Aleksandr Galich

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(4172) Galich, Aleksandr (1918-1977). “Different Poems”

Original typescript, 1st copy. 30cm. 30 looseleaf sheets, typewritten recto only with selected poems. Samizdat dated 1980

“Ballada o pribavochnoi stoimosti”
“Staratel’skii val’sok”
“Ave Maria”
“Pesnia pro maiora Chistova”
“Zakon prirody” (The Laws of Nature)
“Ukhodiat druz’ia” (Friends Leave)
and the famous “Poezd. Pamiati Solomona Mikhoelsa” (“The Train. to the memory of Solomon Mikhoels”).

During the 1940’s and 1950’s Galich wrote several screenplays and theatre plays. At the end of the 1950’s he began composing songs and accompanying himself on the guitar. Basing himself on the romantic tradition of A. Vertinskii, Galich became one of the most important representatives of the Russian singer-songwriter as auteur, alongside Vysotskii and Okudzhava in a genre that would be further developed by “the bards” and which with the appearance of the reel-to-reel magnetophone would enjoy great popularity.
The first songs that would appear by Galich were quite politically innocent but still break from the officially endorsed Soviet aesthetic. The songs would get increasingly politically caustic and led to open conflict with the authorities. Galich was forbidden to give public concerts, be published or record and eventually overtly denied any professional activity leading to small badly paid house concerts in private apartments. His recordings were distributed from hand to hand and confiscated upon discovery usually carried out by searches. In spite of the severe adversity he faced Galich’s popularity soared.
A concert in Akademgorodok in 1968 and the publication of a book of his songs at “Posev” in Frankfurt a year later earmarked him for exclusion of any worker’s union of which he was a member. The press hounds him and none of his literary output is allowed to be published. Galich survived his third heart attack and in 1974 is obliged to emigrate. On direct orders of the Glavlit in co-operation with the Central Committee of the Communist Party, in October of the same year any work by Galich was retro-actively banned in the USSR and anyone found in possession of a samizdat with any trace of his work was prosecuted. In 1975 a directive from the KGB signed by Yuri Andropov confirmed that the possession or distribution of Galich’s works were considered as being crimes against the State.

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(5068) [A. Ginzburg] Galich, Aleksandr.

Original typescript, 2nd copy. 48 pages. From the same provenance as the poem “In Memory of Pasternak”. 28,9cm x 20,4cm. Looseleaf sheets bound in a contemporaneous card sleeve. Samizdat dated 1968 and typed on a different machine than the Pasternak poem.

“Choice of poems” including:
“Kadesh” 1970
“Poi, truba” (Ballada o Vechnom Ogne) (Ballad on the Eternal Fire) 1968
from the cycle “Raznotsvetnyie Pesni” (Multi-coloured Songs).
“Ballada o Potapovoi” (Ballad on Potapova; based on an existing person who was fiercely critical of anything Galich put his name to.)
Poems dedicated to the memory of Mikhoels, Akhmatova, Pasternak, Frida Vigdorova (on the Brodskii trial), Blok, Kharms, Zoshchenko…
“Gorestnaia Oda, Posviashchennaia Schastlivomu Cheloveku” (Sad ode, dedicated to the happy man) –
“dedicated to P.Grigorenko, General-Lieutenant of the Soviet Army who at the time had found himself in the care of the psychiatric hospital of the Minister for the Interior in the town of Orel.

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(5211) Galich, Aleksandr.

“Kogda ia Vernus” (“When I Come Back”)
Polnoie Sobraniie Stikhov i Pesen (Complete Collection of Poetry and Songs)
in two volumes: 290 pages & 140 pages

Original Typescript, 1st copy. Printed recto only. 21cm. Amateur grey hardbound binding. Samizdat dated circa 1985.

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