A TRIBUTE TO TSOI

VICTOR TSOI IS A RUSSIAN CULTURE AND ROCK LEGEND. BORN FROM SOVIET-KOREAN PARENTS, TSOI GREW UP IN LENINGRAD AND GOT KICKED OUT OF SCHOOL AT THE AGE OF 15. HE STARTED TO WRITE AND PRODUCE MUSIC AND BY THE RIPE AGE OF 17, TSOI BEGAN TO TAUNT THE SOVIET GOVERNMENT WITH CAREFULLY CHOSEN LYRICS AND ROCK TUNES. NOBODY KNEW ABOUT HIM THOUGH BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT CENSORED HIS MUSIC FROM THE PUBLIC BUT HE CONTINUED TO MAKE MUSIC. HE JOINED THE BAND KINO YEARS LATER, AND THEN BEGAN HIS ACCENT TO FAME. THEIR SONGS DURING THE GORBACHEV ERA VOICED THE YOUTH’S IDEAS OF CHANGE AND THEIR HOPE TO END THE SOVIET INVOLVEMENT IN AFGHANISTAN. TSOI AND HIS BAND EVENTUALLY TOURED EUROPE AND THE U.S., BUT EVEN WITH ALL THE FAME TSOI STILL WORKED IN A BOILER ROOM WHEN BACK IN RUSSIA TO PAY THE BILLS, AS KINO’S RECORDS WERE SOLD FOR FREE (IN THE NAME OF SAMIZDAT OR REVOLUTIONARY PRACTICE). I FIRST HEARD TSOI IN MY FRIEND’S CAR, ON OUR WAY BACK FROM A TRIP TO THE GREAT CHICK-FIL-A. SHE EXPLAINED HIS PAST WHILE LISTENING TO THE SONG “SUMMER” AND THE NEXT DAY WE BROUGHT A PICTURE OF TSOI TO OUR RUSSIAN CLASS. OUR PROFESSOR SMILED IN EXCITEMENT, AS HE FOUGHT IN THE SOVIET ARMY AND REMEMBERED TSOI’S SONGS FONDLY. TSOI SADLY DIED AT THE EARLY AGE OF 28 BUT HIS MUSIC LIVES ON AND HELPS ALL OF US WHO ARE LEARNING RUSSIAN. THANK YOU TSOI!

 

Bless Your Ears for a Moment

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