Biography of Peter Mamonov: the full story of an extraordinary artist ...
Pyotr Mamonov is a Russian rock musician, actor, poet, and radio host. Fame came to him as part of the Sounds of Mu group. After the collapse of the team, Mamonov devoted himself to cinema, and later turned to religion and began to participate in solo performances.
The famous rock journalist Artemy Troitsky wrote the following about this amazing person:
“Pyotr Mamonov can be described as an epileptic showman. This is an insane mixture of a jester, a gallant bastard and a bitter drunkard ... His pompous poses are replaced by unexpected falls! He can jump around the stage and foam from the mouth, and then, as if nothing had happened, takes the form of a serious man ... "
It is curious that the future artist spent his childhood in the famous house 17 on Bolshoy Karetny Lane: in the very one where Vladimir Vysotsky once lived. At school, the boy behaved far from the best: he was expelled after the explosion he caused near the chemistry room ... In high school, Mamonov and his friends formed the Express ensemble. The guys performed converted hits by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and other cult groups. Even then, Peter's artistry was at its best: he performed shake, rock and roll, twist, demonstrating to everyone his incredible plasticity ...
Mamonov's work was inspired by the "black" masters of the West, such as Miles Davis and Chubby Checker. It was their music that served as the foundation for the embodiment of savagery, which Peter was happy to arrange at his performances!
In his youth, Mamonov often hung out with metropolitan hippies. At the same time, he was skeptical about the ideals of this subculture. Often arranged fights ... During the brawl, Peter was wounded in the chest with a sharpened file! Doctors miraculously managed to save his life ... For a long time the guy was in a coma. From a young age, Peter's behavior showed a desire for outrageousness, which, at times, prompted him to various rash acts ... So, walking in the park, Mamonov could scatter sharply, and ... at full speed fall sharply in front of the wall, watching how a crowd of perplexed people gathered around him spectators ... To avoid the army, the future artist pretended to be crazy!
"The Sounds of Mu.
The notorious group "Sounds of Mu" was formed in 1981. The team often performed at apartment concerts, where they met more famous stage colleagues: Bravo, Aquarium, Kino ... Often the groups gave enchanting joint shows, and sometimes even exchanged musicians! Gradually, almost the whole city learned about the “Sounds of Mu” with an unusually artistic vocalist! Concerts, recordings began ... The most interesting thing is that when Pyotr Mamonov went on stage - no one could believe that he was a rock musician! And not just a musician, but a vocalist himself! Everyone saw in him a gray little man with a bald head ... But as soon as this "man" came up to the microphone! Just an incredible rock show began! His unique style of performance and the presentation of songs were inimitable ... Crazy antics, contagious dances, shouts - he had no equal on the national stage! Some people were seriously concerned about Mamonov's mental health ... But, as you can see, the artist deliberately provoked the public.
In the spring of 1985, Pyotr Mamonov was on the verge of life and death: the musician drank a solvent ... It happened in the country, in the company of Vladimir Lipnitsky ... And if Mamonov managed to recover from the poisoning, then Vladimir died ...
As for the “Sounds of Mu”, the composition of the group has undergone changes more than once ... Mamonov put forward the most severe requirements for candidates. Of all the group's albums, Peter liked only one, "Crimea". Even "Zvuki Mu", which was produced by Brian Eno himself, was criticized ... Allegedly, the music is too ideal, sleek ... But in vain. In fact, the disc is really a success! It was released in the United Kingdom in the late 80s.
When the canonical composition of the "Sounds of Mu" broke up, Mamonov finally became disillusioned with the music business ... Subsequently, under the name of the group, Peter's solo (essentially) works were released. Soon the artist turned to religion. His departure to Orthodox Christianity influenced his worldview: Mamonov left the rock scene and devoted himself to solo performances! However, before that, he managed to declare himself as a talented actor ...
Starting from the second half of the 90s, Mamonov moved away from music, giving his preference to acting ... So, the rocker played an alcoholic saxophonist in the film Taxi Blues. Subsequently, the director recalled:
“Peter literally colored the film, brought the spirit of freedom and originality!”
A big breakthrough in the acting field was the film "The Needle"! Then there was the "Island", which, by the way, received a lot of laudatory reviews! There Mamonov played the monk Father Anatoly. The most scandalous role for Peter was the role of Ivan the Terrible in the film "Tsar"! Many criticized Mamonov's talent, saying that he was not suitable for this role ... Well, everyone has their own opinion on this matter.
Pyotr Mamonov also tested his directing skills! So, he staged The Bald Brunette, a performance that remained quite successful for several more years! But the following “No one writes to the Colonel” did not live up to expectations ...
“Then I realized that directing is not mine ...” - Peter later said.
In Mamonov's biography there is also a place for solo performances, such as "Is there life on Mars", "Chocolate Pushkin", "Grandfather Peter and Hares" ... It seems that this was the most controversial aspect of his work.
The life of our hero abruptly turned upside down at the moment when he settled in the village of Efanovo (Moscow region). It happened in the mid 90s. The public regarded this as an attempt to escape from the bustle of the world - a kind of manifestation of hermitism! But Peter himself did it for a different reason...
When the Sounds of Mu project collapsed, Mamonov fell into a deep depression ... The musician did not see the point in life: he was absolutely not interested in anything ... However, a way out of this darkness was found! And he was imprisoned in Orthodox Christianity... Having adopted religion, Peter began to attend church regularly, confess and pray. In a word, he began to actively engage in spiritual self-improvement:
“At that moment, I didn’t want anything ... It was an absolute collapse! I had everything - family, fame, money ... And at the same time I felt that I had no reason to live ... "
After turning to religion, Peter Mamonov turned away from cinema. He persistently rejected incoming offers ... But in 2001, director Sergei Loban managed to convince the artist to star in the film "Dust"! Although not the first time ... It is curious that Mamonov retyped his script on a typewriter, which Loban recalled:
“He perceives only the text that he typed himself ...”
As a result, Pyotr Nikolaevich played a professor who conducts psychic experiments on people! Today, Mamonov's influence has reached the level where an artist can do absolutely everything on stage! There are those who will certainly appreciate his antics at their true worth... This is his image, his style... In this primitiveness, he himself is.