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Member since: 8/20/2009 • Forum posts: 3510 • Last visit: 2/20/2023 11:23:53 AM 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:

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Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Jazz Rock/Fusion4483.50
2 RIO/Avant-Prog1433.72
3 Prog Related1003.26
4 Eclectic Prog843.57
5 Canterbury Scene793.49
6 Crossover Prog663.27
7 Symphonic Prog623.35
8 Psychedelic/Space Rock423.52
9 Progressive Metal403.10
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 Neo-Prog172.94
17 Progressive Electronic173.71
18 Proto-Prog123.75
19 Experimental/Post Metal92.89
20 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal73.71
21 Various Genres14.00
22 Indo-Prog/Raga Rock13.00

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