Cross Currents in Russian Literature, Film and Music
Monday, August 8, 2011
Vysotsky in New York
Here's a wonderful interview with Vysotsky and Dan Rather for 60 Minutes in 1976. It was an "unauthorized" visit, as Vysotsky had only been granted a visa to France to spend time with his wife, Marina Vladi. The two then flew to Montreal, Canada, and onto New York, where he met up with Brodsky and other expatriated Soviet dissidents. But, as Vysotsky states in this interview, he didn't consider himself a dissident, and had no intention of seeking asylum. He soon returned to the Soviet Union.