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Moscow inspiration of Alexey Kortnev
Alexei Kortnev - musician, singer and leader of "Neschastniy Sluchay” (An Unfortunate accident) music band. He was born and lives in Moscow. He have written his first songs in the seventh grade of his English special schools. He went to the Mekhmat (Mechanic-Mathematics Faculty of the Moscow University) in 1983 and imideatelly went for an audition to a music studio in the student theater of Moscow State University. He met Valdis Pelsh there. Two months later, they got to the stage under the name of "Accident Duet." Within a short time of the "Accident Duet" grew up to four people. He played for the KVN team of MSU's in 1987-1988 season. Wrote many songs about Moscow, his individual memories and his cherished places.
“We cannot hide from our capricious love, Moscow. In love with the Russian capital, I know you're right even during your capricios. The sunrise is burning on Moscow towers, and it seems that once again we will be saved by your love, Moscow ... (A.Kortnev "Song of Moscow")
I was born on Leninsky Prospekt, near the building of the Trade Unions, which is now called Russian Trade Union Committee. In addition, this unique beautiful building forms the whole neighborhood. From the windows of my parent’s apartment, this beautiful architecture was visible. Well, in general, in the area of Moscow is not very old, there are wide Stalinist era courtyards - these are great and green to this day. Thanks God they not building in these courtyards and it is beautiful there. ...More infoGo to Leninsky avenue and go towards the city center.
43 Leninsky prospect
My song "Vegetable Tango" has an absolutely clear geography 43 Leninsky Prospect where my school number 80 is in the courtyard. This is a specialized school with in-depth English education. The house called "House of vegetables" because on Gagarin Square there was "House of Fabrics" and "House Light." Therefore, in the next house on the other side, there was this one "House of vegetables." This shop occupied the entire first floor. It was huge, and it was unclear why do they need that much space because than was not much vegetables. The song "Vegetable Tango" was written while I was standing in line for cabbage. I was sent there by my mother in the winter. And there's all these realities described in the song took place: chow-chow dog tied to the door, "inquisitors in gowns and tights "- respectively, store employees with knees-stretched sport pants. It was very funny because it was the space long as a hangar all craped with cabbage leaves and husks, completely empty. Then the back room door opens and Inquisitor came out pushing the wire a grid on wheels with the cabbage, for example. Everybody would snap on it and empty the cage in just a half a minute. Inquisitor went back with an empty cart. Again, everybody would stand there with their string bags, waiting for 15-20 minutes for the next phenomenon to appear. I composed this "Vegetable Tango" song while I was idling there. We play it almost at every concert, although realities of this song happened during the long bygone days. ...More infoContinue to Gagarin Square, where we turn left to the Moscow River.
The construction of the Academy of Sciences on Gagarin square began than nearby. It all happened in front of my eyes. We, as students of elementary school, continuously climbed into pits, which were under construction. We, of course, terribly chased out by guards because there were giant pits. Then the fight with floaters began, because the building was slipping down into the Moscow River. We were just almost hunted guard, but was considered a special valor to jump into a pit and slide 40-50 meters on your ass - then you are a real good fellow. ...More infoGo back to Gagarin Square, dive into the underpass and exit on the island in the middle of the avenue.
Y.A. Gagarin’s monument
Gagarin’s monument was constructed about the same time. Of course, It was immediately baptized as "Yurik," and all the meetings were "by the Yurik” or "near Yurik", and so on. There were a huge number of all sorts of stupid legends About the monument. It was known that at 12 at night he waves his hands, he looks not just at the University but strictly to the West, that is, to Western Europe, trying notice some machinations of the world bourgeoisie. Local legend stated as follows: alcohol store was exactly across the street from the monument. It was one of the few open wine stores during the sunset of the Soviet regime. There was also a huge "Sputnik" deli store, which occupies the entire first floor of this building, which is now worth, in fact, the Presidium of the Academy. There are completely different shops there now and no trace of it left. On the right side of the "Sputnik" was an alcoholic department. Local "bruises" (alcoholics) explained Gagarin gesture as follows: "If I go out, take a botle, there Jura worth, I ask him: Jura, got glass? And he would say: no, ...! " That is why he spreads his hands like this. ...More infoLet’s dive into the underpass again and go to the Vavilov Street exit.
