Vladimir Vysotsky – Featured Musical Artist
Vladimir Vysotsky was an iconic Russian actor, singer-songwriter and public figure. An anti-establishment singer of the 60s and 70s in the former Soviet Union, his opposition to authorities resulted in periodic bans of his songs. His stardom and his influence, as a voice of the people and an agent of change, was unparalleled. He was Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, James Dean, Frank Sinatra and Billie Holliday — prophetic, poetic, iconic, tragic — all in one, larger than life.
An alcoholic workaholic, he died while asleep at his home in Moscow on 25 July, 1980. Two million people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of his coffin. His numerous fans across Russia and the world continue the tradition of memorial concerts and gatherings on the 25th of July every year. His flower-adorned grave at Vagankovskoe Cemetery in Moscow is a sacred site of pilgrimage for his fans.
Vladimir Vysotsky’s remarkable voice and style has been a lasting influence on Russian actors and musicians. Though he was ostracized and continually hounded by the Soviet officialdom, he achieved remarkable fame during his lifetime and remains a towering figure in Russian popular culture.