Arthur Meschian


Arthur Meschian is often referred to as one of the greatest Armenian musicians, artists and poets of our time. Many still hold memories of live recordings of Meschian and Apostles in the late 60's and 70's recorded on boom-boxes. They began as three architecture students at Yerevan Institute of Technology -- the Apostles quickly rose to become the voice of a generation. Amalgamating Armenian gospel with rock rhythms, the band left an unforgettable impression on their audience. Those were the times of suppression and Soviet censorship. The voices of the Apostles, like many in that era, were heavily muffled and even banned. Yet repetitive attempts of the governing powers to ban or sabotage the band's concerts by shutting down the electricity, or blocking entrances of the concert venues, were in vain. Some still remember the candlelit concerts where Arthur's voice soared over his acoustic guitar and reached every person in the back row clear as day. Nor will they ever forget the sight of thousands of students breaking though police barricades to get into concert halls where the Apostles were performing. Still the band managed to find ways to avoid the red tape. In 1970, the Apostles performed a theatrical piece The Insane Asylum, which quickly became recognized as the first Armenian rock opera. Then they went on to tour a number of Soviet Republics, playing at college campuses across the USSR. In 1975, while still with the Apostles, Meschian was commissioned by the great Ca...

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