Sergey Shnurov

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Shnur
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Shnur in 2006
Background information
Birth name Sergey Vladimirovich Shnurov
Born (1973-04-13) April 13, 1973 (age 42)
Origin Leningrad, Soviet Union
Genres Ska, Ska punk, Rock
Occupation(s) singer , composer, poet, actor, artist, showman
Years active 1997–present
Associated acts Leningrad, Rubl

Sergey Vladimirovich Shnurov (Russian: Серге́й Влади́мирович Шну́ров; born 13 April 1973[1]) is a Russian musician and songwriter, best known as Shnur, of the ska-punk band Leningrad which he formed in 1997 and was the frontman of till the end of 2008.[2] In December 2008 the group disbanded (reunited in 2010), Shnur with some of its members forming Rubl.[3]

Three of Shnur's songs featured on the Everything Is Illuminated soundtrack, including hugely popular Мне бы в небо (Mne bi v nebo, "Up in the Air").[4] Shnurov also composed music for many other movies, including the Russian cult film Boomer and its sequel.[5]

He has a daughter named Serafina, student in Saint-Petersburgh, and a son Appolon.

Art critic Artyom Rodnaryov thinks that the main audience of Shnurov are clerks who need someone to canalize their aggression. Most of the Shnur's songs excessively use obscene words and have a very simple composition, thus fulfilling this function.[6]

Shnur in San Francisco, June 2003
Shnur, 2011

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