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Yanka Dyagileva in Zelenograd. September 1, 1990
|Birth name||Yana Stanislavovna Dyagileva|
4 September 1966|
|Died||c. 9 May 1991(aged 24)|
|Genres||singer-songwriter, folk rock, post-punk, noise rock, underground|
|Instruments||Singing, guitar, bass guitar, glockenspiel|
|Associated acts||Grazhdanskaya Oborona
Velikiye Oktyabri etc.
Yana "Yanka" Stanislavovna Dyagileva (Russian: Янка Станиславовна Дягилева; 4 September 1966 – c. 9 May 1991) was a Russian poet and singer-songwriter and one of the most popular figures of her time in Russia's underground punk scene. She both played solo and performed with others, including Egor Letov and rock bands Grazhdanskaya Oborona ("Civil Defense") and Velikiye Oktyabri ("Great Octobers"). Dyagileva was greatly influenced by Alexander Bashlachev and Igor "Egor" Letov, who were her friends. Her songs explored themes of desperation and depression, punk-style nihilism and folk-like lamentations.
Yana Dyagileva was born on September 4, 1966 in Novosibirsk to Stanislav Dyagilev and Galina Dyagileva, both engineers. She attended public school and studied piano for a year at a music school. This sparked her interest in the guitar. While still at school, Yana began to compose poems and songs, and to perform some of her compositions. She went to college to study engineering, but dropped out in her sophomore year.
In 1987, Yana met Egor Letov and joined his band Grazhdanskaya Oborona. They toured and performed together until 1990. On May 9, 1991, Yana disappeared from her countryside home, where she lived with her family. On May 17, she was found dead in the Inya River, far away from the place where she had disappeared. It was generally believed that she committed suicide after a long bout with depression. However, there was no formal finding of suicide and the official point of view was that she accidentally drowned. There were also rumors that Yanka had been killed, as it was reported that there had been no water in her lungs and her skull had been fractured. There was no formal investigation made into this allegation.
After her death, Yana and her music became better known to the general public in Russia.
1988 - Ne polozheno! (Not allowed!)
1988 - Deklassirovannim elementam (To the declassed elements)
1988 - Live in Kurgan
1989 - Prodano! (Sold!)
1989 - Krasnogvardeyskaya (Live in Moscow)
Named after the Moscow Metro station. A.k.a. "Akustika".
1989 - Live in Kharkov, Ukraine
1989 - Domoy! (Going home!)
1989 - Anhedonia
1990 - Yanka & Grazhdanskaya Oborona live in MEI
1991 - Styd i Sram (Shame and Reproach)
There are two variants of this album, one containing four acoustic songs. The other is a compilation and remastering done by Letov; the compilation contains seven songs, most non-acoustic.
2009 - Anhedoniya (remastered)
Also there are some self-made recordings.
- Tribute web site
- Yanka Dyagileva discography at MusicBrainz
- Yanka, Messenger of Russian Anguish (Biography)
- Life of Yanka
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