Newsletter Bookmark and Share   # 31, November 2011  

"Hello Europopmusic fans..."


We almost made a tradition of commenting on the 'not-so-European' MTV Music Awards with a blog complaining about the complete hegenomy of Anglo-American artists and the lack of support for European popmusic unless it comes from the UK (and no, David Guetta does not count although he's French). But we would be repeating ourselves, you can check our old blogs on the website. And MTV isn't about music anyway anymore so why bother.

Because you've got us! To keep you posted on musical news from Europe. And we even restyled out homepage to fit your demands even better. You'll now see easily what the main background (historical) feature is, what the latest reviews are and you can easily navigate to old feature articles. The coming period we'll restyle the magazine section of the website into this new lay out. The encyclopedia will remain the style you're used to. Mainly because restyling over 300 entries is a bit too much to ask.

In this edition of our monthly update we again zoom in on 1968, this time in Italy. And of course we're warming up for the holiday season with a first selection of compilations you can suprise your friends and loved ones with.

As always enjoy this editions reviews and articles!


  1968 in Europe, focus on Italy  


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.

The more we dig into 1968 the bloodier and more violent things we find. When you thought Spain was bad, things in Italy got even more grim. The riots started in Rome in 68 set a wheel in motion in which extremist groups to the left and right caused for a socio-political turmoil and a wave of terrorism plunging the country into the Years of lead (Anni di piombo) in the seventies. Musically there is a lot to be enjoyed however. The incidents caused for enough material to write and sing about and protest against. Italian progrock saw it's birth during 68 and set a firm mark on Italian rock in the decade to come. But being political wasn't without danger as some protest-singers found out the hard way. Go to the article.

  Holiday season means compilations  


The holiday season is coming up and traditionally that mean...? You guessed it, the recordcompanies come up with a selection of compilations fit for anyone's taste and stocking. And as always they add one or two new tracks to make it worthwhile for the fans who want to have everything. In France you can grab the Etienne Daho compilations 'Monsieur Daho' packed with live-tracks, new mixes and old duets. If you like it more alternative you can catch the compilation of Louise Attaque 'Du monde tout autour' or if your fancy is the French diva Mylene Farmer pick up her compilation including the new single 'Du temps'. For some good old German rock get Rammstein's 'Made in Germany 1995-2011' accompanied by the single 'Mein Land'. You can buy that collection in three versions with the deluxe one filled with video material, pictures and remixes. Singer Veronika Fischer took another route and re-recorded the highlights of her career for 'Zeitreise'. In Italy you can look for the collection by poprock band Le Vibrazioni called 'Come far nascere un fiore'. If this is not radiofriendly enough for you you can always check the hit collection of Dutch millionseller Marco Borsato who compiled his no. 1 hits (called No. 1). And we could continue forever this way. So be sure to ask Santa (or Sinterklaas for the Benelux readers) to fly over the European mainland and pick up some goodies.

  Spanish Ye-Ye compiled on Chicas!  

We already zoomed in on Franco's Spain last month but then the new Vampisoul 'Chicas' ended up on our desk. We hardly ever review compilations but this one is too interesting to ignore. It gives a nice insight into Spanish sixties music and Spanish Ye-Ye. Starting with 'Cha Cha Twist' of teen star Margarita Sierra in 1962. Compiler Vicente Fabuel got a free hand in the archives of the Belter label to browse and compile an impressive cross section. Most striking is that the tracks from before 1965 largely come from outside Spain. Only in 1965 Concha Velasco scores a hit with 'La Chica Ye-Ye'. A song which unfortunately is missing on this compilation. It was the moment that Franco could not stop the development of a local popscene. Fabuel fortunately did find some very rare songs by the queens of Spain Ye-Ye, Marisol and Gelu. And what about obscure singles by Vainca Doble, Ellas and Encarnita Polo. The unknown Lia Uyá may close this collection with Three Dog Night cover 'Mientes' (originally called 'Liar'). Well worth a search on Ebay. Or just buy this CD and get many treats for a few pesetas.



In this newsletter...
Latest album reviews
Newly added artists pages
1968 in Europe
Camille speaks
Justyna in new art-house movie

Anne Linnet speaks about the death of her mother
Compilation round-up
Chicas! back to Spanish Ye-Ye


  Latest album reviews  


Wir sind am leben
Omdat ik dat wil
  Lovisa Negga:
La cuenta atras
  Jean Louis Murat:
Grand Lièvre
  Housse de Racket:
Camille speaks: "I like things stripped down"

On a sunny autumn afternoon, at 6B, an enormous creative space in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis, Camille received a clutch of journalists in her starkly empty studio. She likes things empty, she started off responding grudgingly, before launching into full swing. Her fourth album,' Ilo Veyou', which she put together while she was pregnant, is a good indication of what makes her tick: organic, authentic art, stripped down and impulsive, strewn with happy moments large and small. For RFI Anne-Laure Lemancel was present to ask the ecclectic French singer some questions about the why and what of this new album. Click here for the interview on the website of RFI musique.

Justyna stars in new movie by Macieja Michalskiego: "Kanadyjskie Sukienki"


Polish singer Justyna Steczkowska will star in a new movie by director Maciej Michalski called 'Kanadyjskie sukienki' (Canadian dresses). The film takes us into the world of a Polish village from the 80's. On the birthday of Sophia, they await with anticipation of the arrival of Amelia and Thaddeus - daughter and her husband who have lived for 10 years in Canada. Amelia herself unexpectedly arrives. Moving in the past we get to know the real reasons for her departure escape from the desired ideal of the whole family. We will learn the brutal truth about her father and why she conceales herself in front of Sophia untill the last moment, and this is only the beginning of the intricate history of the family. The film will hit the Polish art house cinema's very soon.

Anne Linnet tells about the death of her mother


What is it that you lose when your mother dies? Christine Antorini, Ritt Bjerregaard, Hanne-Vibeke Holst and Anne Linnet, all within a short time lost their mothers. In the book they share experiences and experiences and talk about grief and loss, but also about good memories and comical situations along the way. And not least, identifies the special bond that exists between mothers and daughters.

  Newly added artists pages  

We add new artists pages to our website regurlarly. Recently added artists pages (click to link directly to the page):

Camille (France)
Bajaga i Instruktori

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