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Vladimir Semyonovich Vysotsky (Russian: Влади́мир Семёнович Высо́цкий, 25 January 1938 – 25 July 1980) was a Soviet Russian singer, poet, and actor, or "bard". He is 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, Jacques Brel and Georges Brassens.


  • 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]


His works features examples of:

  • Death Mountain: Invoked in several of his songs. The mountaineering was a recurring topic for him.