Vladimir Vysotsky

Soviet singer-songwriter and actor (1938–1980)

Vladimir Semyonovich Vysotsky (January 25, 1938 – July 25, 1980) was an iconic Soviet-Russian singer, songwriter, poet, and actor. He was a Jewish[1] and Russian. His career had an large and lasting effect on Russian culture.[2]

Russia made a stamp of Vladimir Vysotsky in 1999

Vladimir Vysotsky had many talents and is often described by the word "bard" (бард). This word had a special meaning in the Soviet Union. Vysotsky was never happy about this. He thought of himself as an actor and writer. His work was largely ignored by the official Soviet cultural establishment. He had remarkable fame during his lifetime. Today, many of Russia's popular musicians and actors try to be like him.

Vysotsky died in Moscow of a heart attack, aged 42.


  1. "Высоцкий с Воровского / Владимир Высоцкий / Люди искусства / Знаменитые киевляне / Древний город / Главная". Archived from the original on 2009-09-08. Retrieved 2009-08-31.
  2. Biography of Vladimir Vysotsky

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