Dedicated to memory of Igor Talkov...

This is the short English version of the site dedicated to Russian singer, poet and composer Igor Talkov (1956 - 1991). One was created to tell people who cannot read Russian about this amazing person. We hope you will find the site useful and interesting.

Towards the end of the late 1980s, there emerged a new kind of music hero. He became famous thanks to the very beautiful lyric song "The ponds called Clear Springs". Apart from lyrical songs Igor Talkov sang political songs and undoubtedly social and political songs are most important themes of his works. He started the movement known as Patriotic Rock, grabbing the hold of the music charts with his hit "Russia" perhaps the best of all his songs. Igor Talkov was uncompromising and hard, he spoke his mind clearly, letting everybody know just what he thought of the government and the Party. He sang too straight forward, maybe without that little spark of irony that might have been needed in such a fight. As Igor Talkov used to say himself, his whole life was one giant battle. Talkov never lived to see the true results of that battle of his, murdered with a single fatal gunshot in the fall of 1991, right before his concert, before an appearance on stage. The prophetic words of "I Shall Be Back" were whispered by thousands of people at his funeral.

I would not play a prophet,
But know for sure that I shall be back,
Perhaps a hundred centuries from now,
To see not a country of fools,
But that of Geniuses -
And, fallen in the battle,
I shall rise and sing again
On the occasion of the First Birthday
Of the Country
That will have come back from the War.
                  Igor Talkov, "I Shall Be Back"

           (Translated by Arthur Barsky)

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