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One of the most famous of Russian choirs is Bolshoy Children Choir of the Central TV and Radio of the USSR It is the only one that competes in popularity with the Red Army Choir
Recently I have found an very interesting documentary about tragic destiny one of the great star of this choir Sergey Paramonov:
The talented child star never adapted after his voice changed. The system was pretty cruel and after exploiting a young start for five years or so (like in John Kenneth Galbraith's quote "Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite"). After that he has left on the street with no money to sustain himself after he cannot perform anymore. But psychologically he already cannot be anything but a star and probably need help pf a psychologist to adapt. But nobody prepared him to the evitable changes and that trauma lead to chronic alcohol dependency and early death. Still his best performances will long bring people joy and happiness:
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