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The Kino group was destined to become a rock legend, not only in the homeland of this musical style in England, but in the Soviet Union, moreover, from the 1980s. The team got into the cultural mainstream of that period. After the death of the frontman and vocalist of the group Viktor Tsoi, the collective ceased to exist, but this huge empty musical niche still remains empty.

Timeless music
The relevance of the group is beyond doubt, new generations accept and understand the work of “Cinema” in their own way, but invariably replenish the ranks of age-related fans of the collective. This is the rare case when the music is out of time and space, and the formed image and style of the group over the years is perceived more meaningfully.

The contribution of the Kino group to the history of a country that has long existed turned out to be enormous – the most popular songs are sorted into quotes, the walls are still covered with the phrases “Choi is alive”, and teenagers wear T-shirts and backpacks with the name of the group. Viktor TsoiNo these are all external manifestations, deeper – intellectual – shifts occurred when the group had just begun to get out of their tenants on the legal stage.

It is said that a new wave of Soviet music rolled from the Neva banks, where such a phenomenon as “movie mania” arose. The cultural capital of the USSR in the 1980s gave rise to a universal style of communication between young people and everyone whose thoughts were not drugged by propaganda. It was interpreted rock music, quickly encompassing strong and immature minds. It was transformed English classical rock that was at the heart of Kino music, and not Russian, as it is now called. The musicians of the group were brought up on the best examples of musical style from Misty Albion.

The Godfather of Grebenshchikov
The creation of the Kino group took place at a time when the echoes of the Moscow Olympics only subsided in St. Petersburg. Young people – Alexei Rybin and Viktor Tsoi – often visited the famous rock musician Mike Naumenko and punk rocker Andrei Panov (Pig). Victor at that time was the guitarist of the group “Ward No. 6”, and Alexey played in the band “Pilgrims”. Panov’s parents were famous ballet dancers, later his father emigrated and sent his son money, for which he bought more or less decent equipment. It was on her that Panov’s group “Automatic Satisfiers” rehearsed, periodically joined by Tsoi and Rybin. Together they listened to forbidden western records, went to the capital to play rock music in Artemy Troitsky’s apartment. The Kinoi group arranged real rock sessions in St. Petersburg.

At one of these performances, the guys met Boris Grebenshchikov, who quickly realized that their work was not just a breath of fresh air, but also a whole new wave. Grebenshchikov offered his young people their help and support in recording their debut album.

And while it was summer, he was drawn to the warm sea and Victor and Alexei, taking Oleg Valinsky with them, went on vacation to the Crimea, where they created their own group called Garin and Hyperboloids, by analogy with the famous novel by Alexei Tolstoy.

Returning to their native land, the group continued their performances and lodgers, and a couple of months later became a member of the legendary Leningrad rock club. Trips, rehearsals, illegal concerts of “Garina and hyperboloids” continued without Oleg Valinsky. He was drafted into the army, and he never returned to the group. And in the spring of 1982, Choi and Rybin decided to change the name of their collective to the only word “Cinema”. It became happy for them.

Debut 45 minutes
In the studio of the House of the Young Technician, young musicians set about creating their debut album, which was helped by Andrei Tropillo, who is called the first Soviet producer, and, of course, Boris Grebenshchikov. The musicians of the Aquarium group also took part in the recording. In the summer, work on the album was completed. The music sounded for 45 minutes, the film team therefore the name of the album received the corresponding – “45”. This record began to disperse across a huge country, fans passed it from hand to hand, multiplying the popularity of a young but worthy team. They started talking about the group in different circles, more often they invited them to apartments and “tours” to Moscow.

The next album “Cinema” was recorded in the studio of the Maly Theater under the guidance of sound engineer Andrei Kuskov. Among others, the compositions “Spring” and “The Last Hero” were recorded, but Victor Tsoi did not like something on this record, and he took the magnetic tape, although he did not destroy it.

Did not get along
In the winter of 1983, “Kino” performs along with “Aquarium” in a rock club, performing “Aluminum Cucumbers”, “Trolleybus” and “Electric Train”. Then at the rehearsal of the group began to come guitarist Yuri Kasparyan. Of all the candidates for a vacancy in the team, Tsoi chose him, although, according to Boris Grebenshchikov, he did not really know how to play. Tsoi’s intuition did not disappoint, and a few months later Kasparyan proved that they could not find the best guitarist.

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