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Kino (Кино) - General

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Uploaded on Jan 1, 2010

Sorry for the break, I'm back, continuing my series on underground rock from the Soviet Union.

This is Kino, one of the most legendary bands from the Soviet Union with the song General. Kino was formed in 1981 in Leningrad by Viktor Tsoi as a punk rock act called Garin i giperboloidy. This tune is taken from their second album "Nachalnik Kamchatki", released in 1984, when they still where a underground band. They later went on to become one of the most well-known bands in the Soviet Union when Mikhail Gorbachev lessened the restrictions on rock performances and they where allowed to perform outside the rock club in Leningrad.

Frontman Viktor Tsoi died in an car crash in 1990 in Latvia while recording parts for their last album. The news of his death caused literally thousands to rush out to the streets, crying and singing Kino songs, having a similar impact as the deaths of John Lennon and Kurt Cobain had in the Western world. The master tapes of the album survived the crash and was finished by the rest of the band. The album was released without any name, but was given the name "The Black Album" by the fans because of the simplistic black cover. Even today It's common to see the the frase "Tsoi zhiv!" (Tsoi lives!) on walls around in Russia, aswell as in the former Soviet republics.

Kino is one of my all-time favorite bands and as a tribute to the band, I've painted "Цой жив!" on the back of my uniform jacket.

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