Boris Golovin

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Boris Golovin
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Boris Golovin, early 80s
Background information
Birth name Boris Golovin
Born (1955-05-26) 26 May 1955 (age 67)
Sverdlovsk (Yekaterinburg), USSR
Genres folk rock, rock, world music
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, poet, novelist
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1976–present

Boris Golovin (Russian: Бори́с Голови́н; IPA: [bɐˈrʲis ɡəlɐˈvʲin]; born 26 May 1955) is a Russian singer-songwriter, musician, poet and novelist. Golovin published his first book of poetry in Moscow in 1987.


1975–79. Moscow State University, faculty of journalism.

1982–87. Maxim Gorky Literature Institute, faculty of poetry.


Poet, singer-songwriter.

Literary movement

Neoclassicism, modernism

Since the late 1980s readers have ranked Boris Golovin's poetry as one of the more influential in the neoclassical movement. But the poet himself has often emphasized that, strictly speaking, the word 'neoclassical' suffers from tautology. Classical poetry as such descends from the Golden Age; its distinctive and unique feature artificially fits in the remote past and the future, evermore new and old simultaneously. This idea is close to Albert Einstein's statement, that our being does not exist at all, there is only past and future permanently flowing into one another. Boris Golovin has always strongly declined any association with literary grouping.


Titles and honours

  • 1990. First Prize at the competition of poets and bards which took place at the Central House of Writers, Moscow.
  • 1995. Second Prize at the All-Russia Television Competition of Bards. The competition was transmitted on the 1st channel of State Television and on the International Channel as well.

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