In fact, it is hard to imagine the iconic Soviet rocker any other way than the way we remember him -- young and iconoclastic, clad in black jeans and a T-shirt, wild unkempt black hair flopping around, guitar in hand.
Tsoi, who died in a car accident on August 15, 1990, at the age of 28, would have turned 50 today.
Like all iconic figures who die young, Tsoi remains frozen in time -- a reminder of a more hopeful era.
Looking at old clips of him now, it's hard for anybody who was in the Soviet Union during perestroika not to feel at least a bit nostalgic.
It's fitting that a new generation of protesters in both Russia and Belarus have adopted his song "Peremen" (Change) as their anthem.
"A Song Without Words"
"Close The Door Behind Me, I'm Leaving"