Victor Tsoy – founder, lead singer and songwriter for the rock group Kino (“Cinema”), and one of the most famous and most popular figures in Russian rock – was born 50 years ago, on June 21, 1962. He died just two months past his 28th birthday, on August 15, 1990, in an automobile accident, having fallen asleep at the wheel of his Moskvich on a road outside Riga.
Tsoy departed this world at the ideal age for a rock hero. He had been just barely older than several legendary rock idols taken from us when they were 27: Brian Jones, Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison.
Time takes its toll, and it is considerably easier to imagine a greying Hendrix, mellowed by age, than it is to consider a 50-year-old Tsoy. Even those who follow these things find it hard to believe that Tsoy would have crossed half a century of life this year.
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