The Legacy of Viktor Tsoi
Who is Viktor Tsoi? A recent documentary explores this question for Westerns unfamiliar with the frontman of the iconic Russian band, Kino. Watch the informative short down below, or here.
According to Louder than War, “in the Russian-speaking world, the name of Viktor Tsoi is emblematic of Perestroika and a turning point in rock music…[as] the “unofficial hymn of Perestroika, Peremen / Our Hearts Demand Changes, [by Kino] has remained an anthem for those fighting for freedom.”
The article also notes Tsoi’s friendship with Joanna Stingray who smuggled Kino’s music from the USSR to the United States, “eventually featuring Kino on Red Wave: 4 Underground Bands From the Soviet Union.” Alongside this, the article shares images from Tsoi’s exhibition at St. Petersburg’s K-Gallery, showcasing never-before-seen art from his widow Natasha’s collection.