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ANDREI MAKAREVICH – “MACHINIST” OF A ROCK STEAM

First of all, Andrei Makarevich is known as the founder of the legendary “Time Machine”, with which he went from a musical underground to the status of master of Russian rock. But the well-known musician is talented, as is the “due” to the true creator, in many ways. He writes poetry, music and paintings, and is also engaged in producing, working on television and diving. And this is not all that reveals the personality of Andrei Vadimovich.

With notes it went wrong
Andrei Makarevich was born on December 11, 1953 in the family of a famous architect, professor of the Moscow Architectural Institute, author of several monuments. Andrei’s mother devoted her life to the study of tuberculosis, singer Andrei Makarevich was a doctor of medical sciences. The house was often played music. Although the father did not have a musical education, he perfectly picked up different types of music on the piano from jazz to classical, therefore the boy conducted his first musical experiments behind the same keyboard. He tried by ear to reproduce melodies, he was especially inspired by the composition from the movie “The Last Inch.” The child was even hired by a private music teacher, but the relationship with the teacher somehow went wrong. She urged him to learn notes, and they caused Andrey’s persistent rejection. Very quickly, the teacher refused to engage with such a ward and was sent to a regular music school. Andrei lasted there for two whole years, but on this “romance with the musician” ended.

The first chords of Makarevich
He liked to play heavy melodies and rhythms that he heard on forbidden records brought by papa from foreign business trips. singer Andrei Makarevich Of course, these were rockers. In middle classes, Andrei Makarevich woke up a craving for poetry. He attended a prestigious school with a focus on learning English. Together with classmates, he began to compose parody lines on Soviet ideology. The guys wrote these verses in special notebooks and let them in for entertainment along the rows of desks. Once during a vacation, one of his friends gave Andrei a guitar and showed how to play the three simplest chords. The young man realized that with their help he would be able to play the songs of Vladimir Vysotsky and Yuri Vizbor. Then during the holidays, he wiped all his fingers to learn how to play somehow.

Special School Musicians
The real songwriting of Andrei Makarevich began in 8th grade. And again, it was not without the participation of his father, who at that time brought the Beatles record from another business trip. As an adult, the musician recalled that he then had the feeling that something began to change irreversibly after the music he heard, his ears were freed from cotton wool, and the era of the Beatles began. Makarevich listened to the Liverpool four before and after school, all day long, why his parents drove his singer Andrei Makarevich with a tape recorder to the balcony, where he turned on the sound at full power so that all passers-by could hear rock music.

Under the influence of the Beatles, then all the acquaintances of Andrei Makarevich were. Since English was thoroughly studied in a special school, none of the students had problems with playing songs or even composing covers.

Impressed by the creativity of The Beatles, Makarevich created in 1968 his first “four” called The Kids, which included two boys and two girls. A year later, the girls were asked to transfer to the auditorium, and their place was taken by the guys from a nearby school. The name The Kids transformed into Time Machines. The guys took their team very seriously – every day they gathered for rehearsals and recorded a record that included 11 English songs. And 1969 was the year of birth of the first Soviet rock band.

Victim of “ideological cleansing”
As you know, rock music in the Soviet Union had an underground status, there was nothing to dream about doing it professionally, so after school Andrei Makarevich went to the Moscow Architectural Institute to follow in his father’s footsteps. singer Andrei Makarevich, he was a wonderful painter, he had excellent teachers at the institute, so Makarevich says that he is not a musician who paints, but an artist who makes music.

The study developed successfully until rock music seriously intervened in the process. Time Machines did not stop their activity, regularly gathered at the “apartment blocks” and held underground concerts. This certainly did not color the Soviet student-Komsomol member. After another “ideological purge” at the architectural institute, Andrei Makarevich was expelled from the university in company with other long-haired students.

A rock and roll lover had to look for work. I managed to get a job in a design institute, which was engaged in the development of cultural buildings. The Giproteatra collective singer Andrei Makarevich was loyal to the passion of Makarevich, he did not physically overload. Although in those years his group was in deep underground, he already had fame in certain circles. The first illegal Time Machines records were in full swing throughout Moscow and Leningrad (St. Petersburg), and Makarevich switched from English songs to Russian.

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