Bashlachev was born in Cherepovets, Russia on May 27, 1960, to Nikolai Bashlachev and Nellie Bashlacheva. Nikolai, born in 1936, worked in a thermal power plant whereas Nellie was a chemistry teacher.
In 1977, Alexander graduated from Cherepovets High School and then spent a year working at the Cherepovets Steel Mill. In 1978, Bashlachev resigned and began to attend Ural State University (in Sverdlovsk) to study Journalism.
Bashlachev’s first-known song appeared in 1983, titled “Griboyedov Waltz”. Throughout this period, Bashlachev continued to write and create music. Later, in 1983, Bashlachev graduated from the Ural State University. He returned to Cherepovets, where he worked for a year with a newspaper named “The Communist”. There, he wrote articles about the power plant, and, later, about cafes.
In May 1984, Bashlachev visited the St. Petersburg rock festival, where he bought a guitar. In September of that year, at the apartment of his friend, Leonid Parfenov, he performed some of his songs. He played several house concerts over the years in apartments in Lengingrad. These house concerts were called “kvartirniks”. It is worth noting that, at this point in Russian history, rock music was under extreme censorship. To get around this, artists played for small audiences (usually numbering in the single digits) at homes of friends. These small gatherings were called “kvartirniks”. In the fall of 1984 Bashlachev met Artem Troitsky. Troitsky invited Bashlachev to relocate to Moscow to write poetry and compose music.
In March of 1985, Bashlachev appeared at a festival in Leningrad along with Yuri Shevchuk. The two played to an audience of six at the Leningrad Veterinary Institute. A recording of this concert was released under the title of “Kochegarka”. Bashlachev then settled in Leningrad, joined a rock club, and began to work in a boiler. Bashlachev received significant acclaim for his performance at the Leningrad rock festival of 1987.
Shortly before his death, Bashlachev was struck by writer’s block, rarely writing new songs and attempting to avoid performing old ones. His last-known song was titled “Cherry” and was written in 1986.
Bashlachev died on February 17, 1988, after falling from the window of the ninth floor of his home on Kuznetsova Avenue in Leningrad. The most plausible version of his death is suicide, but there is uncertainty in that claim. He was buried in Leningrad at the Kovalevskoye Cemetery.
Bashlachev’s son, Egor, was born after his death
Edited by InverseOutverse on 28 Jun 2010, 22:36
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