Today We Celebrate Stas Namin's Birthday
Stas Namin (born Anastas Alexeevich Mikoyan, 8 November 1951) is a Russian-Armenian musician, composer, record producer, entrepreneur, promoter, and businessman. As a member of the band Flowers, the first popular rock-band in the USSR, dubbed the “Russian Beatles”, he gained cult figure status as one of the founders of indigenous Russian rock music.
From 1970-2000, Namin initiated many innovative projects which brought dramatic changes to the Russian cultural landscape. He established the Stas Namin Centre, an independent producing hub which launched the careers of many well-known Russian performing artists, composers, poets, designers, and other creative talents of the new Russia.
He initiated, produced and promoted the first music festivals ever held in Russia, including the Moscow Music Peace Festival at Lenin Stadium in 1989, the series of “One World” festivals, historical “Rock from Kremlin”, and others.
A pioneer of the Russian independent entertainment industry, he broke the government monopoly and founded the country’s first private (non-governmental) concert agency, design studio, record label, radio station, television company, symphony orchestra, and musical theater. Additionally, he has directed the largest independent international festivals of Russian culture in his country and abroad.