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Andrey Sapunov – All about the musician of the band "Resurrection": full biography

The band's fans really hoped for the reconciliation of their favorite musicians and a reunion in honor of the band's 40th anniversary! But... this is not destined to happen.

Biography of Andrei Sapunov - a member of the Resurrection group

Andrey Borisovich Sapunov is a bright icon of Russian rock! Widespread popularity came to him thanks to his participation in the Resurrection group, where he performed several roles at once: he was a vocalist, guitarist, bassist and songwriter.

For Russian music lovers, Sapunov will forever remain the author of a number of hits, as well as a member of a number of once popular groups (in addition to Resurrection, Andrei Borisovich played in the groups Gems, Lotos and some others). The news that the cult musician was gone shook the Russian rock scene... Having given the Resurrection group several decades of his life, Andrey Sapunov died on December 13, 2020. According to preliminary information - from cardiac arrest. Much to our regret, there was one less legend of Russian rock... But even after leaving, Andrey Borisovich remained with the band forever. In today's article, we propose to recall the history of his life.

Early years

Andrei Borisovich Sapunov was born in October 1956, in the city of Krasnoslobodsk. Andrei was the second child in the family: later his older brother, Vladimir, would become his colleague. But more on that later.

Andrey Sapunov
Andrey Sapunov

At the end of the decade, the Sapunov family settled in the capital. Here the boys went to school and also discovered some sports: table tennis, badminton and football. At the same time, the brothers experienced an irresistible passion for music... Andrey's first guitar was a gift from his older brother! The guy quickly mastered the six-string instrument, which only increased his desire to connect his life with music ... Soon the brothers formed a school group, in which they performed at small discos and school evenings. Their early repertoire consisted of popular hits from domestic and foreign pop music. It is worth emphasizing that the young musicians put their soul into each piece, trying to bring it to perfection.

Incomplete education and military service

After leaving school, Andrei entered the Astrakhan Institute of Fisheries, but studied there for only a year. Returning to Moscow, he made a second attempt - he entered the Moscow Power Engineering Institute. However, he did not manage to stay here either ... Having not even studied for a year, Andrei took his documents and devoted himself completely to music ... His brother supported his idea, which, of course, cannot be said about his parents. Upon learning of this, the mother became ill. But Andrei could not go against himself: from now on he belonged entirely to creativity.

Soon Sapunov Jr. was taken to serve in the army, where he spent 2 years in the air force near Kaluga. Here he continued his musical activity, periodically speaking at cultural events. Could he have thought that after the service he would become the idol of the Soviet youth? May be. It all started with an acquaintance with Stas Namin ...

Musical career

Returning home to the capital, Andrei Sapunov meets Stas Namin, a local musician, composer and just an artist. At his invitation, Andrei became a member of the Flowers group. However, a year later, the young musician firmly decided for himself that he wanted to get a professional musical education. So, after leaving the team, Andrei entered the department of pop-jazz singing of the Gnesins State Musical College. And already in his first year, a significant event happened in his life: he met Evgeny Margulis and Alexei Romanov!

Group "Resurrection"

Would Andrei Sapunov have received such wide fame and the cherished recognition of the public if he had not been a member of the cult group "Resurrection"? Yes, it's quite possible. Do not forget that Mira Lvovna Korobkova herself was his vocal teacher! And she, by the way, gave voice to many masters of the Soviet stage. However, no one denies the fact that as part of another team, the talent of our hero could simply go unnoticed or underestimated (yes, unfortunately this also happens to promising musicians). But, fortunately, Andrei Sapunov was at the right time in the right place.

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Circumstances developed in such a way that it was during this period of time that already well-known musicians, drummer Sergei Kavagoe and bass guitarist Evgeny Margulis, left the Time Machine group. They decide to create their own rock band, whose leader eventually became Alexei Romanov (ex-member of the Kuznetsky Most). And they invite Andrey Sapunov as a guitarist and backing vocalist!

For several years, the group delighted fans of domestic rock music with its existence: the guys actively rehearsed, recorded hit singles and gave successful concerts! However ... already in 1982 there was a split, after which the composition of the "Resurrection" changed several times.

Finding yourself...

Andrey Sapunov...
Andrey Sapunov ...

After the breakup of the group, Sapunov decided to return to his studies. Having received an education, already in 1983 Andrei began to search for himself: the guy played first at Olympia, then at Gems ... However, none of this inspired the young musician. Later, he admitted that he was more attracted not by the repertoire or image of a particular group, but by a high fee. So, having worked for several years in "Gems" (an ensemble that was quite popular and in demand at that time), Andrey was able to buy a car and his own apartment in the capital!

Subsequently, Andrei did not stay long in any group. After leaving the ensemble "Gems", together with his friend Alexander Slizunov, Sapunov created the project "Lotus". And although the team managed to get a philharmonic status, after a few years it ceased to exist. Meanwhile, the group had the opportunity to tour the country with concerts, perform at major festivals ... It was under her name that the famous hit "Ring" was released, impeccably performed by Sapunov himself!

In the early 90s, Andrei became a member of the famous "Trio" (together with Alexei Romanov and Andrei Kobzon, the son of Joseph Davydovich). The idea of the project was to perform live, without any soundtracks and effects! And the musicians managed to justify their main concept. But after a few years, Sapunov left the Trio ...

And finally, in 1994, Andrei returned to the “family”: the Resurrection group announced its revival! As a result, it was in this team that Sapunov stayed until 2016, after which he became a recluse ...

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Group "Resurrection"
Group "Resurrection"

The newly united Margulis, Romanov, Shevyakov and Sapunov himself set to work on new studio albums! First came “All over again” (2001), followed by “Slowly” (2003). In parallel, the group arranged numerous concerts and gave live performances. Sapunov also managed to collect his own “Sapunov Trio” and even released a live album “Live Collection” under this name!

In 2016, the Resurrection group again experienced a split: Sapunov left the team right before the tour ... The fact is that Andrei and Alexei Romanov were married to their own sisters! Against this background, conflicts often arose between them ... So, right before the tour, Andrei and Romanov quarreled over disagreements over the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula to Russia ... As a result, the group had to justify themselves to the fans, why is one of the participants not at the concerts ...

To be completely honest, relations between Sapunov and Romanov had deteriorated long before this incident. It's just that this conflict has become the final point. Despite leaving the group, Andrei's brother Vladimir continued his work in Resurrection. In the spring of 2018, he passed away from cancer.

Conclusion…

Musician Andrey Sapunov
Musician Andrey Sapunov

On December 13, 2020, Andrey Sapunov also died ... The musician's heart stopped. It is worth noting that after leaving the group, he became a very closed person: neither his creative life nor his personal life was known for a long time ...

Andrei himself did not get in touch with journalists and colleagues on the stage, preferring to lead a reclusive lifestyle. Of course, parting with the "Resurrection" was a big blow for him. The band's fans really hoped for the reconciliation of their favorite musicians and a reunion in honor of the band's 40th anniversary! But ... this is not destined to happen.

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