Stas Namin

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Stas Namin
Birth name Anastas Alekseyevich Mikoyan
Born (1951-11-08) November 8, 1951 (age 62),
Moscow, Russia
Occupations Musician, songwriter, composer, producer, entrepreneur, promoter
Instruments Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Sitar, Bagpipe, Vocals
Years active 1969–present
Labels Melodiya, Hotwax records, SNC Records
Associated acts Stas Namin Band, Flowers, Gorky Park Band
Website www.stasnamin.com

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[citation needed], 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 (considered the “Russian Woodstock[citation needed]), 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.

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