Are you the same Vladimir Grishetchko who did artwork for Alien Records/BIZ Enterprises in the early 1990s?
V. accepted your request.
V: Hello, yes I am.
Bo: WOOT! I am contacting you on behalf of an acquaintance who has one of your posters from the 1991 Monsters of Rock tour. He has had it framed to display on his wall after all these years and would like to ask you some questions.
We are both members of a message board where he originally posted about this. Would you be interested in joining the board and answering directly? If not, I’d be happy to relay questions and answers (but it would be really cool if you’d come post on our message board).
Thanks for getting back to me! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am right now! You did great work back in the day; is it true you are still in the industry as a band photographer?
V: Hello, Thanks for kind words about my artworks. But this already last �� Sometimes I make photos my favorite musiсian like Joe Satriani and some Russians guitar players ore bands for fun. But now I work in sport industry (Mountainbike & Cycling). I’m promoter & organizer bicycling events in Russia. All photos and graphic design for it I do myself. Also I publisher and editor-in-chief of first Russian bicycling magazine since 1997.
Bo: So that WAS you!
V: Yes it’s was me
Bo: Please visit our message board. The discussion about your poster is at http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=797717
This would mean a lot to a guy known as Edward The Head. Joining is free, of course. May I post our conversation there?
V: Yes of course
Bo: Thank you so much. Edward’s first question was “was this an official poster, or was it one done after the show”? but I know he would love to thank you for such great work; he has had the poster for over 20 years.
V: It was official poster of MOR show. It was booking by Boris Zosimov.
Bo: Excellent. I actually contact Boris a couple of months ago looking for you.
He wants you to know that your poster is framed and in a living room being enjoyed. Here is a link to the framed poster: Shutterfly
I think it looks amazing!
He wonders if he has one of the last surviving copies of this poster.
V: I think yes!
Bo: Wow! That’s incredible! Did you go to the concert? It must have been a really exciting and unusual time for Russia back then!
V: Yes I work on this show. It was very cool!
Bo: Any stories or memories that stand out that you’d like to share from that concert or from your art career in general?
(He sent me this album cover and this link to Russian metal site: МАСТЕР / MASTER - Вышел альбом "Empire Of Evil" (1991))
V: That’s my artwork too. Russian band MASTER realize Empire of Evil 1991 roadrunner records
Bo: WOW! That totally fucking rocks!
V: That was realy sitaution in the Soviet Union
Bo: Was it subversive or dangerous to be working in heavy metal music back then?
V: when we wanted to publish EST album on the “Melody” record lable, the editor told that I need to be sent to a madhouse ��
but then began “Perestroyka” and it became easier
One more cover
Bo: That’s freaking awesome! I own that Oz album! they peaked with Fire In The Brain, but a friend also had the album back in college and I eventually got a copy for sentimental reasons
Mr. Grischetchko, you’ve been very gracious with your time. It’s been an honor and a privilege to speak with you, but I have to get some sleep so I can work in the morning. Please consider visiting our forum; there are people who would love to hear from you at the Straight Dope Message Board.
V: I was glad to get acquainted
Bo: You totally fucking rock, dude!
V: Good night
Bo: Dobroy nochi, tovarisch!