1968 in the Netherlands
Provo, white plans and a spoiled wedding

Actually above title is a bit misleading since 1968 already happened in The Netherlands in 1966. According to the Klimke & Sharloth research (published in their book '1968 in Europe'), the 1966 Dutch Provo movement would be the spark for the entire European 1968 revolt to come. Mid sixties the Netherlands found themselves in a politically unstable period with new parties demanding drastic changes in the system. They wanted to break with the traditional columns and were either middle or new left orientated. Amsterdam turned out to be a brewing pit for anything alternative and counterculture. Wether it be design culture, sexual moral, art, music or a common liberal point to view against anything out of the ordinary. Musically it was not Amsterdam but The Hague that would turn out crucial for the forming of Dutch pop and rockmusic. Pirate radio and a music scene that was formed by rock 'n roll music played by Indonesian immigrants was a heathy breeding ground for talent. Internationally the Dutch city and its culture would have a huge impact on European youth. Many protest leaders that would play a leading role in the 1968 protests visited Amsterdam in 1966 and talked to the Provo's. By 1968 the Dutch anarchistic movement had already outlived itself and the Year of Protest passed fairly quit. It was not untill 1970 that Dutch youth began to stir again. Read more about 1966 in the Netherlands and its impact on 1968 in our feature.

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Renata Przemyk celebrates her 25th anniversary

Renata Przemyk - singer and composer. She has recorded ten albums, including one with the music for a theatrical performance Balladyna in the Baltic Dramatic Theatre. Most of her albums have been certified gold. In 2003 she released an album of greatest hits (including "Babę zesłał Bóg", "Protest Dance", "Ostatni z zielonych", "Zero", "Bo jeśli tak ma być"), summarizing the current career. On this album the song "Kochana" performed a duet with Kasia Nosowska. She has performed many times at home and abroad. For nearly 20 years working with Anna Saraniecką, which is the songwriter of her songs. In 2008 she made her debut as a theater actress Hortense role in the play therapy Jonah Entertainment Theatre in Chorzów. This year celebrates 25 years of artistic work. Reason enough for Dorota Kieras to interview Renata for Q. The singer dishes up memoriesof wowing the public by singing popmusic to the accompaniment of accordion..Read the interview

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What's on Rasmus Seebach's Ipod?

Denmark's best-selling and biggest pop star is back with his third album Ingen kan love dig i morgen (Nobody can promise you tomorrow) , which once again proves that Rasmus is a master at writing straightforward and likeable pop with rock solid and extremely catchy melodies. Centerpiece - which surely by now Seebachs mark - is love. And even on the uplifting, exotic and energetic songs like Sandstorm and Øde Ø. So what does Rasmus listen to when he is not writing and performing. And what does he get inspiration from. Jakob Matzen from Wimp Magazine puts Rasmus to the test with the question "what is on your Ipod". And so we go from Anne Linnet to Quadron to Bruno Mars. .Read the interview

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San Remo 2014: Young talent review

In Italy the musical year traditionally starts with the 'festival della canzone' in the breezy town of San Remo. The 64th Sanremo Song Festival will be held from the 18- 22 February 2o14. Fabio Fazio will host the shows throughout the week (Tuesday- Saturday). The competition is always good for some musical highlights and gossip. The nice thing is that new and old battle for the honour of winning Europe's oldest song contest (the ESC was modelled after San remo). This year sounding names like Noemi, Antonella Ruggiero, Francesco Renga and Ron appear among the shorlist. Surprise contestant is Sicilian rapper Frankie Hi-NRG that was one of the founders of Italian hiphop. But according to us the most interesting part of the festival of the past year is the young talent section. It gives a glimpse in the future and also is a calling card what is hip in Italy. If we take the youngsters as a starting point this year we will see a return to traditional quality pop songs. Men and women with a guitar, a song and their voice. A quick review shows there is some heavy competition in that section this year. Bianca (Saprai), Diodato (Babilonia), The Niro (1969) and Filippo Graziani (son of the legendary guitarist Ivan Graziani) are very close to each other in sound. Rocco Hunt represents the rap-scene. Odd one out are the grumpy sounding Vadim and the minimal Zibba. I predict that Veronica de Simone will be the crowdpleaser with a classic but safe Canzone Italiana. You can check all young talents (and clips) at the San Remo website.

