Title of the article:

ETHICS AND AESTHETICS OF RUSSIAN ROCK (as exemplified by K. Kinchev’s creative work) 


Dmitry I. Ivanov

Vladimir V. Varava

Information about the author/authors

Dmitry I. Ivanov — PhD in Philology, Associate Professor, Professor of the Institute of Russian studies, Xi'an International Studies University, South Wenyuan Road, Xi'an Guodu Education and Sci-Tech industrial development zone, Shanxi province, 710128 Xi'an, PRC. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1492-0049. E-mail: Ivan610@yandex.ru

Vladimir V. Varava — DSc in Philosophy, Professor, Professor of the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Baryshevskaya Grove, d. 22, apt. 210, 108831 Moscow, Russia. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7811-5452. E-mail: vladimir_varava@list.ru


History of Arts




Vol. 61


pp. 345–356


May 15, 2020

Date of publication

September 28, 2021



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 The paper deals with the analysis of ethical and aesthetic aspects of Russian rock by the example of the work of one of its prominent representatives Konstantin Kinchev. The authors suggest that Russian rock poetry is an organic and distinctive element of the large text of Russian culture, reflecting its deep typological characteristics. This is primarily a synthesis of literature and philosophy with a prevalence of moral issues. The mutual transition between the ethical and the existential, which is characteristic of Russian philosophical culture finds its highest embodiment in the work of K. Kinchev. From this point of view, the paper  addresses some important aspects of the rock poet’s creative career, which are characterized by very strong spiritual conflicts, manifested in such topics as a painful search for truth, rushing from darkness to light, immersion in infernal areas, etc. The paper shows that these states are necessary for generating of a full-fledged art world, which is unthinkable without such contradictions. Thus, the authors debunk traditionally reduced and openly negative image of the representative of rock culture as a carrier of aggressive and destructive principles. The feeling that a poetic gift of the creator makes him a part of the divine being, and, accordingly, morally responsible for each word spoken comes to be important for all the work of K. Kinchev. As the paper identifies this is an essentially religious concept of artistic creation, rooted in the ideas of N. V. Gogol.


K. Kinchev’s work, rock poetry, Russian literature and philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, the search for truth, existence, the spiritual principle.


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