Vladimir Vysotsky, a Russian Cultural Legend: A Talk by Dmitry Bykov


Dmitry Bykov

Vladimir Vysotsky: a Russian Cultural Legend
Thursday, January 24 • 5 – 7 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
RSVP: bykov_talks_vysotsky.eventbrite.com
Accompanying exhibit on display in Geisel West, 2nd Floor through March 22

Vladimir Vysotsky. Photo Credit: Igor Palmin.

Vladimir Vysotsky (1938-1980) was a singer, songwriter, actor, and poet — a giant in Russian popular music and popular culture alike. Vysotsky was an icon of the 1960s and continues to unite the Russian-speaking diaspora.

In commemoration of what would have been Vysotsky’s 80th birthday, the UC San Diego Library is hosting an ongoing winter quarter exhibit on the late singer’s life and legacy. Included in the exhibit is a commemorative medal on loan from Riga, Latvia in appreciation of the university’s ongoing relationship with the Russian-speaking diaspora community.

Dmitry Bykov, Moscow-based scholar, novelist, and poet will discuss Vysotsky’s life, work, and legacy. The lecture and exhibit are jointly sponsored by the UC San Diego Library; the UC San Diego Institute of Arts and Humanities; Jewish Studies; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program; and the San Diego-based European Staff Association.

Dmitry Bykov is a celebrated Russian writer, poet, and journalist. He is a well-loved host of television and radio programs in Russia, and is the co-creator, with Mikhail Yefremov, of the popular Citizen Poet project, which presents contemporary Russian topics in the form of classic poetry. His fiction writing includes the novels, Justification (2001), Orthography (2003), How Putin Became President of the USA: New Russian Fairy Tales (2005), Living Souls (2006), X (2012), and The Block: A Walkthrough (2014). He has published biographies of Boris Pasternak, Maxim Gorky, and the singer-songwriter, Bulat Okudzhava, as well as several collections of essays and poetry. He lectures widely in Russia and abroad.

For more information about the event, please contact the event coordinator, Mariah Fellows.

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