Vavilov Street remembers me for many things. I moved here in the university freshman year. My parents and grandmother made partly- relative apartment exchange (since there was no private property in the Soviet time you could only exchange apartments using different types of exchanges and combinations), and I went to live on Gagarin Square, in a house that faced the Leninsky Prospekt by one of its sides, and the other looked at Vavilov street. Since my school was nearby so many of my friends were registered at the Vavilov Street, in a variety of buildings. A street has been famous for the fact that during my school years it was prescribed for the removal of stones from the kidneys and the bladder. It was argued that if you ride along the Vavilov street back and forth, the stones begin to emerge. This is because of the tramways that still exist now and over a hundred manholes and they remained there. They leveled somehow, but they are still there. These two streets in Moscow - Mytnaya and Vavilov. It is fantastic, of course, but it is hard to imagine this quantity of hatches on one street. Well, a large part of my life took place on this street. Generally, Leninsky Prospekt and Vavilov are two parallels with a huge number of research institutes that were in the sphere of influence of the Academy of Sciences between them. My father worked there. He took me, for example, on a trip to the computer center, Academy of Sciences of the USSR back then. Regional military commander office where I was called and accepted to the army was next to the computer center. This is the building next door. Many things happened there ... ...More infoCross the square again to Ordzhonikidze street, you can ride a tram for acouple of stops.
This is one of the monuments of constructivism and famous building. I visited it when I studied for six months at the Textile Institute. I was not allowed to live in a dorm as Muscovite however, I visited it frequently while coming to see my fellow students (male and female). The central ramp, the giant spiral in the middle of the building is unique architectural detail of this building. When I studied there in 1986-87 there was such a terrible fashion to ride skateboard down this ramp. The speed one can reach towards the bottom of the spiral was quite phenomenal. They almost got killed. Well, imagine six or seven storeys declining ramp at high angle. I skated poorly, so did not reach such extreme speed. Guys were loose, which descends from the top down and brake of the wall at the bottom, of course. ...More infoWe go on the pedestrian area of Ordzhonikidze and cross Leninsky Prospekt, where we go for the big Stalin-style building.
Neskuchny garden (Non-boring) - it is also such a childhood patrimony area. We went to smoke to Neskuchny garden. It is unclear why it was necessary to hide so far... Nevertheless, it was so much fun. This place is not there any more, it was destroyed during the construction of the Third Ring, nothing of it remains. A hill was hanging right over the railway. It was a historic place of worship for us. The fact that it appeared in the movie. There was the spy movie "Trianon. Encryption from the other world" by Julian Semyonov. The spy in the movie made a cache using a pack of milk. We were incredibly proud when this bridge was shown on TV. A hill with car garages was on top of this place. We tried smoking on the roof of the garage being in the third and fourth grade. Then it was thought that a very helpful and nice to chew elderberry leaves from the tree that grew nearby. This was the reason for terrible diarrhea and our parents immediately understood the whole thing. I must say that I never became friends of smoking probably because it was very nasty to chew this plant. I was walked by my grandmother in Neskuchny garden when I was a little boy. She walked me through alleys, told me that this was founded is the time of Peter the Great. Of course, my intellect could not digest this info at that time – it was so long ago... I must say that I am very happy with the way Neskushny Garden looks now. It was more or less put in order. Then it was all magical and surprising. Of course, this is a very unusual and beautiful, when you see gazebos, rotundas unexpectedly among the greenery and foliage almost in the center of the city. This magic has remained to this day. The "Unexpected Accident" is even a song about it, although it is called "Central Park". Strictly speaking, Central Park is the next territory to the Neskushny Garden. But "Gorky Park" sounded too beautiful in the song. Cast Iron Lady is one of the characters in the song. This is a Swimmer sculpture standing in the garden in ridiculous posture about to jump in the cascading pool below. This pool never have water though there's just such concrete steps, so it is clear why she is so reverie. ...More infoClimb to the top of Neskuchnyi Garden.
If we go further in that direction, there was a so-called “Creation House” belonged to Writers' Union. Writers could get one- or three-day season ticket to go there to gain inspiration to write some short works. To get season ticket to go there was highly prestigious. This building is still standing there on the hill. I am not sure what is in there now. ...More infoGo down to the promenade along the river, follow bicycle path along the walk to the metro bridge. Climb the steep winding path to Kosygin street and cross it.
