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IAML Riga Congress Diary #7: Journey to Riga

Antony Gordon: Here I am at my 24th conference/congress in Riga. Being retired from the British Library Sound Archive and having finished my two three-year terms on the Board last year at the Rome Congress, I felt entitled to take a rather more relaxed approach. The journey to Riga formed part of the overall experience for us so this is inevitably starts out like a travelogue. If you're not interested in train travel you should skip the next paragraph.

70 Jahre David Bowie

David Robert Jones wäre am 8. Januar 2017 siebzig Jahre alt geworden. Viel bekannter ist die Ikone der Pop-Kultur allerdings unter dem Namen David Bowie, der an Jim Bowie, einen Kämpfer der Texas Revolution, angelehnt ist. Durch seinen Vater trat David Bowie schon als Kind mit Rock’n’Roll in Kontakt. Über Little Richards Song „Tutti Frutti“ sagte er: „Ich habe Gott gehört!“. Doch auch sein Halbbruder Terry, den der schüchterne Junge David immer für seine rebellischen Züge bewunderte, führte ihn an Jazz und US-Beat heran.

George Butterworth (1885-1916)

5th August 2016 marks the centenary of the death of George Butterworth, one of the most promising English composers of his generation, whose life was cut short in the carnage of the First World War. Although many artists, writers and musicians lost their lives in the Great War, on both sides of the conflict, Butterworth is perhaps the one who has obtained most prominence and has, in some respects, come to represent this Lost Generation.

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