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Alexander Rosenbaum



Александр Розенбаум (September 15, 1951–) is a Russian-Jewish chanson bard from Saint Petersburg, well-known for his jaded voice, touching lyrics and bald head.

Rosenbaum graduated from the Pavlov Medical School in 1974, and worked in the medical field for four years. His musical education consists of piano and choreography courses at a musical school. In 1968, while still a student, Rozenbaum started writing the songs for which he is famous. His early songs were for student plays, but he soon also wrote for rock groups and performed as a singer-songwriter (starting in 1983, sometimes under the pseudonym “Ayarov”).

Among his most famous songs are the ones about the Soviet-Afghan War, Cossacks, and the Jewish mafia in Odessa. Songs such as “Gop-Stop” (a comedy about two gangsters executing an unfaithful lover) and “Waltz Boston” are popular in various Russian social groups, and numerous generations.

Rosenbaum accompanies himself on either a six or twelve string acoustic guitar, using the Open G tuning (adopted from the Russian seven string guitar).

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