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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 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]
  • MP 3 Kollektsiya: Vladimir Vysotsky [[[So Lyd]] Records]
  • Platinovaya Kollektsiya: Vladimir Vysotsky (2003) [2 CDs]



His songs features examples of:

 Giraffe is big, and he knows best.

The one thing that is better than heights, is the height that I haven’t yet reached!

Not a friend, not a foe, - just so

"If you don't reply, we'll write to Sports-Lotto"

"We have few real psychotics, so there's no one to lead us."

"A thief must be jailed!"

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