STAS NAMIN – INNOVATOR OF SOVIET ROCK CULTURE
Stas Namin managed to become a legend and a cult character in a whole cultural layer of the second half of the 20th century, so he does not need special ideas. Just a name with a surname is already a phrase completely self-sufficient. Musician, producer, artist, photographer, director, traveler and innovator in various creative fields. The list of his occupations and merits can be continued indefinitely. He himself believes that it is not the versatility that matters, but the result and achievements in each of these areas.
Sketch from childhood
It would seem that the grandson of Anastas Mikoyan himself (a long-term member of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the Soviet Union) could make a dizzying career in any international organization or become no less influential politician, but became a musician, and even objectionable to the authorities. Is it possible to imagine such a thing? singer Stas Namin Even Stas himself did not consider his youthful passion for music to be something serious, and even more so he was not going to devote his whole life to it.
He was born on November 8, 1951 in the family of military pilot Alexei Mikoyan and his wife Nami. The Mikoyan family, as you know, was far from average. Grandfather always held important government posts. His brother was a famous MiG aircraft designer. Stas spent his childhood with his parents in the military garrisons of Belarus and Germany, where his father was sent for service.
Mom had a conservative education, instilled in her son an interest in music and literature, and taught English. Between the “cultural hours” he fled to a military training ground (then they lived in Germany) and with other boys collected unexploded ordnance. Father repeatedly tried to reason with his son and explain how dangerous this activity is. And during one of the training flights, I again saw my son at the training ground. Then he sharply dived on the fighter directly above the child and taught the naughty son a lesson.
At the age of 10, Stas, at the insistence of his father and grandfather, sent to the Suvorov School, singer Stas Namincht to curb his rebellious temperament and teach him discipline. Seven years spent in school, Stas Namin recalls with warmth, although he was not often allowed to go home, because he could not boast of excellent grades and diligence.
By this time, mother and father were already divorced, and stepdad Vasily Kukharsky joined the education of Stas. Then he served as deputy minister of culture of the USSR. My stepfather did not like Stas’s passion for rock music and wayward behavior. But thanks to his surroundings, the young man was familiar with many composers and other famous personalities from childhood.
Stas Namin’s novel with rock
After graduating from the Suvorov School, Namin faced the question of choosing a life path. Stas himself a singer Stas Naminck that period has not yet decided who he wants to become, and what profession to start studying. As a result, the young man entered the Institute of Foreign Languages to become a translator. But the student’s life dragged on the guy so much that there was almost no time left to study, there were continuous “tails”. Stas decided to restore his “spoiled” reputation at the philology department of Moscow State University.
There he played rock and roll with a group of students, had parties and ran out on dates. The first musical group of Stas Namin was staffed by former cadets of the Suvorov School and for a whole year they existed under the name “Wizards”. And later, a trio of Politburo appeared with Stas, his cousin Alik Mikoyan and friend Grigory Ordzhonikidze. In one of the recreation centers, they were allowed to rehearse in the “red corner” next to the bust of Lenin. There they performed the hits of The Rolling Stones and Jimmy Hendrix on guitars. Only the initiates knew about the existence of such a collective.
But the collective “Flowers”, which made the famous Stas Namin from Stas Mikoyan, arose in 1969. The name appeared thanks to the hippie movement, which was called “Children of the Flowers” and the famous Woodstock Festival. By the way, it was then that Stas decided to come up with a pseudonym on behalf of Nami’s mother, so as not to compromise his grandfather and father.
The group even managed to release one disc at Melody and perform in several cultural houses, singer Stas Namin, after which they fell into complete disfavor of those in power. The fact is that at one of their concerts in the club of the Moscow State University so many people gathered that they had to block traffic on the street. Naturally, the reaction of the ministry immediately followed, and the team was blacklisted of objectionable. The total ban on the group “Flowers” was justified by the fact that their music runs counter to the generally accepted musical style of Soviet culture and pop music in particular.
Newspapers and magazines were forbidden to mention the “Flowers”, and only sometimes some songs made their way to the listeners in the form of single recordings.
Only in 1974 the group was hired by one of the philharmonic societies and allowed to tour, but this period did not last long. After another conflict, the Ministry of Culture banned the name of the group itself, and the guys had to sing in the “Stas Namin Group”.