While I was still living in the parents' apartment at 44 Leninsky Prospect, I was next to the Pioneers Palace. It was lovely there. There was a pond, where I fell in when I was a kid, my grandmother took me out of there. Later, however, grandmother “rehabilitated” by falling into the Moscow River after a while. There was something very tragic accident. I was quite small. She was bitten by a wasp and got very sick, and she decided to wet her face with water. She went down to the river and felt into the water. It was summer, she came out, everything was fine, but it was certainly an adventure ... I went to the Pioneers Palace to engage in different activity circles. I must say that this is a very interesting building. The central square paved with special concrete lines. Pioneer units from different republics of the Soviet Union lined up along the lanes during All-union pioneer events and so on ... And in general, the All-Union line-up was very solemn thing, I have never participated in it, but I have heard. Because our windows faced directly onto the Pioneers Palace, I remember all this pathos, solemnity. I still remember this is a sense of celebration, remote speeches equalized with huge speakers. It still is layered up carefully. Wire circus, which chase flight models, still operates in the Pioneers Palace. These airplanes with small kerosene engines that fly on a string. Pilots rounded it moving around its axis. It makes a very loud sound, just as all sawmill in the world working together. Especially during competitions, it's just something fantastic. ...More infoGo back to Kosygin street and go up to the observation deck.
If you walk through the Pioneers Palace you can see many beautiful objects like the central stadium, football fields and athletics complex. Then you get to the Vorobieviy Gory (Sparrow Hills), and this is a truly heavenly place. I was skiing there with great pleasure, I must say. There we climbed on a big ski springboard, which was strictly forbidden. Moreover, the last time we climbed it was during the celebration of the Moscow 850th anniversary. There was a concert of Jean Michel Jarre at University square and my university friend and I, already adults, came there with our children and decided to climb a big ski springboard. We got in, passed all their locks since we knew the whole system since the childhood and we have done it many times before. So we got to the last level, I lean out and there are two snipers there. One of them squints at me in such a wild eye, like a stallion - I did not say a word - back down with frightening speed. Overall it was very funny. ...More infoDescend from Sparrow Hills to Berezhkovskaya embankment (you can take a ride on the "most touristic" Moscow trolley bus number 7 to the VorobievskoeShosse stop ) and turn right into the courtyard in front of the Novodevichy Convent.
"Tabula Rasa" Club - a huge chunk of my life also connected with this place. It was unique building in terms of architecture with very high ceilings, which was so good that it was even bad - we had to drown out all sorts of fabrics, because it was impossible to play. We often went there, played there, and even filmed our first video for the album "This Love". A lot of things went on there ... The song "I'm too drunk for you, madam" was written there. The song was about this specific place and fit it perfectly. I distinctly remember that the money we got for the concert was exactly enough to play a 10 billiard games and to have a few "Black Russian" cocktails. So we did and as soon as we were out of money we walked home. And it was possible since we all lived nearby. ...More infoWe go along the river bank promenade to the Kiev railway station.
House of culture named after Gorbunov
House of Culture for Railway Workers remained very long time near Kiev railway station, just in front of the luxurious Radisson hotel. It was very funny. Our saxophonist went to this House of Culture to play saxophone and guitar and we used to go there too for rehearsals. Right next to the Kiev railway station, if you look at the gable to the left was a three-story freak – building. That was a recreation center (house of culture), built in the 30s, according to the entourage. If you recall what Radisson hotel looks like - it has two wings with the insertion in the middle. I have the distinct feeling that it was only because the Railways refused to take down their House of Culture so Radisson forced to build around it somehow. He stood in front of the main entrance and the hotel had no parking, no, it was necessary to go into it literally sideways, squeezing past this House of Culture. The building stood for five years until the world bourgeoisie competed with Russian Railways to demolish the “thing” that stood in front of the main entrance, blocking it completely. Then, as time passed, and we left there already, every time I drove by, I was crossing fingers guessing how long it will last. ...More infoTake subway, switch to the circle line and go two stops to Belarusskaya station, exit to Lesnaya Street.
One of the most beautiful monuments of constructivism and one of the few buildings that survive since that time unfortunately. We came here approximately at the same time with the "Quartet E", they even somewhat earlier than us. We rented a time for performances here, then theater "Quartet E" established their base here, they rent office space, rehearsal time and 15 days a month for performances. Thus, “Unfortunate Accident" - work in Zuyev Club for somewhat 12 years. We can easily call it “the Motherland”. We spent a great part of our life in rehearsals and performances. "Den Radio" alone runs here for 13th season in a row. ...More infoThe route is over - buy tickets at the box office and come see our performance.
"Anchor" insurance company building - chekaBolshaya Lubyanka, 11
Trading house of merchant Dmitry Alexandrovich Luhmanov was in this building in the middle of the nineteenth century. "Anchor" insurance company resided in the building at the beginning of the XX century. The building housed the All-Russian Extraordinary Commission (Cheka) in 1918 and a study of Felix Dzerzhinsky (the first chief of Cheka) was on the second floor.