Posted tagged ‘Cold War’

The History of Punk Radio Show #8

2014/12/01

Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 17 November!

1. The Clash (London) – “Know Your Rights” (Live)
2. The Subhumans (Vancouver) – “Firing Squad”
3. Dead Kennedys (San Francisco) – “Holiday in Cambodia”
4. Dead Kennedys (San Francisco) – “Kinky Sex Makes the World Go Round”
5. Gang Green (Braintree)– “Kill a Commie”
6. The Minutemen (San Pedro) – “Political Song for Michael Jackson”
7. Bad Religion (Los Angeles) – “New America”
8. Fugazi (Washington DC) – “Turnover”
9. Propagandhi (Portage la Prairie) – “Note to Self”
STATION ID – GLEN MATLOCK
10. Worst Days Down (Edmonton) – “Born in the USA”
11. Banshee (Edmonton) – “Raoul Found a Dead Dude” (Live)
12. Ben Disaster (Edmonton) – “See you Next Spring”
13. Single Mothers (London) – “Womb”
14. Still Life (Edmonton) – “Safe as a Hospital”

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The History of Punk, Class #7

2012/06/19

The Edmonton Free School
Saturday 23 June 1:30PM
Location: Humanities 1-14, The University of Alberta
All-Ages, All-Welcome

“Not All Quiet on the Western Front: Punk in Eastern Europe during the Cold War”

During the Cold War, Western music had subversive implications for Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. In this seminar, we will examine what happened when the punk got through the Iron Curtain. Specifically, we will look at Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and the USSR. We will also look at what happened when the Eastern Bloc variants of punk traveled to the West.

Just like last week, we’ll start with a short lecture, and then transition into our intellectual picnic format – so bring food to share if you can!

Readings:
Tomáš Pospíšil, “Making Music as a Political Act: or how the Velvet Underground Influenced the Velvet Revolution”
“Hungary Scene Report” Maximum Rocknroll #39
“Hungary Scene Report” Part II
Czech Scene Report – Maximum Rocknroll #42 November 1986
“Radio Free Lithuania” Flagpole Magazine
Dropping the Iron Curtain
“Personal Expression vs. the Powerful’s Repression”

Playlist:
The story of The Plastic People of the Universe
Plastic People of the Universe – ‘Podivuhodný Mandarin”
Plastic People of the Universe – “Slavná nemesis”
DOA – “General Strike”
Beats of Freedom Trailer
Dezerter – “Szara Rzeczywistość”
Bix – Saves Neapgausi


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Top 5 Tragically Hip Songs to Teach a Canadian History Class with

2011/02/04

As every good Canadian knows, there’s three important ingredients necessary for retaining citizenship in the Great White North:

1) A love for ice hockey
2) A love for snow
3) A love for Tim Horton & his coffee
4) A love for the Tragically Hip

Okay, so that’s 4, but as you notice, math isn’t on the list. And that last ingredient, a love for Gord Downie and the gang in the Tragically Hip, may be what really separates us from our freedom loving friends south of the CAN/AM border. Cause I’ve been there before, and there’s lots of people there that like coffee, snow, and hockey, but have never heard of the song “New Orleans is Sinking” – and New Orleans is in America, for pete’s sake!

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Important Historical Sources

So I thought that in light of this, if I were ever to teach a course on Canadian history, the best and most accessible way to do it would be in Tragically Hip song form.

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Dropping the Iron Curtain

2010/12/29

Nowadays, American bands don’t just influence American bands. American bands also influence British bands, Canadian bands, Australian bands, heck, American bands influence at the very least bands all over the world, if not also in places that aren’t even planets, like Pluto. (sorry Pluto)

The same was the case during the Cold War. Despite the USSR’s official rejection of western culture, all things American were slipping through the Iron Curtain. Music was no stranger to this transmission into Eastern Europe and the USSR. Musicians picked up from acts like Iggy Pop and the Stooges, the Velvet Underground, and of course later punk bands like the Talking Heads. I know this to be true because I read about it in a fanzine called Flagpole Magazine, from Athens, Georgia.

BIX

In 1991, a band called BIX came across the Atlantic to perform across the United States. They were from Lithuania, a country that had just declared independence from the Soviet Union. Already veterans of playing throughout Europe, and at a short 1990 US tour including a stop at the New Music Seminar in NYC, BIX was back for their second tour of America.

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Making the World Safe for Punk Rock

2010/11/11

doa_talk_action_=_0Before Blink 182, Nirvana, Rancid, Green Day, Pennywise, NOFX,  or the Offspring, there was D.O.A.

Before bands and the wider independent music community created a network that enabled bands to survive on the road and (almost) make money, there was D.O.A.

Before it was trendy for musicians to support environmental causes because it could increase their own popularity, there was D.O.A.

Before the Iron Curtain fell and bands didn’t play in Eastern Europe, there was D.O.A.

Joey “Shithead” Keithley

On the frontlines of punk rock since the late 1970s, the Vancouver band D.O.A. has been playing music, touring the world, supporting political causes, and developing alternative cultural institutions….mostly all out of a broken down van. D.O.A. has gone through many changes over the years, but the one person that has stayed steadfast, loyal and true is Joey “Shithead” Keithley. Not only that, but he’s written a book.

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The butter’s on the wall

2010/10/05

Germany has been in the news a lot in the last week, and all because of the most important of subjects – HISTORY.

For one, they finally paid back all the money they owed France and the other sore winners of the First World War. It’s already 92 years since the fighting stopped, but WWI is now officially over.

For two, it’s been 20 years since West and East German got back together after several decades apart. It’s such a big deal that even Russian president Medvedev said congrats

Although there is all this talk of history and conflict, there is one name missing in all the chatter that really deserves to be mentioned. And that name is, of course, Dr. Suess. (more…)