Published 25 January 2013
January 25 marks the 75th anniversary of the birth of singer, poet, and actor Vladimir Vysotsky, who died in 1980 at the age of 42. Vysotsky is remembered throughout the former Soviet Union as a satirical critic of the Soviet regime during 1960s and 1970s. Despite being labeled as subversive, his songs spread widely through bootleg recordings, and he starred in dozens of plays and movies. Here is a look back at Vysotsky’s life in music, film, and theater.