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Best author songs: from history

Today, many highbrowed aesthetes have divorced, who, having barely heard the singing under the guitar, grin squeamishly and displeasedly: they say, fi, some kind of author’s song! And they really don’t know how to play, and there is no voice, and the texts are primitive with rhymes such as “bonfire-mosquitoes”. They are not even aware that just a few decades ago it was the author’s song that kept part of the Soviet intelligentsia from complete moral degradation. To exist in a totalitarian state without a breath of freedom is unbearable. Bards became such a “sip”.

NOT EVERY AUTHOR IS REAL! Of course, strictly speaking, the name of the genre is strange. After all, any song is author’s. But yes not so! Still, a pop song, as a rule, has as many as three authors – a poet, composer and performer. And they love this song either for poetry, or for music, or thanks to the performer. But with a song with a guitar, everything is fundamentally different. There are three in one – the author of poetry, accompaniment (I do not intentionally write music, not everyone has the appropriate musical education, and someone does not even know the notes) and the performer. The reason for the popularity of the author’s song in 60-70 years. last century – in its ingenuous and naked sincerity. The singing authors were also wonderful poets, and the guitar for them is just a way to strengthen, reinforce the impression of a living word.

WELL, IT IS NOT SAME SO DIRECT! One of the founders of the genre is Bulat Okudzhava. Many of the best author’s songs were written by him. Some sound in movies, and by no means in the author’s performance (“The White Sun of the Desert”, “Star of Captivating Happiness”, etc.). One of the most popular to this day is the “Georgian Song”. The author himself, however, pointed out that this was only a stylization. But what a! Details themselves: “grape seed”, “warm earth”, “vine” – as if written out and taken from nature. And the “blue buffalo, and the white eagle, and the golden trout” under the feather of Boris Grebenshchikov transform into a “fire-lion”, “a blue ox full of eyes” and a “golden eagle of heaven” with an unforgettable look. Bulat Okudzhava “Georgian Song” Another funny incident related to Okudzhava’s song: they decided to translate it into Estonian, called the author and asked: “What kind of Lazo do you mean? The one that the Japanese burned in a firebox? ” It’s interesting why the pop singer Yuri Loza didn’t come to their mind – it seems that the surname is more suitable for the sound cover …

DO NOT TRUST, Damn … Sergey Nikitin once joked in such a way that the bards are those who are not doing their job. However, there are exceptions. Alexander Gorodnitsky – “physicist” and “lyricist” in one person. Academician, navigator, author of many scientific works, as well as a poet-citizen. Alexander Gorodnitsky “On the Mainland” Several of his early songs firmly became folk. And here, too, could not do without “overlays”, to which you do not even know sometimes how to relate. For example, the song “On the Continent” entered the flesh and blood of former prisoners so tightly that when the author again visited the Arctic, they did not believe him and almost put him “on knives”.

WHO SAID THAT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE ?! Alexander Galich – a special figure in the author’s song. Professional writer, filmmaker, successful playwright. Once he could not stand it and spoke in a loud voice. One of the first songs of this kind was Error. Here is her background. In 1943, near Narva, a counterattack of the Soviet troops was hastily prepared, timed to coincide with the anniversary of the “father of peoples” – Stalin. It did not just fail — it failed miserably, and was paid for by tens of thousands of the lives of ordinary soldiers. It is strange that the former veterans subsequently took up arms against Galich for the song, even calling him a “literary marauder.” But the point was that in 1962, on the site of bloody battles, they organized a drunken and magnificent government hunt – in honor of the leader of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro. That is what Galich rebelled against – mockery of the memory of the dead … Alas, prophets in their Fatherland are rarely greeted during their lifetime. Alexander Galich “Error”

WHAT IS DRINKING THERE … Far from always the songs are subject and reflect real events. The all-Union fame of Vladimir Vysotsky began with the film “Vertical”. And the first song of the film – “Song of a friend” – is written on the basis of real events. A professional climber L. Eliseev told the bard about them. However, the song, like the best author’s songs, is just a bunch of real events and emotions. Vladimir Vysotsky “Song of a friend” By the way, other critics also strove to understand “Song of a friend” literally, asking: “Why was he standing there drunk on top?” And they didn’t know that the “intoxicated” was not a synonym for the “drunk”, that in the mountains there was its own nature and style of relations between people. ALMOST ALWAYS HEALTHY! .. Finally, one of the last truly folk songs in 1980 was written at the lecture by physical education student Oleg Mityaev.

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