Pushkin House's day-long tribute to iconic 80s frontman Viktor Tsoi
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Acclaimed music critic Artemiy Troitsky speaks on Tsoi's life, work, and lasting influence.
Artemiy Troitskiy is a Russian journalist, music critic, concert promoter, broadcaster, and an academic who has taught classes on music journalism at Moscow State University. He was born in Yaroslavl, then in the Soviet Union. In 1988 he was described in the New York Times as "the leading Soviet rock critic".
In 1986 Troitsky was one of the organizers of the "Account No. 904" rock concert, modelled on Live Aid, to raise funds for the victims of the Chernobyl disaster, the first such concert in the Soviet Union.
Currently Troitsky is living in Tallinn, Estonia and works as a lecturer in Tallinn and Helsinki.
Viktor Tsoi is regarded as one of the pioneers of Russian rock. Few musicians in the history of Russian music have been more popular, or had more impact on their genre than Viktor Tsoi and his iconic post-punk band Kino. Tsoi created a plethora of artistic and musical works including two films and ten albums, before his untimely death in 1990.