Much of Vladimir VysotskiiÊs enormous popularity throughout the Soviet Union arose from his audienceÊs appreciation of his humorous songs. The current studyÊs primary focus is on the relationship between these songs and the Soviet State. It explores his use of satire and examines the connection between VysotskiiÊs comic songs and Russian jokelore culture, examining how they construct Russian masculinity. It also contains an analysis of certain themes in VysotskiiÊs works in order to discern the ways in which his satires are a response to Soviet totalitarianism and to what degree they consist of universal carnival themes.
- Soviet Power
- Vladimir Vysotskii