Strings of the soul of Alexander Marshall
Once he preferred music to a military career and reached real heights: the Gorky Park group, in which he performed, became famous throughout the world, and all its members became idols of a whole generation. They were met at the best venues in America and Europe, fans were ready to go for musicians around the world, but Alexander Marshall for a long time was looking for his true happiness. He does not like to talk about his personal life, too often he had to lose and start all over again.
He was born in the village of Korenevskaya in the family of a military pilot instructor and dentist. The family lived in a military town, and my mother, who was incredibly fond of big cities, dreamed of her son growing up and becoming a waiter in a posh restaurant somewhere in Leningrad, going between tables in a bow tie. The father did not support the wife’s wishes and advised Sasha not to pay attention to the thoughts of his mother.
Together with his father, Alexander, still in his school years, was fond of music, made his first semblance of a bass guitar, leaving four strings on it and adjusting the speaker. But after graduation, he nevertheless entered, like many military children from their town, at a military school and was to become a navigator.
True, already in his third year, he realized: music takes too important a place in his life. He began to write dismissal reports, which the platoon commander invariably tore. Then the young man simply stopped attending classes, spent time at the guardhouse and still managed to get expelled from school. But after that he went straight to the military service.
There he began to play in two ensembles at once, and after demobilization, having stayed in his parents’ house for only a week, he went to the army musician friends in Crimea.
It seems that it was then that his life spun at an incredible speed. He needed a residence permit in the Crimea, and a girl friend suggested that Alexander Minkov (real name of the performer) enter into a fictitious marriage so that she had legal reasons to register him in her apartment. True, a fictitious marriage soon grew into a real one, only the young people did not feel any feelings for each other.
When, after some time, Alexander was invited to audition in Moscow, he went, taking with him only a change of clothes and a toothbrush, because he knew for sure that he would not be taken to any ensemble, and he would return to the Crimea, where he was so well. But suddenly the bass player was accepted, things were handed over to him in the capital by train, and soon his wife came to her husband in Moscow. But they were too different to coexist for a long time together. The marriage broke up, then Marshall met another girl who almost put an end to his future musical career.
At that time, the Gorky Park group had already been created and the musicians were planning to travel abroad, they were going to at least conquer America. When Alexander Marshal broke up with the girl and was actively preparing for his departure, he was suddenly called to the KGB and showed a letter from his ex-girlfriend.
She notified the authorities that, in fact, Marshall was not going to tour, but to emigrate and stay in the States forever. Fortunately, the KGB officer got quite understanding. He asked the guitarist several questions, took a promise from him to bring him a portable tape recorder, and tore the statement written in Marshall.
In 1987, Gorky Park went on a tour to America. By that time, Alexander Marshall was already in a civil marriage with a new girl who later came to him in the United States, became pregnant and returned to the Soviet Union, where she gave birth to a daughter, Polina.
The girl did not have the opportunity to live with her husband in the USA, as the musicians were on the road all the time. Soon she met another man with whom she created a real family. True, she never forbade her daughter to see her father.
Alexander Marshal met Natasha during that significant tour, when Gorky Park in 1988 performed on the same stage with the legendary band Scorpions, which was touring then in the Soviet Union. But then there was no flash of lightning and love at first sight. However, she was not there later, when Alexander Marshall came from the USA six years later and saw Natalya in one of the clubs.