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5452
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5492
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5498
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5500
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5505
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5516
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5517
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5524
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5526
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5533
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5537
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5538
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5543
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5545
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5552
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5570
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5573
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5574
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5581
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5584
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5600
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5601
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5605
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5612
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5616
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5625
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5647
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5650
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5652
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5654
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5659
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5662
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5671
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5676
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5686
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5688
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5691
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5696
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5697
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5702
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5699
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5708
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5725
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5728
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5745
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5751
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5761
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5765
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5812
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5840
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5863
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5866
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5890
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5891
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5912
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5928
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5936
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=6009
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=6032
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=6037
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=6040
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=6042
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=6045
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=6047
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=6057
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=6093
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=6098
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=6099
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=6105
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=6106
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=6108
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=6148
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=6244

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2 RIO/Avant-Prog1413.72
3 Prog Related1033.27
4 Eclectic Prog823.54
5 Canterbury Scene783.50
6 Symphonic Prog633.33
7 Crossover Prog623.24
8 Psychedelic/Space Rock413.51
9 Progressive Metal393.08
10 Post Rock/Math rock393.15
11 Heavy Prog283.61
12 Krautrock253.68
13 Prog Folk222.91
14 Rock Progressivo Italiano203.65
15 Zeuhl193.63
16 Progressive Electronic173.71
17 Neo-Prog162.88
18 Proto-Prog123.75
19 Experimental/Post Metal113.27
20 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal73.71
21 Indo-Prog/Raga Rock13.00
22 Various Genres14.00

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