E-E (Евгений Козлов)

Hannelore Fobo


A Short History of (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov's album cover KINO "Natchalnik Kamtchatki" КИНО Начальник КАМЧАТКИ


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A Short History of (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov's album cover for KINO "Nachalnik Kamchatki"
by Hannelore Fobo
(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov: KINO Начальник КАМЧАТКИ / Nachalnik Kamchatki LP cover, mixed media on cardboard, front, ca. 31 x 31 cm, 1984
(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov: КИНО Начальник КАМЧАТКИ / KINO Nachalnik Kamchatki
LP cover, mixed media on cardboard, front, ca. 31 x 31 cm, 1984


Boris Grebenshikov helped the band Kino to record their songs at Andrey Tropillo's studio, among them the album Начальник Камчатки (Nachalnik Kamchatki / The Head of Kamchatki) from 1984. The history of the original album cover is quite interesting. Although “Nachalnik Kamchatki” was, of course, released as a magnitizdat (reel-to-reel) album, artist (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov created a vinyl record cover for it, using his own picture from a photo shoot he arranged with Kino members for this specific purpose. Later, to celebrate the release of the magnitizdat album, Kozlov organised a performance with a “fake” vinyl record inside the real cover.
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Fashion performance with Katya Selitskaya celebrating the release of Kino's album “Nachalnik Kamchatki”. On top of the glass table are Kozlov's record cover and a “fake” vinyl record. Painted photo by (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov, 1984.
Fashion performance with Katya Selitskaya celebrating the release of Kino's album “Nachalnik Kamchatki”. On top of the glass table are Kozlov's record cover and a “fake” vinyl record. Painted photo by (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov, 1984.


The lay-out of the 1984 magnitizdat (reel-to-reel) album could not be verified, but it is very unlikely that it was produced with copies of Kozlov's cover, since at best, magnitizdat albums were provided with black-and-white-photographs that could be printed in private laboratories.
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Although Kozlov's album cover from 1984 was never used for any of the 'official’ releases of "Nachalnik Kamchatki", it influenced the lay-out of cassettes, CDs and Vinyl records to a considerable degree.

Evgenij Kozlov's original LP cover remained with Georgy Guryanov, a big fan of Kozlov's works and portraits. Guryanov painted on one of Kozlov's pictures from the 1984 photo session, which made the musicians look like caricatures of themselves. It was used for the 1994 CD release by Moroz records, for which Guryanov also copied Kozlov's original design. Later Guryanov admitted to Kozlov that he very much regretted having chosen his own work instead of E-E‘s for the CD release.

CD cover version by Georgy Guryanov with his painted photo by (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov, Moroz records, 1994

CD cover version by Georgy Guryanov with his painted photo by (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov,
Moroz records, 1994

New print from 2000 of(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov‘s picture from 1984  From left to right: Viktor Tsoy, Yury Kasparyan, Alexander Titov, Georgy Guryanov

New print from 2000 of (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov‘s picture from 1984
From left to right: Viktor Tsoy, Yury Kasparyan, Alexander Titov, Georgy Guryanov

In 1996, Moroz records edited the album again on cassette and CD, this time using Joanna Stingray‘s picture of Viktor Tsoy holding Evgenij Kozlov‘s cover. The picture is from the mid 1980s

Anatoly Azanov or unknown CD cover of KINO "Natchalnik Kamchatki", offset print on paper, 12.5 x 14.3 cm Moroz records, 1998

Anatoly Azanov or unknown
CD cover of KINO "Natchalnik Kamchatki", offset print on paper, 12.5 x 14.3 cm
Moroz records, 1998


The next release, again by Moroz records, was a vinyl record in 2012.
The photo below was shot at the exhibtion "ASSA", organized by Sergei Bugaev in St. Petersburg, May/June 2013 and published in the internet. Read more about "ASSA">>.
Кино «Начальник КАМЧАТКИ» - KINO "Nachalnik Kamchatki", Moroz records, 2012, cover
Кино «Начальник КАМЧАТКИ» - KINO "Nachalnik Kamchatki", Moroz records, 2012, cover

Кино «Начальник КАМЧАТКИ» - KINO "Nachalnik Kamchatki", Moroz records, 2012, cover
Кино «Начальник КАМЧАТКИ» - KINO "Nachalnik Kamchatki", Moroz records, 2012, cover

A better picture is availalbe in an article dedicated to the history of the music on Nachalnik Kamchatki, published without the author's name on 18 March 2018,
https://zen.yandex.ru/media/polka/kino-nachalnik-kamchatki-5aae5bdea936f411672f8ae4

The vinyl records appears to have been re-released in 2017.

The picture with the four musicians is not Kozlov‘s in the Moroz album from 2012 , but the layout is an clear case of plagiarism or even forgery of the artist‘s original cover.
Plagiarism is even more flagrant with respect to the back cover.

Moroz records obviously took it from Kozlov's website – the picture I published in 2007 more >> on the occasion of the exhibition THE RAW, THE COOKED, THE PACKAGED. The Archives of Perestroika Art. This reproduction, as well as the one of the cover, are the only reproductions of the original work. They have made their way to many Russian websites, in most cases without mentioning Kozlov as the author. I have now put Kozlov's copyright on the reproductions of both the cover and the back cover.
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(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov: Кино «Начальник КАМЧАТКИ» - KINO "Nachalnik Kamchatki", back cover, 1984
(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov: Кино «Начальник КАМЧАТКИ» - KINO "Nachalnik Kamchatki", back cover, 1984
Кино «Начальник КАМЧАТКИ» - KINO "Nachalnik Kamchatki", Moroz records, back cover, 2012
Кино «Начальник КАМЧАТКИ» - KINO "Nachalnik Kamchatki", Moroz records, back cover, 2012

Nachalnik Kamchatki T-shirt

Real fans of Kino can also aquire a T-shirt through the Ukranian company best4u.com.ua
It goes without saying, license fees go neither to artist (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov nor to photographer Joanna Stingray.
Hannelore Fobo, 12 June 2019