The Original Rock Star! 🤘🏽🤘🏽 Meet Vladimir Rekshan, one of the earliest rock musicians in Russia. He has been in the Russian rock scene since 1969. For many years under the Soviet Union, pop and rock music were forced to be an underground scene. Only with the fall of communism, rock music could finally lose its underground status and become mainstream.
Vladimir runs a Rock museum on Puskinskaya 10 in St. Petersburg. The museum is run with passion and survives entirely on donations. As Vladimir likes to say, “I am only a small part of the journey. In the future someone else may continue this path. The goal is not important, the important thing is to keep moving.” Hopefully, someone will take over the reigns and keep this amazing place running.
Small museums like these are what carry the soul of the people. This place is a must visit for anyone interested in Rock music, history, and art.
Photos by order:
1. An intimate portrait of Vladimir. Writer, artist, and rock singer.
2. Vladimir singing at a concert in 1988.
3. Caricatures drawn by his friend showing the band and other important times in the Russian rock scene.
4. Rekshan with one of the earliest Russian made bass guitars.
5. Rekshan going through some old artwork with one of the patrons.
6. Reminiscing about the times when they were forced to be underground.
7. Punk is not dead. One of the original punk stars of Russia. Alexander Pushkin.
Photos taken with the Panasonic Lumix G85 and Lumix 25mm f/1.7 lens.
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