(, or Avtograf
) was a Soviet Russian art rock
band, considered a pioneer of progressive rock music in Russia.
The group was founded in 1979 by Alexander "Sasha" Sitkovetsky, and achieved a considerable success at the first Soviet state-sanctioned rock festival
held in Tbilisi, Georgia
with Sitkovetsky's songs 'Fasten Seat Belts', 'Ireland. Ulster' and 'Blues Caprice'. In 1982 vocalist Arthur Berkut
joined the band to finalize the lineup: Alexander Sitkovetsky
- guitar, vocals, Arthur Berkut
- lead vocal, Leonid Goutkin - bass, Leonid Makarevich - keyboards, Victor Mikhalin - drums, vocals.
Autograph was a typical for a Russian rock
band, playing more instrumental-based sound and much less symbolist lyrics. They are credited as a pioneering Soviet progressive
After a triumphal success and exhaustive touring throughout the USSR, Autograph
became the first Soviet rock-group to achieve commercial success in the West, having toured more than 30 countries. On July 13, 1985, the band - the only one to represent the entire Eastern Europe - took part in Bob Geldof
's Live Aid
concert, performing before more than 2.5 billion people worldwide (transmitted live from Moscow). The signature song they performed was Нам нужен мир
(or Nam Nuzhen Mir - We Need Peace
In 1987 the band represented the USSR in the Soviet-American concert Our Move
organized by Bill Graham
, Doobie Brothers
, Bonnie Raitt
and James Taylor
as featured artists.......