Music / Vladimir Vysotsky
Высоцкий, Владимир Семёнович. Если друг оказался вдруг....

Vladimir Semyonovich Vysotsky (1938 to 1980) was a Soviet singer, poet, and actor, or "bard" (often considered the greatest of the Soviet bards). He started out acting in Hamlet and Life of Galileo, but soon fell out of official favor due to the material in his songs. While the Soviet government encouraged positivism in music, Vysotsky preferred to sing about the harsh realities of life, always strumming his seven-string guitar. Several of his songs appeared in movies, and throughout the late 1960s and the 1970s he was popular underground. He died in 1980 of heart failure brought on by drug abuse, and over a million people lined the streets of Moscow at his funeral. He has been compared to Alexander Pushkin, Bob Dylan, and Jacques Brel.


  • Алиса в стране чудес / Alice in Wonderland (1977) [2 vinyls] — Musical play, an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, with Klara Rumyanova, Vladimir Vysotsky, Vsevolod Abdulov. Lyrics and music: Vladimir Vysotsky
  • Le Monument (1995) [CD]
  • Le Vol Arrêté (2000) [CD]
  • Wir drehen die Erde (1993) [CD]
  • Lieder vom Krieg (1995) [CD]
  • Песни/Songs (1980) [LP] Melodiya. Collection of songs published shortly after his death.
  • Sons Are Leaving For Battle (1987) [double LP] Melodiya. War songs. Archive recordings from between 1960-1980.
  • На концертах Владимира Высоцкого / At Vladimir Vysotsky's concerts.
  • Marina Vlady / Vladimir Vysotsky (1996) [CD] [Melodiya]
  • MP3 Kollektsiya: Vladimir Vysotsky [So Lyd Records]
  • Platinovaya Kollektsiya: Vladimir Vysotsky (2003) [2 CDs]



  • Crapsack World
  • 100% Adoration Rating: He was popular among all classes. Refined intellectuals liked him for his talent and cleverness. Working class liked him for his masculinity and brutal honesty. Career criminals liked him because he composed many criminal underworld songs (alongside more refined stuff though songs by Vysotsky were head and shoulders above that genre). He was also loved by communist and KGB apparatchiks, of course.
  • Protest Song
  • Rated M for Manly: Many characters in his songs, and the man himself. In the 70s, he was considered an iconic image of Russian masculinity.
  • Vodka Drunkenski: Was battling with alcoholism for many years.
    • and failed
    • still he was killed by drugs not vodka.

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