Update 09/11/08: I received a very nice mail from Jelena in Dubrovnik, who is operating a web-site about Tereza Kesovija. The web-site is really great and shows a lot of pictures from Tereza`s long career and a big discography with scans from her records on Yugoton and other labels. At 70 Tereza still looks wonderful and seems to be full of energy and power. I hope to be like that when I`m her age…
This one looks even more strange and obviously I picked it because of the kid on the cover. I don`t know what he is protesting against but it was probably not against the communist dictatorship. Being a kid, I bet he had a lot of other good reasons.
Die letzte Gelegenheit, für alle, die unsere Comicstrip-Ausstellung im Neurtotitan noch nicht gesehen haben: Finissage am Samstag, 13. September ab 19 Uhr. Ich lege nebenbei auf meinem Mono-Plattenspieler ein paar kleine Platten auf und serviere Cracker. Kommt doch mal vorbei…
My girlfriend Julia and I spent two nice weeks on vacation in Croatia on the Dalmatian coast. We mostly stayed at a little former fishers village called Bratus, went swimming and got a tan only from staying in the shade because it was so hot. We had a great time.
Before we went to Bratus, we spent a couple of days in Split. Always on the look-out for records, I asked the first people when we left the plane at the airport. As usual everybody was clueless. But I kept my eyes open and on our second night in Split, while we were looking for a place to eat I spotted a used book-store. Julia said:” Alll-right!” and I went for a quick look inside. No records. I asked but they didn`t know of any used record stores in Split. On my way out I asked if there was another used book-store nearby. Yes, there was one and some friendly customer from the store even took us there. The other book-store didn`t have any records either. I asked about old records and the owner didn`t know anything but just by coincidence a customer said, yes, he knew of one place and he had been planning to go there right now! That nice man was Miro Zupa and he lead us to a thrift-store in the basement of a side street that we would never have found by ourselves. It didn`t even have a sign. It was still very hot and the owner of the shop was sitting outside in a cafe and let us go into his shop by ourselves. By that time we were both very hungry but luckily Julia was very patient with me and I came away with 20 records for 6 euros!
This is a record from the Split music-festival 1968. Arsen Dedic was a big star in Yugoslavia as were the orchestra leader Stipica Kalogjera and the beat-group Grupa 220. The song “Razgovaram S Morem” (conversation with the sea) is a swinging soul/pop/beat number, sort of Tom Jones meets Karel Gott. I think it`s a beautiful song and I can`t get it out of my head. Listen!
More records from former Yugoslavia next week…
One more by krautrockers “Joy Unlimited”. This record was given to me by “Auge” from the Berlin Comics-Library “Renate” who grew up in the Eastern part of Berlin. When he gave it to me he said:” You know, there was East-German Rock in the West too!”
As I`ve written elsewhere music with a “purpose” tends to compromise the “artistic” side of it. Much like the East-German rock music that needed to have a “message” that pleased the communist powers, advertisement records in capitalist West-Germany needed to sell their “message”. In this case “Joy Unlimited” obviously had no problem rockin` out for the Deutsche Bahn, the state-owned German railroad.
With funny results listening to it today…
JOY UNLIMITED, Go easy, Go Bahn, 1973
JOY UNLIMITED, Komm mit in die Welt, 1973
In time for the start of the Olympic games in Beijing here is a record that was made for the Olympic games in Munich in 1972. Once again I bought this in the little thrift-store in the street where I live for 50 cents.
Apparently the record was only a small part of a very ambitious project: a multi-media play/performance/opera for speakers, singers, choirs, two pop groups, actors, technicians, projections, films, big plastic works and multi-channel sound tapes that took place August 26. to September 9. 1972 at the site of the Olympic games in Munich.
The play “Hymnus 2 – Tomorrow after the fire” was made by composer Dieter Schönbach and director Pavel Blumenfeld who had collaborated on similar projects before. Schönbach is widely regarded as Germany`s leading exponent of multi-media art starting in the mid-sixties. The sleeve was designed by artist Edmund Kieselbach who also collaborated with Schönbach.
The two most striking things about the record and the booklet however are the inclusion of krautrockers “Joy Unlimited” and the highly political content.
“A resistance movement begins with nothing or almost nothing, it is barely more than a band at first or a remote, isolated commune, and needs time, plenty of time until it grows into a state, and, at the end, into the state.”
The guys who made this had a lot of balls bringing leftist politics and straight-forward criticism of Capitalism onto a big stage and to an audience that needed to hear the message the most: unsuspecting people who wanted to see the Olympic games. On top of that they managed to get big companies like Kodak and Aral to finance the project and Polydor to release the record. Things were different in 1972…
“Joy Unlimited” are well known for recording a seminal krautrock LP with “Joy Fleming”. This is the band after Joy left. There is no information however who exactly played in the “Multi-Media Band”. The cool thing though is that they set Allen Ginsberg`s famous 50s beat-poems “Holy Holy” and “Racks” to music.