Song of the Arbat (1959)
Description: Okudzhava’s classic song about his childhood neighborhood, the Arbat, an old and crooked-laned section of Moscow that would soon fall victim to urban renewal. Now one of the toniest sections of Moscow, it features a statue the bard who sang its praises.
Song of the Soldier’s Boots (1957)
Description: Having fought and been wounded in the war himself, Okudzhava was able to capture the true emotions and responses of men and women to fear and loneliness. The stark honesty of this guitar poem was spread across the Soviet Union on home-made tape recordings.