A LEGEND FROM PODUENE
the Patch (Vasil Georgiev) opened his eyes upon the light
of this world in 1959. His sign of the zodiac is Gemini. The
first instrument he learned to play on the benches in parks
was the guitar. But drums were his love. In 1975 when he was
a schoolboy he played in his first group, called Stars. Their
base drum was a tin of paint and their tom-tom drum was an
empty pot. In 1977 Vasko finished the Autotransport Technical
he left the army he worked as a car mechanic of taxis at day
time and in the evening he played drums in pubs. He wanted
to save money to go abroad to buy "cool" drums.
He played with the Universe trio in Norway for five months
and in Denmark for a month, where he got to know blues was
the kind of music he loved. One of the reasons was the hippie
commune Christiania. He bought the drums he had been dreaming
of - "Tama". He came back to Bulgaria to play rock
and that was the beginning of... great "hunger".
Recording studios were almost inaccessible. (Except for the
people from the music mafia - this unbreakable wall - who
got big money from authorship.) He played in different groups.
When he was with Airo band, they made a small record. And
then one of his dreams came true - he started to work with
Parallel 42 rock group.
was a long way to go before he could form a blues band because singing
social songs was not allowed by the music commissions. And blues
is the music of the poor and the underprivileged. Songs express
social protest and striving for freedom. This proves that there
is humanity even in greatest misery.
In 1986 Vasko had the chance to start work with Start and Mimi Ivanova.
Their "boss" Razvigor Popov let them perform freely on
concerts. They toured the country. That was an opportunity to get
to know the audience and the branch.
When wind of change started to blow from the north and people began
to found different organisations, Vasko made up his mind to make
an "informal group" to play the music he loved. So Poduene
Blues Band's date of birth is September 1989.
Here are some things Vasko's friends from the band said about him:
Vladimir Stoyanov (harmonica): "We've grown
up together. He's very easy-going. He's self-ironic. We started
to like blues after the film "The Bold Dog".
Kiril Georgiev (drums): "He's a good man.
He's good at communicating with people. He helps me because he's
a wonderful drummer."
Nikola Dragnev (solo-guitar): "Vasko writes
the lyrics and the music is based on the blues-scheme. We have often
rehearsed on the phone."
Veselin Ivanov (base-guitar): "It's hard to
find blues musicians here. And the blues-scheme in music is like
"A" in the alphabet. But you can't earn money from blues
only. We play for pleasure, which has nothing to do with business."
he is busy, Vasko dedicated some time to "Tempo-express"
readers with pleasure.
"How do you write the songs for Poduene Blues Band?'
"I don't compose. I find them somewhere inside me. I sing about
what I feel. That's how the songs "Beaurocrat", "Sunny
Beach Blues", "Communism Is Going Away" were created."
"Is there anything you can't forgive yourself you did
before 10 November?"
"That I played a few times and it wasn't live, which is offensive
to the audience. And that I was afraid and I... survived. Sweet
Sasho wasn't afraid and he was killed in a concentration camp. But
I was a pawn in this bloody game. But I don't feel like talking
about this. I feel like singing.
"In the last few months you have been singing more
in front of thousands of people on demonstrations than in concert
"I'm a man from the street and I will always be part of it.
I feel like singing on stage as much as I feel like marching in
the streets with people. That's why the thing I'll remember from
demonstration will be people's awakening, not my performance."
"Your most faithful audience?"
"No doubt – the hippies. And lots of "blue grannies"
like me too. But I want the audience to lead me, not the other way
"But other "grannies against violence" want
you to leave the country in order to sing "there".
"And what is the latest news about your lovers?
"I wish to say I have only one lover on Earth and I owe everything
to her. Her name is Elena and she... has been my wife for six years.
I love my daughter Vasilena and my son Boyan too."
"Where do you find those patched jeans?"
"On the junk market. I have no money for new ones."
"When would you put on a suit and a tie to sing?"
"I wore jeans even at my wedding. Clothes are of no interest
"Your band has already realized the first successful
concert at... a circus in Sofia. What do you wish to happen to Poduene
Blues Band in 1991?"
"To see the moment when the audience will decide who will play
on stage and who will not."
are told about him in spite of his youth. I hope you, my reader,
have felt the truth about "the bard of the street" too.
Hetimov, "Express", 16 January 1991