Alexander Barykin was born on February 18, 1952, in Beryozovo (Khanty-Mansia). He was a young boy when his parents moved to Lybertsy, a suburb near Moscow. While still in school, Barykin sang and played guitar in an amateur band called Allegro. He went to musical school and then earned a degree in the classical vocal program at the Gnesins Musical College.
In the 1970s, Barykin was a member of the VIA bands Moskvichi (1973 — 1974), Vesiolie Rebiata (1974 — 1976, 1978 — 1979), Samotsvety (1976) and Jemchug (1976 — 1978).
In August, 1979, Barykin collaborated with the guitarist of Samotsvety, Vladimir Kuzmin to organize a new band called Carnaval. It was considered to be the first Russian band to embrace new wave. Carnaval combined a range of styles and influences, including glam rock, rhythm and blues, and white reggae on the base of Russian melodic. In 1982, Kuzmin has organized his band Dynamic, and Barykin became the single leader of Carnaval. In 1985, the band experimented with pop rock (and after the album Rock'n'roll Marathon passed to this style). In 1989, they released a pure rock album Hey, Look! and broke up soon thereafter.
As member of Carnaval, Barykin released 15 albums, including 3 releases with the Soviet recording monopolist Melodiya, 5 compilations, and 1 live album at Moroz Records (see Discography of Carnaval). In 1990, Barykin started a successful solo career (in the beginning as a pop singer) and subsequently released 13 albums (see Discography of Alexander Barykin).
Barykin is considered by many as a father of Russian reggae. (See in External links Video № 2 and Video № 4 from second row and Video № 1 from third row).
A number of Russian musicians and songwriters were influenced by Barykin. For example, the reggae styled hit of the band Chaif Argentina — Jamaica 5:0 was made in a style reminiscent of Barykin. In 2008 he sang the cover version in the TV show Superstar. Vadim Nikolayev: "I regretted that it isn't Barykin's song almost ten years. But it became his song — at least for me" (Notes About Russian Rock).
In the 1990s, Barykin began to experience problems with his vocal chords. After Islands (1996), Barykin did not release any new songs for a period of four years. After that period, he recovered and was able to continue his solo career.
Near the end of his life, Barykin had reconstituted Carnaval together with such ex-members as guitarist Andrey Vypov, saxophonist and flutist Valentin Ilyenko, drummer Alexander Filonenko, and bass player Petr Makienko, with whom he played in Jemchug.
Barykin had three children: Georgy Byrykin (born in 1974, also known as Georgy Barykin, singer, songwriter, the musician, he played on a guitar in the accompanying band of his father), Kira Byrykina (born in 1992, adopted in 1995), and Yevgeniya Barykina (born on April 10, 2006) from his second marriage with singer Nelly Barykina (maiden name was Vlasova).
Barykin died of a heart attack on March 26, 2011, in Orenburg after a concert. He was 59 years old.
Discography of Carnaval
- "Sudden Impasse" (music by Vladimir Kuzmin, lyrics by Igor Kokhanovsky)
- "Empty Word" (music by Vladimir Kuzmin and Vladimir Matetsky, lyrics by Igor Kokhanovsky)
- "Now I Know" (music by Alexander Barykin and Vladimir Kuzmin, lyrics by Igor Kokhanovsky)
Vladimir Kuzmin (ex-Nadejda, ex-Samotsvety), lead vocals (2), lead guitar, keyboards, violin, flute, vocoder (2), back vocals (1, 3)
Alexander Barykin, lead vocals (1, 3), rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, back vocals (2)
Evgeny Kazantsev (ex-Vesiolie Rebiata, ex-Samotsvety), bass, back vocals
Vladimir Boldyrev (ex-Modo), drums
1981 The Superman
1983 The Actor (live)
1984 Radio (CD 2003)
1985 Steps. Title of other edition is The Spare. (LP, Melodiya, CD 1996, Moroz Records)
See also David Tukhmanov
1985 When We Fall in Love
1986 Rock'n'roll Marathon
1987 Bouquet (LP, Melodiya, CD 2003)
1989 Hey, look! (LP, Melodiya, CD 1996, Moroz Records)
1996 Lifebuoy (CD, compilation, Moroz Records)
1996 Airport (CD, compilation, Moroz Records)
1997 Carnaval & Alexander Barykin (CD, compilation in the cycle Legends of Russian Rock, Moroz Records)
1997 Sudden Impasse (CD, compilation, Moroz Records)
1997 I Will Ride My Bicycle Far (CD, compilation, Moroz Records)
2001 Live in Kuybyshev (CD, recorded in 1982, Moroz Records)
1986 Single (Igor Nikolayev's songs)
1991 Blue Eyes
1994 Festival Robin Hood in Lytkarino (live)
1994 Russian Beach
1995 It's Never Too Late
2002 Pray, Child!
2003 River and Sea
2004 Now I Know (live)
2008 Rocket from the South (Alexander Barykin & Dub TV)
2009 Rock (Latin block letters) Ne (Russian block letters) Star (Latin block letters) (the game of words — Not a Rock Star or Rock Isn't Old)
2002 Star Carnival (starring Alla Pugacheva, Alexander Malinin, Dmitry Malikov, Tatiana Bulanova, Vitas, Rondo, Christina Orbakaite, Alexander Marshal, Andrey Gubin, Tatiana Ovsienko, Nogu Svelo!, Premier Minister, Mikhey & Jumanjie, Georgy Barykin, Sasha Posdnyakov)