Viktor Robertovich Tsoi ( 21 June 1962 – 15 August 1990) was a Soviet rock musician, leader of the band Kino. Biography Tsoi was born in Leningrad, Soviet Union and was the only child of Valentina Vasilyevna Tsoi and Robert Maximovich Tsoi . Tsoi attended secondary art school from 1974 to 1977. After exclusion of underachievement of Art College named after V. Serov Tsoi entered into SGPTU - 61 for the specialty "woodcarver.« In his youth he was an admirer of Mikhail Boyarsky and Vladimir Vysotsky , and later Bruce L ее. At the age of 17, Tsoi began writing songs. Tsoi went to underground concerts of Leningrad rock musicians. After a Boris Grebenshchikov solo concert he returned with Grebenshchikov on an elektrichka train from Petergof to Leningrad and played two of his songs to him. Grebenshchikov , who was already a relatively established musician in the Leningrad underground scene, was very impressed by Tsoi's talent and took him under his wing and helped him start up his own band. This signaled the beginning of Tsoi's rock music career. In 1982, at their first annual Rock Concert that Viktor Tsoi made his stage debut. He was playing as a solo artist supported by two Aquarium members. Tsoi's innovative lyrics and music impressed the crowd. Shortly after the concert he recruited other musicians and they formed Kino, which in Russian means "cinema". They recorded a demo tape at Tsoi's apartment. This tape was quickly passed around Leningrad, then all over the country by rock enthusiasts. Kino began to gain a following. In 1982, Kino released their first album 45. This album first showed Tsoi's willingness to approach political topics in his music, something few other artists were willing to do. In 1982, Tsoi met Marianna, who he married in 1985. She was a source of support and family for Tsoi, giving birth to their son Alexander (Sasha) on 5 August 1985. Death and aftermath While in Latvia, on 14 August 1990, Tsoi finished recording the vocals for Kino's next album. He was supposed to travel back to Leningrad so that his band mates could record its musical score. Early in the morning of 15 August, Viktor Tsoi was driving on the road Sloka - Talsi from a fishing trip when his Aleko collided with a bus outside Tukums at high speed. Tsoi died instantly. On 17 August, Komsomolskaya Pravda, one of the main Soviet newspapers, had the following to say about Tsoi and his meaning to the youth of the nation: Tsoi means more to the young people of our nation than any politician, celebrity or writer. This is because Tsoi never lied and never sold out. He was and remains himself. It's impossible not to believe him... Tsoi is the only rocker who has no difference between his image and his real life, he lived the way he sang... Tsoi is the last hero of rock. The tape which contained the only recording of Tsoi's vocals for the next album was recovered and the surviving members of Kino recorded the music to the album, which was christened Black Album as a sign of mourning for the fallen singer. The album became the band's most popular creation and solidified Kino's place at the top of Russian rock's history and Viktor Tsoi's as its greatest hero and legend.. Tsoi is alive! Tsoi wall - the wall on the famous Arbat street in Moscow, which admirers of Victor Tsoi wrote out the words “Kino", "Tsoi is alive", quotes from songs and declarations of love musicians.