eath is worth Living,
And Love is worth Waiting...
There is something strange in the popularity of KINO - all success
and fame came to the group when it had been almost forgotten and split.
The catalyser of a new wave of KINO-mania appeared to be the release
of the group's album 'Blood Type' in spring, 1988.
Originally was created by Victor Tsoi and Alexei Ribin in autumn, 1981.
The debut took place next spring at St.Petersburg's Rock-Club together
with Akvarium and ZOO
when the group released its first album '45'. Then the group moved to Moscow
and disappeared from the music arena.
But in 1984 KINO re-appeared again with a new program. They
performed live at the 2nd St.Petersburg's Rock-Festival where they
made a real sensation. Since then KINO was awarded several
prizes in 1984, 1985 and 1987.
The group consisted of
The songs of KINO take the listeners by their fresh and original
tunes and the lyrics by Victor Tsoi consist of romantic moods in
combination with real life pictures. They reflect a young man's inner
world and are full of kind humour and often bitter irony which
characterises V.Tsoi's poetry very well. His late lyrics are full
of the need to act but not to sit and wait hoping to change this world.
Victor Tsoi (guitar, vocal)
Yuri Kasparyan (guitar)
Alexander Titov (bass) - was replaced by Igor Tikhomirov
Georgi Guriyanov (drums)
KINO took a short part in S.Solovyov's movie 'ASSA' in 1989 with their
song 'We're waiting for Changes'. They also starred in the other movies
such as 'Rock', 'The City' and 'The Niddle' by R.Nurgmanov where
Victor Tsoi had a lead role.
The group started performing at various festivals and concerts both within
the country and abroad (in Denmark, as part of 'Next Stop' movement,
in France, at Rock-Festival in Bourshe and in Italy, at the festival
of Russian Rock 'Again in USSR'). In 1989 the group released their LP
album in France.
On 15 August, 1990 Victor Tsoi died in a car accident.
In 1991 'Melody' studio released the memorial album of KINO -
'Black Album' where the songs from the group's rehearsals were performed
by V.Tsoi just before he died.
Currently on Arbat Street, in the centre of Moscow, there is
The Wall of Victor Tsoi with his photos and lyrics all over the
place. His fans and friends are always there, his songs are in the air
and candles never stop lighting keeping his memory alive ...