March 7, 1981, the year in Leningrad the Allied home of amateur creativity (LMDST) on the famous address Rubinstein 13 took permission from the authorities, “the rock-seiche” normal for that time: four local rock band ( “The Russians,” “Myths “” Picnic “and” Mirror “), the enthusiastic spectators, who knew by heart all the lyrics, horrible sound of hastily assembled equipment, police squads and vigilantes, members of the Komsomol, the KGB and the representatives of the regional committee. The concert ended fraternization listeners and musicians riotous party. It is unlikely that someone of those present at the concert aware that this is not an ordinary seiche with booze, a turning point, a new page in the history of Soviet music, and in general of the Russian state. The significance of the Leningrad rock club stood out immediately, at the developing superpowers this amateur organization took several years.
Many young born later hero of the day, mistakenly believe the Leningrad rock club cradle of Russian rock, because to him were attributed the most popular Russian rock group “Aquarium”, “Alice”, “Cinema” and “DDT”. Rock appeared in Russia two decades before, and in Moscow, where the band first amateur bands imitated The Beatles had been prescribed. And the teams that were considered pioneers in the Leningrad rock – the same “Russians”, “Myths” and “St. Petersburg” – a decent place himself in a rock club, was not found. Historically LRC merit lies in the fact that he is not capable of folding to the existence of the System of musicians in antisystems helped freedom-loving ideas of rock ‘n’ roll virally spread across the vast territory of the USSR. In fact, the LRC played the role of forerunner of the Internet, despite the fact that the last thing this strange social organization, who lived at the same time and bureaucratic, and rave laws, resembled the Internet.
According to the recollections of many direct participants in the events, a man from the break into a rock club could not. In the hall at 13 Rubinstein was a few hundred seats, a good percentage of which have always been the same people: musicians and their immediate environment, administrators LRC and oversee their government representatives. Therefore the myths about what concerts rock club zahazhivali Valentina Matvienko and Dmitry Medvedev, are myths. But this Mythogenic, understandable banal lack of space, most likely, and worked on the Virus: magnitoalbomov Leningrad rock bands at a breakneck pace scattered around the country just because somewhere behind them loomed a rock club, unattainable as Shambhala
Leningrad rock club opened the doors to the general public only in 1986, after spending his fourth festival is not in the usual walls LMDST and more spacious urban area – in DC “Nevsky”. Ironically, to declare itself the new generation of musicians, proud members of the underground, helped Alla Pugacheva. General Secretary of Soviet music while sympathetic to separate St. Petersburg rock-heroes and, utilizing its resources, has contributed to the president LRC Nikolai Mikhailov put in the “Nevskij” sound system. The festival was two days, and on it a group-leaders rock club showed itself in all its glory, by giving all the energy accumulated during the years of stay in the underground. Ran onto the stage from the audience Konstantin Kinchev in red scarf impressed with his demonic plastics. First used by the scenery “Auction” – dramatized show. In the speech, “Aquarium”, whose members dressed in vest, the audience went wild, naturally going crazy. The audience for some reason did not take only the “Cinema”. The failure of one of the first public performance of “Change!” Greatly upset Viktor Tsoi.
However, the changes have followed. Also in 1986, Russian rock was found in the West: California enthusiast Joanna Stingray, deified Boris Grebenshchikov and fell on his first rock klubovskom concert Yuri Kasparian of the “Cinema”, smuggling was driven to the US recordings and published a collection of “Red Wave “which was staggering press. The songs “Aquarium”, “Cinema”, “Strange Games” and “Alice” was heard in the White House and the Kremlin. Mikhail Gorbachev gave the green light to the Soviet media, and about the heroes of St. Petersburg rock began to write not only to Der Spiegel and Rolling Stone. Country danced under the Leningrad rock-n-roll. From Kiev to Vladivostok began to open the rock-cell holding sample Leningrad model. In Russia, finally the long-awaited rock revolution – destroying the state monopoly on the music, the St. Petersburg rockers broke down the system and, in fact, have launched the process that led to the disintegration of the USSR. Rehearse the dismantling of the political system under the guise of harmless concerts and festivals, Leningrad rock club has fulfilled its purpose, which is not suspected of any one of its organizers, and quietly self-destructed in 1991. As a group, The Beatles, having existed for only a decade, LRC changed the course of history and plowed the fate of millions of people.