МУХОМОР  Golden Disc

This was the first conceptual album in the USSR, in the genre of "concrete art." It has no musicians, and really no music. It's just that in the winter of 1980-81, five Moscow artists- Sven...

This was the first conceptual album in the USSR, in the genre of "concrete art." It has no musicians, and really no music. It's just that in the winter of 1980-81, five Moscow artists- Sven Gudlakh, Vladimir and Sergei Mironenko, Konstantin Zvezdochetov, and Alexei Kamensky recorded a sound collage: they read poems of their own composition and accompanied them by music from Soviet records. Surprisingly, the recording was published on a large scale, and this played a large role in the subsequent repression of the members of the band. Moreover, MUHOMOR (Toadstool) was "blacklisted" in the Soviet Union, just as AC/DC, KISS, ZOOPARK, and other such bands. The difference was that Mukhomor was not so much a band as it was a joke. Not a joke of geniuses, of course, but of unquestionably talented people. Some select poems, having found a place in the heart of the intelligentsia, could often later be heard at gatherings and parties, to the amateur strumming of someone's guitar. Later, Mukhomor became widely known in certain narrow circles thanks to extravagant "happenings" and underground exhibits.

Over time, the members of Muhomor became rather "respectable" people, their radically avant-garde artwork grew more subdued, some of them forsook their artistic careers and became designers. The bohemian basement-salons were also left behind, just as the underground parties, where the group had enjoyed so much popularity. The old jokes are no longer funny┘ Rest in peace, "Golden Disk," after all, we'll probably forget it soon┘

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26.04.2000, Анна АРУТЮНЯН (ЗВУКИ РУ)