Dina became his young nymphet muse. She was acquainted with Matisse and Picasso. Upon Maillol's death she became his sole heiress - he bequeathed her all his collections, gallery and so on. Dina Verni's songs appeared in USSR in 1970. Of course they were illegal. Nobody knows why Dina decided to sing thieves' slang songs - songs of the gulag she had never been in. Many Russian fans think she sang about her own experiences, but this is erroneous.
Dina went to Moscow only in 1959. Stalin was by then dead but the USSR was still a very strict communist country. Many creative people returned from camps of the gulag. Yuz Aleshkovskiy wrote song "Okurochek" ("cigarette butt")...
There were Alexander Galich and Bulath Okudzhava... Moscow affected Dina Verni very much. But her imressions were negative. She was used to chic French salons.
No liberty, no official art - she decided not to return to the USSR. But she decided to record a new collection - of russian chanson songs. Afraid of the KGB, she had to learn all the songs by heart and so she did: 24 songs were taken abroad. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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