Peter Mamonov: how the hero of the underground became Orthodox

Peter Mamonov: how the hero of the underground became Orthodox

The personality of Peter Mamonov the Christian, perhaps, causes even more bewilderment among the public than the personality of the “good old” Mamonov-avant-gardist when he consciously tried to be incomprehensible. True, only non-believers. Musician interviews often resemble sermons. His life more than all interviews testifies of Christ and the reality of salvation for everyone. This year, Peter Nikolaevich celebrated his 65th birthday. And he himself constantly asserts that he has just started taking the first steps, onlyentered zero classstudy.

Conceived Peter Mamonov

The creators of "Sounds"

AT1982appeared"Sounds of Moo"(otherwise this story cannot be started - in the end, everything depends on the birth of “Sounds”). Another "father" of the rock group, in addition to Peter, became a musicianAlexander Lipnitsky. At that time, Mamonov turned 30, and behind him was the “unfinished higher education”, his work as a loader, elevator operator, bath attendant, and also translations from English and Norwegian published in several poetic almanacs. Nobody remembers where the group got such a strange name.“I just blundered off somehow,” the famous musician waved away in an interview.

AT1985active concert activities of the group began, including performances in the Moscow Rock Lab. "Sounds" immediately noticed. Not to notice this was difficult - the group was not just experimental, we can safely say that no one did then, nor now. Absurd texts, lifeless, detached singing and, mainly, “insane” mimics of Peter Mamonov and unusual body movements, resembling either a zombie or a robot - all this created a striking effect, the effect of “present absence”.

Young Mamonov

In order to somehow designate this style, critics will later call it.Russian folk hallucination. A mixture of music, poetry and slapstick, theater:

I am a dark, dark mu,
I can't do anything here.
I am a dark, dark mu,
I don't understand anything here.

From all this, it smelled not just cold, but icy cold.

At the peak of popularity

Since 1988, “Sounds of Mu” has been successfully touring abroad. In the same year, well-known music critic Artemy Troitsky introduces the group to eminent English producer and musician Brian Eno.The foreign producer was in a literal (but good) sense shocked by the originality of the group and, above all, its frontman.

The result of his acquaintance with Brian was the recording of the band's foreign album, a tour in the UK and the USA At the end of the tour, “Sounds” announced their collapse, and although formally the group still exists today, but rather, as a solo project of Mamonov.

Shot from the movie "Taxi Blues"

In parallel with the concert activity, Peter Mamonov was able to be realized as an actor and director, playing in several performances of the Theater. Stanislavsky, as well as in monopostavki on his own works. One dominant style is avant-garde, "theater of the absurd."

In the same1988a movie came out"Needle"in which Peter Mamonov played the role of the drug lord doctor. World famous as a film actor brought him the role of an alcoholic jazzman in the film"Taxi Blues"directed byPavel Lungin. Picture received"Golden Palm"at the film festival inCannes. Those who knew Peter, argued that in this film he didn’t even have to play much, he was such a person in life: a rebel, a bully, a musician to the bone, a drunkard.

“I am not a cultural worker”

Mamonov never tried to be understandable for the majority; on the contrary, the well-known musician openly positioned himself as a man of the underground, “art is not for everyone”, or rather, for the few. I am not a cultural worker ... I am a small alternative person with my own business, in which five thousand people are interested, ”he said in an interview with a Russian-language magazine."Rolling Stone".

But, nevertheless, whether he wanted it or not, at that time Peter Mamonov had achieved everything that is included in the idea of ​​human glory, and he could hardly have imagined that something more would follow.

Peter Mamonov on stage

Temple doors open

AT1995Mamonov and his family moved to live in a village near Moscow. What happened in his life afterwards, the Russian actor himself told about this in his interviews. He was 45 years old, they built a house in the village and began to live there. In winter, it was boring, it was time to think. The whole life of Peter was decomposed before him as a “solitaire”. He had everything: family, children, money, work that he liked ... There was not only the main thing - the meaning. Then the leader of "Sounds of Mu" for the first time and entered the Orthodox church:

Started looking. What, I think, are they standing there, bowing, asking, singing? I bought a prayer book on the market, opened it - everything I need, everything I dreamed about vaguely. As in the morning, you get up, and an egg is on the table in the kitchen.It does not even lie, but hangs in the air. The words of the prayer hit right in the eyes.

