Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I was busy off-line over the weekend (among others, a don't-try-this-at-home style cutting down of a dead tree), and am too tired for a real selection here... I'll show one.

I'm not better disposed to local music than nanne to Dutch, what I like is usually older. One is the rock opera István a király ( = Stephen the King) from 1983. Note this was then a big event with sublime politics: it's superficially about Hungary's first Rome-recognised Christian king's rise to power after defeating his pagan uncle. But while Stephen argues about the need to fit in with the big Western powers and their ways, but it appears the 'freedom-fighting' pagan uncle is the real hero (e.g., West = Soviet Union, Stephen = Kádár and the communists).

What I chose doesn't involve the uncle, only pagans: Áldozatunk fogadjátok ( = accept our sacrifice), in which the táltos (pagan priest) is impersonated by Gyula "Bill" Deák, a half-footed rocker and blues singer (his first solo begins 1:25 in).

(Sorry for video quality, I didn't find better than this video from a 1990 concert I happened to attend too).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Mar 30th, 2008 at 03:07:51 PM EST
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