Высоцкий, Владимир Семёнович. Если друг оказался вдруг....
Vladimir Semyonovich Vysotsky (1938 to 1980) was a Soviet singer, poet, and actor, or "bard." 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 ArrÍtť (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]
His songs features examples of:
- Ace Pilot
- Animate Inanimate Object: Vysotsky has songs from the point of view of a wrecked ship, a fighter plane, a statue, a singer's microphone...
- Bad Ass: Sharpshooter, "Five Hundred"
- Bad Ass Crew: Black Jackets, "Horizont shines as daggers blade..."
- Bad Ass Creed: "Black Gold", "Penal Battalions"
- Ballad of X
- BSOD Song: "Only Neither, Only Nor"
- Butt Monkey: Main characters in "The con Vasiliev and Petrov the con".
- Card-Carrying Villain: "Space Scum March"
- The Everyman
- Grief Song: He didnít come back from the battle
- The Gulag
- Hilarious in Hindsight: In the "Masquerade Ball" song (1963), character's wife compares herself to French actress Marina Vlady. In 1969, Vysotsky got married to real Marina Vlady.
- How Much More Can He Take: Sentimental Boxer's Song
- Memetic Mutation: A lot, since his songs (and movie roles) are quite quotable:
"If you don't reply, we'll write to Sports-Lotto"
"We have few real psychotics, so there's no one to lead us."
- Morality Ballad: too many to list
- Murder Ballad: "Private Borisov", "Spades not Hearts".
- Ripped from the Headlines: "Mao Zedong" and other songs denouncing Communist China
- Signature Song: "Song About a Friend"
- Suicide By Cop: "Ballad of Triangle Envelope."
- Tear Jerker: "He hasnít returned from the battle", "Wooden Suits", "The Ballad of Departing for Heaven"
- Very Loosely Based on a True Story: "Agent 007" song is very loosely based on Sean Connery's visit to Soviet Union in 1969.
- Villain Song: "Army Group Centre", written from the POV of Those Wacky Nazis