Contemporary author’s song. This concept denotes a whole stage in the development of Russian poetry of the twentieth century, its last decades. In the author’s song, you can note many currents, trends, literary traditions. I will list the most famous names of the authors-performers: Ada Yakusheva, Julius Kim, Vladimir Chernov and, of course, Yuri Vizbor, Yuri Kukin, Yevgeny Klyachkin, Novella Matveeva, Alexander Gorodnitsky. There are many common motives in the work of these poets. They are related by the similarity of the lyric hero: a romantic, a dreamer, a tramp with a backpack and a guitar, whether it’s a geologist, a tourist or a builder of new cities. One can not help saying a few words about the very famous prose writer and poet Bulat Okudzhava whom I loved.
Their themes seem to be all-inclusive, the heroes of his works have no number. In any song story Vysotsky important to reveal, first of all, the world of personality, human nature. And the brightest of all
A special place among the poet’s works is occupied by parable songs based on allegory. So, the song “Hunting for wolves” is written not so much about the beast as about a man brought up in the system of restrictions and prohibitions: Having shielded our freedom with flags, Bute confidently, for sure. Our legs and jaws are fast – Why, the leader, give the answer – We hunted rush to the shot And do not try – through a ban?! The same philosophical overtones can be found in other, at first glance, just amusing and comic songs of Vysotsky, for example, in his reflections about why the Aborigines ate Cook: and therefore they ate that he was the most intelligent, kind and strong – so so the aborigines are accepted. But who knew these aborigines, the reader-listener easily. In the song “Parable of Truth and Lies” – the author’s uneasy reflections on the eternal sources of life, expressed through allegories,
Creativity of poets – authors and performers of their songs, such as bards of the “first call” B. Okudzhava, V. Vysotsky, A. Galich, became one of the brightest pages of Russian poetry of the last decades of the XX century. In conclusion, I will mention a few more names of the authors-performers: A. Makarevich, B. Grebenshchikov, V. Tsoy, Y. Shevchuk. But this is another artistic phenomenon.