Newsletter   # 28, July 2011  

"Hello Europopmusic fans..."


Our feature on 1968 is starting to attract attention. And also additional information. We already anticipated that we would not able to sketch the complete picture in a few lines but our recent visit to Prague thought us that there were elements we just had to mention. A protest singer like Karel Kryl was mentioned but as we learned from Czech music lovers his influence was much bigger. His song 'Děkuji' is even used in the exhibition at the Communism museum. Also the book 'Rock around the bloc'; by Timothy Ryback I dug up from a 2nd bookstore gave extra information. So just a month after publiciation we already had to make an update.

But we also continue our journey through 1968 with Germany. A seperate section for East and West since the Wall was still very much in effect at that time. In that sense it's just a matter of time untill the financial crisis in Europe will have it's effect in music. Greece already has it's first statement.

This month we also pick up on our 'Producers' theme with Marc Hollander. Owner of the Belgian Crammed label and celebrating it's 30th anniversary this year. So congrats to them.

We wish you a great summer and leave you with the reviews and articles for this month. As always, enjoy!


  1968 in Europe, focus on West & East Germany  


As said on our introduction page we define European pop music by the unique social-cultural elements present in each European country. Language is the main focus but sometimes these elements can also be found in the instruments or arrangements that are being used. In describing the individual music scenes we also found that the political situations in a country were often of influence on the development of a musical identity. Like a match held to a can of gasoline. Especially one year seems to form a turning point, even a starting point for many countries to develop a local pop/rock scène. It was a year that Europe burned with riots and student protests. That year was 1968.

Probably one of the most violent events took place in West germany when, during a protest against the regime of the shah of Iran, Benno Ohnesorg was shot. In the undertow things were already brewing in Germany with the establishing of anarchistic communities like Kommune 1. The commune idea was copied by musical groups of which Munich's Amon Düül would play a key role in the development of not only German rock but also Continental European prog-rock as a whole. Go to the article.

Meanwhile in East Germany things looked calm on the surface. But underneath things were brewing. The SED party had such a strong hold on things that real mass protests were rare. Also compared to the western neigbour the focus in the GDR wasn't on getting towards a socialist state but getting away from it. Go to the article.

  The producers: Marc Hollander  


Who made the Europopsound? Who were the persons behind the mixing desk responsible for those typical European sounds? In our series ‘The producers’ we investigate the persons in the studio who lurked in the shadows twiddling the buttons, coached and guided the musicians, came with brilliant ideas for the project in question and supervised the whole mixing and mastering process. In a year when his label Crammed Discs celebrates it's 30th anniversary we zoom in at Belgian labelboss and music lover Marc Hollander. Read on.



In this newsletter...
Latest album reviews
Newly added artists pages
1968 in Europe
Greek governement banned by Loïzos-estate
Josipa Lisac speaks

The Producers: Marc Hollander


  Latest album reviews  


  Veronica Maggio:
Satan i Gatan
La terra degli aquilano
Due Soli
Jokin on muuttumassa
Greek governement banned by Loïzos-estate

The financial problems of Greece now also have bumped into musical restistance. In an open letter to the PASOK governement Myrsini Loïzos, daughter and heir of Greek songwriter Manos Loïzos, forbid the party to use his song "Kalimera Ilié kalimera" (Goodmorning Sun Goodmorning) at their gatherings. She writes:"the song expresses the view and hope on better times. But you are responsible for the biggest debacle a country can endure. You took all the hope from us. You'll probably say that it is not in my power to forbid you this and that the song belongs to the people. But that is exactly the point, you have nothing to do with the people". Meanwhile, at a show in Brussels, George Dalares critized the EU office nearby with the comment that 'little countries are becoming the victim of bigger interests. He called it pure barbarism.

Josipa Lisac speaks: "People said I was abnormal"


When somone has been in the music scene for 42 years it is easy to mistake and think that everything we know about her. But when it comes to Josipa Lisac that might turn out different. In 2010 and part of 2011 Josipa Lisac perfomed with the Ulysses theatre group in the improvised play 'Pijana novembarska noć 1918´. Croatian newspaper Nacional caught the singer and asked her some intimate questions about her motivations doing a theater piece and more. Read on.

  Newly added artists pages  

We add new artists pages to our website regurlarly. Recently added artists pages (click to link directly to the page):
Karat (Germany)
Kent (Sweden)
Le Orme (Italy)
Goran Karan (Croatia)

  Any comments?  

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