Viktor Tsoi would have turned 56 today

Viktor Tsoi would have turned 56 today

June 21, 2018 marks the 56th anniversary of the birth of singer, poet, composer, film actor, leader of the Kino group, Viktor Robertovich Tsoi. Viktor Robert Tsoi was born on June 21, 1962 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg).

From early childhood, Victor showed a penchant for drawing, so in 1974 his parents assigned him to an art school, where he studied until 1977. Victor's father is Korean, worked as an engineer, his mother was Russian, and was a physical education teacher.

Music was also one of Victor's constant hobbies. Parents gave him their first guitar in the fifth grade. While studying at an art school, he met Maxim Pashkov, with whom he later organized the Ward No. 6 group.

In 1978, Viktor Tsoi entered the Leningrad Art College. V.A. Serov on the design department. In 1979, he was expelled “for failure to perform,” after which he went to work at the plant and entered evening school.

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Later he studied as a woodcarver at a vocational technical school (SSPTU №61),after which, the distribution worked for a short time in the restoration workshops of the Catherine Palace Museum in the town of Pushkin, Leningrad Region. After that, he worked as a woodcarver in a landscape gardening trust.

In 1980, Tsoi began performing at apartment concerts in Moscow with members of the Automatic Satisfactors group. In 1981, he made his stage debut as a bass player in the Leningrad cafe “Hold”.

From these concerts in the summer of 1981, a group called Garin and Hyperboloids appeared, which included Viktor Tsoi, Alexei Rybin and Oleg Valinsky. In the fall of 1981, the group entered the Leningrad rock club. After the departure of Oleg Valinsky to the army, the group was renamed “Kino”.

His next album, named “Head of Kamchatka” in honor of the name of the boiler house, where Victor worked as a fireman, was recorded in 1984 in a new line-up: now instead of Rybin, Valinsky included guitarist Yuri Kasparyan, bass player Alexander Titov, and behind the drum set Gustav (Georgy Guryanov). In the same year, the Kino group won a prize at the second Leningrad rock festival, becoming a real sensation for the audience.

The next year of the festival, the Kino group repeated its resounding success, and the musicians decided to record the album Night, which was intended to become a new word in Russian rock music that fully meets the latest trends of Western rock artists. The work on “Night” was delayed, and instead of it, “Kino” recorded a magnetic album called “This is not love”.

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In November 1985, another change took place in the Kino group: Alexander Titov as bass player was replaced by Igor Tikhomirov. This team did not change until the very end of its existence.

1986 was the year of the peak popularity of Cinema. Her secret was unique for that time, a combination of fresh musical discoveries with simple and vital texts of Victor Robertovich. In addition, the song "Cinema" was easy to perform with a guitar, this group is obliged to thousands of "film fans", singing Tsoi compositions literally in every yard.

In 1986, the group presented the audience the album “Night” and gave a landmark concert at the joint Moscow festival of the St. Petersburg rock club and the Moscow rock laboratory. Albums of the group became increasingly popular,and the new music videos were watched by millions of viewers across the entire Soviet Union.

After the release of the album “Blood type” (presented in 1988), “cinema addiction” spread outside the USSR. The team gave concerts in France, Denmark and Italy, and the group's photos more and more often appeared on the covers of famous music magazines. A year later, “Kino” released the first professional studio album entitled “A Star Called the Sun”, and the musicians immediately set to work on the next album.

The best songs from the album “Star by the name of the Sun” made Viktor Tsoi and the group “Kino” immortal, and the composition “Pack of cigarettes” became a hit for every subsequent young generation of the states of the former USSR. In 1989, concerts of the Kino group were held in France and the USA.

In 1988, the album “Blood Type” was released and the album “A Star Called the Sun” was recorded, which was released in late 1989 - the first and last album in the history of the group, recorded in a professional studio.