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Julien Doré speaks: "With this album, suddenly, I understood less is more"

The third album from Julien Doré , Løve , came out at the end of 2013 and compared to Ersatz in 2008 and Bichon in 2011 it was a big step forward. The former winner of the Nouvelle Star 2007 developed himself the past year into a singer with his own sound. In a tall with French newspaper L’express he talks about the album, Lions, playing petanque with Christophe, drinking Vedett with Depardieu and how writing for Francoise Hardy gave him confidence to write this album. "The songs do not rely on the sadness, they rely only memories, those who build and that one keeps in itself. A love story stopped me but she grew and remained in me in its most beautiful form. The striped o - the letter only - means island. And it almost became a compass logo, the travel notes of a lone man in love, in love or lonely. Løve is a postcard and sentimental music with groovy accents even when the lyrics are sad. This is the big difference with my second album, Bichon , where the music telling the same things that the words." Read the interview

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Game based on new music by Vetusta Morla

Is it a game, is it a new album?....both. The songs by Spanish indieband Vetusta Morla that they were writing anyway turned out to be the basis for a graphic game called 'Los Rios de Alice', a graphic adventure full of puzzles and characters in which the player to step into the songs of the Madrilean group. Each song accompanies an environment and passage that fits the universe in which Alice neters every time she falls asleep. A universe full of references and nods to the discography of the group. In between there are songs and soundscapes that are somewhere between acoustic and instrumental, with whispered vocals or singing in a "language of dreams" invented by the group. A total of fourteen compositions which dive into Alice's journey through her dreams. A bit 'Pan's labyrinth' meets Almodovar. With the project the band wanted to step out of their regular comfort zone and explore new ways of producing and translating their music. And deliver a new experience in listening to their songs.  It has been produced by the animation studio  Delirium Studios and the group's own label Pequeño Salto Mortal. The game was released in November 7 and the soundtrack to the game just hit the stores in Spain. A teaser for the game can be watched on Youtube.

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1968 in Europe: the origin of local pop & rockculture

In 1968 Europe was in turmoil with student protest, political violence and a inflamable social climate. It also turned out to be the birthyear of European pop and rockmusic with artsist no longer mimicing the English acts but started to create protest music in their own language and with their own cultural elements. Read our investigation on the origin of European pop/rock.


The History of Electronic music in Europe

From prog-rock to disco, the synthesizer plays an important part in the history of Europopmusic. Read the history of the use of electronic music and the use of the synthesizer within the European popscene, from the 1920's till now... Read full story.


Altin Mikrofon, the cradle of Anatolian pop

The sixties were the defining era for European popmusic. One of the most emphasized events took place in Turkey were the Altin Mikrofon contest of 1965 caused an explosion in modern music. Read full story.


Hip Hop and Rap in Europe:
The culture of the urban ghetto's

Hip Hop and Rap play such a basic part in Europopmusic of today that it’s hard to imagine that in the Eighties it was still considered an underground scene in most European countries. We take you back to the start. Read full story.


State labels of Central Europe (1960 -1970)

There is a saying that every downside has an upside. If we look at Central Europe's music industry in the period under Soviet Rule we could apply this saying. Allergic to anything coming from the West (especially the USA) the local authorities created monopoly state companies for recording, pressing and releasing music. In tribute to those old state labels we present an overview. Read full story


The forgotten Knokke - Heist songcontest

In the sixties Belgium decided to create a songcontest mainly focussing on young talent from the various European countries. It was European Cup for vocal recitation but became known as the Knokke - Heist songcontest. At the time it played an important part in giving a stage to the light-popular genre but today it's almost forgotten. In the article you'll find a history of the festival put together from the bits and pieces we were able to find. Read full story


'Les grand orchestres' of the fifties

Nowadays it has become more of a rarity or special event when a pop-singer or rockartist is backed up by a big orchestra (think Robbie Williams or Michael Bubblé). But in the two decades just after WW2 it was the orchestral arrangers that stood at the basis of European popmusic. Read full story

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