“And Lenin is so young ...” - the history of the song
In the song piggy bank of the star spouses Pakhmutova and Dobronravov there is no such song that would not be familiar to the Soviet listener! But neither “Tenderness” nor “Team of Our Youth” received as much criticism as this one ... It should be noted that it sounded from completely different sides. Today we will talk about a song about "young Lenin and young October" ...
History of creation
Before talking about the history of the creation of the cult composition, we suggest recalling its creators - the spouses Nikolai Dobronravov and Alexander Pakhmutov.
Nikolai Dobronravov is a famous Soviet and Russian songwriter. He is also the author of many hits of his wife, Alexandra Pakhmutova.
Alexandra Pakhmutova is a true legend of Soviet and Russian composer art. Her music was the most in demand in the Soviet Union, for which in 1984 Alexandra was awarded the title of People's Artist of the USSR!
Together, this couple created timeless hits that are still loved and listened to with trepidation ... These include the compositions “Hope”, “Tenderness”, “Our Youth Team” and, of course, “And the battle continues again”!
The song was written specifically for the closing ceremony of the seventeenth Congress of the Komsomol (1974). Actually, at this event, the future hit sounded for the first time ... But who exactly gave him the sound is not exactly known. But on the disc, released in 1975, the composition was performed by Iosif Kobzon!
Subsequently, Alexandra Pakhmutova recalled that the song was recorded simply in emergency mode! So, Kobzon, together with VIA Pesnyary, even had to sacrifice sleep ... But it was worth it!
However, on television, apparently, Lev Leshchenko was much more favored! For it was he who performed the song in the final of the festival "Song-75"!
As mentioned above, for the first time a song about “young Lenin and young October” was heard at the congress of the Komsomol, after which ... it was banned. Despite the ideological alignment of the work, the officials hurried to present various kinds of claims ... And not only with regards to the text of the song, but also to the music! It was a real nonsense for Pakhmutova's entire career ...
Alexandra Pakhmutova: “It’s just that we didn’t fit the stamp: it was customary to perform solid, measured works at party congresses ... But we had a Komsomol congress - young, very energetic people! So I decided to compose a fresh, uplifting song! And she did not lose: the Komsomol members really liked it! But the censors considered her too crazy ... "
“... I didn’t change anything! I have never made a tragedy of any of my songs being banned! I think that everything should be treated more philosophically: if not today, then fortune will smile tomorrow!
Actually, Alexandra Pakhmutova was absolutely right in this! The song "And the fight continues again" found recognition after just a year and a half! It remains relevant to this day...
Versions by other artists...
In addition to Lev Leshchenko and Joseph Kobzon, Leonid Smetannikov became a well-known performer of this hit:
The most modern popular covers include the version of the Novosibirsk trio SILENZIUM:
And here is the composition performed by Yegor Letov (Civil Defense group):