In addition to musical creativity, Viktor Tsoi was also known for his works in cinema. He starred in the films “Ya-hha!” (1986, director Rashid Nugmanov), “The End of Vacations” (1986, director Sergey Lysenko), “Rock” (1988, director Alexei Uchitel) and Assa (1987, director Sergey Solovyov ).In the film “The Needle” by Rashid Nugmanov (1988), Viktor Tsoi played the lead role of Moreau.

He continued to paint as well. In 1988, at the exhibition in Leningrad of contemporary artists in Leningrad, 10 paintings were painted by Viktor Tsoi.

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In the summer of 1989, together with Yuri Kasparyan, Viktor Tsoi traveled to the USA, and in the spring of 1990 he visited Japan.

In June 1990, the last concert of the Kino group took place in Luzhniki, Moscow. After that, Viktor Tsoi went to Latvia for two months, where he was recording songs for a new album.

On August 15, 1990, at 12 hours and 28 minutes, Viktor Tsoi died tragically in a car accident, returning from night fishing to Jurmala behind the wheel of a Moskvich.

Tsoi's car crashed into a regular passenger bus "Ikarus". According to the investigation, the singer fell asleep at the wheel.

He is buried in St. Petersburg at the Theological Cemetery.

Viktor Tsoi was married; on August 5, 1985, a son, Alexander, was born into a family. The couple broke up a few years before the death of the musician, but the spouses were not officially divorced. After the death of Viktor Tsoi, the widow Marianna (Mariana) Tsoi wrote the story “The Point of Reference” about him. On June 27, 2005, Marianna passed away after a long illness.

After the death of Viktor Tsoi, the “Kino” musicians finalized and released the last album in December 1990, calling it the “Black Album”. It is dedicated to Viktor Tsoi. The Kino group has ceased to exist.

In 1992, the documentary film “The Last Hero” (directed by Alexey Uchitel), dedicated to Viktor Tsoi, was released. The filming of this movie began during the life of the musician.

In 1990, the Wall of Viktor Tsoi spontaneously appeared in Krivoarbatsky Lane in Moscow. She was filled with quotes from the songs of the Kino group. Fans of the singer gathered at the wall twice a year - June 21, the birthday, and August 15, the day of death. In 2006, the wall of Tsoi was painted over by members of the Art Destroy Project, but then re-restored by fans.

On August 15, 2002, a monument was erected in Latvia on the 35th kilometer of the Sloka-Talsi highway at the site of the musician’s death (by the artist Ruslan Vereshchagin and sculptor Amiran Habelashvili). In 2014, the monument was opened after the restoration, which was carried out with donations from rock art fans from around the world.

In the Petrogradsky district of St. Petersburg there is a museum-museum of Viktor Tsoi - “The Kamchatka boiler room”, where Viktor Tsoi was listed as a regular fireman.

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It opened in late 2003. There is a small stage in the former boiler house where the boiler is located, and the museum’s collections include the Tsoi guitar, posters, photographs, records, tickets from the Kino group concerts. In St. Petersburg, "Kamchatka" is considered one of the traditional places of pilgrimage for "moviegoers."

On November 20, 2010, a monument was unveiled to a legendary rock musician in Barnaul (Altai Krai) near the building of the Altai State Pedagogical Academy.

At the end of 2014, after several years of approvals in St. Petersburg, the draft of the monument to Viktor Tsoi was approved. The monument will be located in the southwest of the city in the public garden at the intersection of Veterans Avenue and Tankista Khrustitsky Street. In this area there is a school that the musician attended and the house where his family lived.

In the summer of 2018, Kirill Serebrennikov's Summer, a film about the early work of Tsoi and his acquaintance with Mike Naumenko (the Zoo group) and his wife Natalia, appeared on big screens. The film won several awards at the Cannes Film Festival.

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    Viktor Tsoi would have turned 56 today

    Viktor Tsoi would have turned 56 today

    Viktor Tsoi would have turned 56 today

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