Interesting facts about the childhood and youth of Peter Mamonov, one of the most brilliant people of the Russian rock scene
Peter Mamonov turned the idea of the domestic public about rock, stage artistry and music in general. His genius was given to understand, alas, not to everyone. But it makes no sense to dispute the obvious: Mamonov was a phenomenon in the Russian rock scene. His group "The Sounds of Mu. was unique and inimitable - to this day people never cease to admire songs such as "Shuba Duba Blues." or "A source of contagion.". And it's not just about dedicated fans, but also about a more modern generation of listeners. But how did early years musician, actor, poet and just an amazing person Peter Nikolaevich?
He was a teacher's "nightmare"
Pyotr Nikolaevich was born in 1951 year in a huge and beautiful Moscow. The childhood of the future artist took place in the same courtyard where the legendary poet Vladimir Vysotsky once grew up. Peter's artistry was revealed at an early age, but it did not work out with his studies - in his school years Mamonov was rare bully, teachers' "nightmare"! He was expelled from several educational institutions, as everywhere he bred "the circus". For example, once he made an explosion next to the chemistry room. Most likely, the chemistry teacher did not appreciate such amateur performances ...
With grief in half after graduating from school, Mamonov replaced several higher educational institutions - the guy did not take root anywhere. Perhaps because the study not interested his as well as music ... However, the musician himself did not like to talk about these times. It is only known that the student years were extremely hard - there were many personal and creative failures.
He has always been an artist at heart.
First yard Ensemble "Express" Peter and his friends founded when they were high school students. They performed, as a rule, foreign rock and roll classics of those years - distorted hits The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and other rock monsters. Subsequently, peers said that Mamonov was born dancer - with incredible plasticity and artistry, he performed shake, rock and roll, twist!
“He had no equal in dancing!” Alexander Lipnitsky once said.
He enjoyed the privilege
Friendship with Lipnitsky gave Mamonov certain privileges, namely, he got early access to Western records, about which the USSR many could only dream of! Stepfather Alexandra was a great music lover. And thanks to his position - the translator of the Brezhnev - he easily brought from abroad a huge number of various records.
While everyone was trudging around the Beatles, Mamonov was looking for inspiration in more colorful music - he enthusiastically enjoyed creativity Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Ike Turner and many other "black" masters of that era.
“This music became the foundation for the magic that Mamonov demonstrated on stage - animal Russian savagery!” Biographer Sergei Guryev once emphasized.
Outrageous lived in him, and he lived for them
A shocking personality woke up in Mamonov when he was a teenager. The guy dressed like dude, often added “final touches” to his image, which could not leave passers-by indifferent. For example - he could go for a walk in the park with a toilet handle instead of earrings! And feel the most comfortable…
Sometimes external pomposity was not enough, and then more cunning tricks were used - the so-called fantastic shows on busy streets! Mamonov could calmly walk around the square, when he suddenly ran up and flew at full speed straight into wall! But he did not run, and fell to the ground. A crowd of people surrounded the madman, and he lay and watched the discouraged spectators with a victorious smile on the face. And once he pretended psycho, and even passed an examination in a psychiatric hospital, which recognized him as right. And all in order not to join the army ... By the way, it was this hospital that brought Mamonov and Artemy together Troitsky, who played an important role in his development as an artist.
Despite the fact that in his youth Mamonov often spun in parties hippie, he belonged to this subculture not really OK. Against this background, conflicts often occurred between him and the "children of color", which even developed into fistfights ... But one day everything went too far.
Right in the garden "Hermitage Museum" there was a serious scuffle, which turned into a blow to the heart for Peter - a sharpened file pierced the chest, and the doctors miraculously managed to save Mamonov's life. For the rest of his life, the musician proudly wore his battle scar…
Love failures and socialization
On the personal front of Peter, things were not going well. In the middle 70s he married a mysterious stranger for the fans, who bore him a son! But their marriage is fast fell apart. There were many love failures before Mamonov moved to live in a communal apartment on Chertanovo. It was a terrible period in his life: depression, unemployment, hunger and constant absence money... For a while, Peter even had to give up alcohol. But not from writing poetry - despite the spitting of fate, the poet in him continued to hope for the best.
“My songs came out rather sad, but the atmosphere was appropriate,” he himself recalled.
When enough material had accumulated, Peter performed his masterpieces Troitsky, which by that time was already notorious critic. From the memoirs of Artemy Kivovich:
“It was very unusual - comical and powerful at the same time!”
Troitsky's recognition inspired Peter to create his own group, which included his brother Alexey Bortnichuk. Everything that happened next is already different history…