Eu si batrinul Kirk, in sfirsit la vinatoare in acelasi (Radio) Trib

Imi amintesc clar prima din cele 3-4 intilniri tete-a-tete din viata mea cu Kirk: plecasem din Clujul studentesc pentru una din vizitele mele periodice la Bucale sau Temesvar, in 1990 (sau sa fi fost 1991?). La Bucale, vestile erau excitante! Ca orice s-a intimplat in anu ala dupa revolutie.

Kirk de la radio.

Kirk de la radio.

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Survolaj – live in Bucharest, April 1991 (full concert)

The 1990s was THE decade to be a Romanian rock band.

After the Communist regime was crushed and dictator Ceausescu executed in December 1989, a sense of exhilaration penetrated deep to the bone of each Romanian, in absolutely all domains of every day life: economy, social interaction, arts. Rock music included. Being a rock musician in the 1980s was a big deal, because under communists it was a symbol of the sought-after liberty. That liberty was there now.

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Survolaj was a band based in the city of Timisoara, where the Revolution began in mid-December 1989. They were together from circa 1988, and already recognized locally and at the most important rock fest allowed under communists, Buzau Rock Fest.

Members of the band were in the streets during the Revolution, their life on the line.

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Esti din Baia Mare daca…

… daca stii sa spui o poezie ca Dan “Rini” Craciun, vocalist la trupa Dirty Shirt.

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Three guitar giants visit Toronto in December 2014

Steve Hackett, of Genesis fame, and John Schofield visit Massey Hall == Adrian Belew will be swinging axe in a club

Steve Hackett, of Genesis fame, and John Schofield visit Massey Hall == Adrian Belew will be swinging axe in a club

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The world premiere of Roger Waters The Wall 2014

The official poster of the film. Source: Roger Waters wall on Facebok.

The official poster of the film. Source: Roger Waters wall on Facebook.

I went to see Roger Waters’ world premiere of “The Wall 2014″ last night at the beautiful Elgin Theatre on Yonge Street in Toronto, not far from where the guy in front of me bought this original vinyl in 1979:

I asked the lady who got this vinyl signed "How did you get close to Roger before the movie?" "Oh, I am a warrior of the backstages. In this case I flashed a boob and got in!"

I asked the 40-something lady who got Waters’ autograph (a friend of the vinyl’s owner): “How did you get close to Roger before the movie?” “Oh, sweetie, I am a backstage warrior. I flashed a boob and got in!”

Read below a few impressions and listen to the whole Q&A session with Roger Waters in Toronto, Saturday 06 September 2014:

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Despre increderea de sine – o poezie de Dora Lovejoy

Trebuie ca fac ceva bine, din moment ce oameni minunati ma incredinteaza cu munculita lor, desavirsita cu migala de sclav, si in care isi pun sufletul la bataie.

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Un prieten din Toronto mi-a trimis recent niste demo-uri cu trupa lui rock, bulversant de frumoase.

Altul, din Montreal, m-a rugat sa-i comentez primul film de lung metraj (un documentar), abia lansat.

Dora Lovejoy – o prietena draga, tot din Toronto (pe care o puteti asculta intr-o inregistrare din 2010 aici) – m-a luat ca din oala cind mi-a lasat recent in Inbox o poezie “proaspat scoasa de la presa”. N-am gustat placerea asta – de a fi aproape de un poet cind naste – de vreo 20 de ani.

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On Self Worth – a poem by Dora Lovejoy

Dora Lovejoy is a Toronto based poet.

You can listen her reciting one of her poems in September 2010, in  this edition of my podcast.

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“On Self Worth” was written in the summer of 2014.

Published with author’s permission.

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Review: Softwaring Hard – a film about the world of software, by Alex Pop

If you can still place any belief in the notion that we know everything about the things that impact our daily lives, let’s think again. We know less and less about the food we eat, about the cars we drive, or about the houses we live in.

And, as ubiquitous as it may be, we know practically nothing about software, the lifeblood of our ever expanding computing universe.

Cue in Alex Pop – a young film maker of Romanian origin from Montreal – and his debut feature SOFTWARING HARD (2014; 82 minutes; film’s website; film on IMDb).

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Audio heaven

When I want a piece of audio heaven, I click these links:

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New from The Staxx Brothers: ominous, blow-the-house-up funk! (with lyrics)

 The Staxx Brothers – the best brothers in entertainment since Blues Brothers – just launched (August 14, 2104 on YouTube) the first single of their next album. The single is titled “Black & Mild” and the album “Hot Chocolate”.

Of course, nowadays a new single is more than a single, it’s a story.

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