And then there was thirst. The thirst, which to this day Peter Mamonov cannot quench to the end. Today he tries to share this “gospel” with others.

The film "Island"

When in 2006, director Pavel Lungin suggested that Mamonov play in the film “The Island”, the actor first of all ran for advice to his confessor. After all, he was not supposed to play anyone, but a righteous saint.

The answer was clear to the father: it is necessary to be removed; talent is given to man from God, and no opportunity should be missed to serve them. Likewise, Peter Mamonov himself argues now about his profession (as serving God and people):Talents cannot be buried in the ground, but according to the commandments, we must live, and not from our own darkened mind! The Lord said: “Do not bury you in the ground! - so I have to, and there’s nothing to dig. The actor does not attribute any special merit to himself. He compares himself with that donkey, on which the Lord rode into Jerusalem. And she was sure that this is her meet.

On the set of the film "The Island"

Picture "Island" (filmabout the fact that God is, in the words of Lungin) was well received by the audience and received a large number of prestigious awards and prizes.The role of Anatoly, the elder, who played Peter Mamonov, was justly noted as the brightest and most convincing in the film. And those who say that it is impossible to play faith and true repentance without knowing them in life are right.

Modern Mamonov

This was followed by other roles in the big movie: in the film"King" (2009)the same Pavel Lungin, and in the pictureRashida Nugmanova"Needle. Remix, but they can hardly be called equally successful. Just “The Island” is an unusual film, during the filming of which, according to words not only of director Lungin, everything miraculously (by fishing?) Developed and “grown together”. From time to time Mamonov acts as a musician. Sings not only new, but also old, glorified "Sounds of Moo" songs.

Today this project is already calledBrand New Mu Soundsand performs with the new programThe Adventures of Dunno. The Russian actor and musician looks at art soberly, does not seek in his work the opportunity to somehow justify himself or change for the better.Art does not change people, - says Peter Mamonov. - If art changed people, we would live in Paradise long ago. Only God changes people.

Happy Peter Mamonov

The reason why he goes to the public today:I make friends with unrighteous wealth. All that I can do is a gift from above, wealth that I do not earn. Speaking on stage, filming a movie, I make friends. Criterion one:If there is love, then what I do is pleasing to God..

"Faith is how much blood you can give for another."

Often in conversations with journalists, Peter Mamonov quotes the holy fathers, talks a lot about faith and about the Church. At the same time, a well-known musician always refers to “elders” and only talks about how he lives and feels. He is extremely sincere, and it is captivating:

I do not broadcast anything. I share my own experience. The same I am weak, weak. The same everyone. But I had a craving. I need to desperately, already in my throat dries. The truth. And one of the names of Christ is the Sun of Truth. I strive to this sun with all my mosquito-like stronglings.

Mamonov with a new program

Faith for Peter Mamonov is not a set of long-established formulas and concepts; it must be effective, lively, and manifest itself even in the most simple and ordinary things:Faith is not a red corner, where everyone sits with beards, they say, we are Orthodox, and all around are Satanists. Faith is how much blood you can give for another.

In order for the world to be “adored,” transformed, little is needed. And Mamonov immediately gives the recipe:Mode of action? Do yourself. This little dot. And this little dot will be lighter. By example, Peter Mamonov shows: at least one “small dot” the world really becomes brighter.

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    Peter Mamonov: how the hero of the underground became Orthodox

    Peter Mamonov: how the hero of the underground became Orthodox

    Peter Mamonov: how the hero of the underground became Orthodox

    Peter Mamonov: how the hero of the underground became Orthodox

    Peter Mamonov: how the hero of the underground became Orthodox

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