Yuri Shevchuk

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Yuri Shevchuk
Юрий Шевчук в СПбДА. 22 ноября 2012 (2).jpg
Yuri Shevchuk in Saint Petersburg Theological Academy, 2012.
Background information
Birth nameYuri Yulianovich Shevchuk
Born (1957-05-16) 16 May 1957 (age 61)
Yagodnoye, Magadan Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
GenresRock, outsider music, jazz
InstrumentsAcoustic Guitar
Associated actsDDT
Yuri Shevchuk's signature

Yuri Yulianovich Shevchuk (Russian: Ю́рий Юлиа́нович Шевчу́к; born 16 May 1957, Yagodnoye, Magadan Oblast) is a Soviet and Russian rock musician and singer/songwriter who leads the rock band DDT, which he founded with Vladimir Sigachev in 1980.


Shevchuk was born in Yagodnoye in Magadan Oblast and raised in Ufa, Bashkir ASSR, though he now resides in St. Petersburg, Russia. Shevchuk was an art teacher before founding DDT. He is best known for his distinctive gravelly voice. His lyrics detail aspects of Russian life with a wry, humanistic sense of humor. He is also very famous for openly opposing pop music. He is often accredited with being the greatest songwriter in present-day Russia.

In January 1995, during First Chechen War, Shevchuk went on a peace mission to Chechnya, where he performed 50 concerts for both Russian troops and Chechen citizens alike.[1]

In 1999, Shevchuk visited Yugoslavia with concerts in protection of its integrity, sharply criticized USA for bombing of the sovereign state and shot some reports about destroyed Orthodox churches in the Serbian region of Kosovo for UNESCO.[1]

In the 2000s, Shevchuk was highly critical of what he considered the undemocratic nature of Vladimir Putin's Russia (see: Putinism), and was one of the only public celebrities who aired oppositionist grievances face-to-face with Putin during a now-famous sit-down with cultural figures. On 3 March 2008 he participated in a Dissenters March in Saint Petersburg against the president elections where no real opposition candidates were allowed to run.[2] One of his controversial songs, "Kogda zakonchitsya neft", has the lyrics "When the oil runs dry, our president will die".[3]

On 24 and 26 September 2008, he organized two peace concerts in Moscow and Saint Petersburg as a protest to the Russian–Georgian war. The name of the concert "Don't Shoot" was taken from his song "Ne Strelyai" that he had written in 1980 as a response to the Soviet–Afghan War. Together with his band DDT he performed with Georgian jazz singer Nino Katamadze, Ossetian band "Iriston" and Ukrainian band Bratya Karamazovy. Parts of the profits from the concerts were given to those who had suffered from the war, both Ossetians and Georgians.[4]

On 25 August 2010, Shevchuk performed the Bob Dylan song "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" together with U2 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, the band's first ever concert in Russia.[5]

On 4 January 2011, Shevchuk was featured on the U.S. NPR Morning Edition radio program.[6]

On 18 June 2014, during a concert at Green Theatre (Moscow), Yury Shevchuk declared that all revenue from a concert will be contributed to "Dr. Lisa" fund as a help for injured citizens of Donbass.[7]

Shevchuk singing on opposition meeting.

Solo discography (without DDT)[edit]

This list shows the year – "original album title" (Russian or French), [ an English translation ], and an annotation, if any, in parentheses.

  • 1983 – "Череповецкий магнитоальбом" [ Cherepovets magnitoalbom ]
  • 1995 – "Кочегарка" [ Kochegarka ] (post 1985)
  • 1998 – "82 г." [ '82 ] (post 1982)
  • 2001 – "Два концерта. Акустика" [ Two concerts. Acoustics ] (post 1997)
  • 2005 – "Москва. Жара" [ Moscow. Heat ] (post 1985)
  • 2007 – "Прекрасная любовь" [ Beautiful Love ]
  • 2008 – "L'Echoppe" [ The Stall ]
  • 2009 – "Сольник" [ Solo ] (a collection of poems, published by Novaya Gazeta)


  1. ^ a b "Личность - Юрий Шевчук. - Город.томск.ру". Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Би-би-си - Россия - Юрий Шевчук: "Эти выборы мне не оставили выбора"". Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  3. ^ Bratersky, Alexander (2009-08-28). "Shevchuk Sings for the Preservation of Moscow". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 2009-08-29.
  4. ^ Timasheva, Marina (2008-09-24). ""Не стреляй!" Музыканты требуют мира". Svobodanews.ru. Retrieved 2008-09-27.
  5. ^ "U2 Leader Bono Sings Duet with DDT Frontman Yury Shevchuk at Moscow Concert :: Russia-InfoCentre". Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Yuri Shevchuk: Russia's Musical Advocate For Democracy". NPR. 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2011-01-04.
  7. ^ "Группа «ДДТ» отказалась от «Осени» и перевела средства от концерта жителям Донецкой области". 19 June 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2017.

External links[edit]

Interview with Yuri Shevchuk in: OLENA CHEKAN – The Quest for a Free Ukraine - Bohdan Rodyuk Chekan (Ed.), DER KONTERFEI 015, Paperback, English, 96 pages, 2015, ISBN 978-3-903043-04-6