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Hep cats of the Warsaw Pact

Post  pinhedz on Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:34 pm

I'd forgotten about this thread What a Face




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Post  pinhedz on Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:35 pm

pewnych rytmow zapomniec niemozna !


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Post  pinhedz on Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:37 pm

I don't think they're all this good--this is some kind of championship final:



Decadent and retrograde at the same time--I hope their grandparents aren't around to see this.

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Post  pinhedz on Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:39 pm

Here they take the High-Art approach:


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Post  pinhedz on Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:40 pm

You might recognize these guys:


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Post  pinhedz on Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:42 pm

Definitely to be continued. rabbit


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Post  pinhedz on Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:37 am

A few scenes later in the same movie: What's it gonna be guys? You wanna play for spare change on the street for the rest of your lives, or are you ready for the big time?



Ok, this could be their big break:



And then, more stuff happens:


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Post  pinhedz on Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:40 am

Two renditions of "Some of These Days."

A classic example of missheard lyrics "gonna miss yo' mama" turns into "Odessa mama."




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Post  pinhedz on Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:43 am

Eddie Rosner (his real name was Adolf Ignatievich Roser) was born in Berlin. By the 1930s he was one of the most famous jazz players in Germany, a personal friend of Louis Armstrong and other big names.

But, as he said “In 1939, it was not a good idea to be a jew playing negro music, even if your name was Adolf.”

So, he flew the coup. But, instead of heading west, he went east into Poland. Thus, he ended up being a Soviet jazzman. This was cool during the war, because America was cool and Stalin found jazz to be good for morale.

But, after the war, Stalin changed his tune, so to speak, and turned nasty toward the jews, and the Western influences. The Ministry of Culture [sic] launched a musical correctness campaign that became known as “saxophone straightening.”

Rosner was afraid he was about to get his saxophone straightened, so he tried to escape from the workers’ paradise. But he got caught, and was sentenced to 8 years in Magadan (google to see how cold and remote that is).

At the Magadan prison camp, it turned out that there was a whole heap of jazzmen, so Rosner assembled a really good band to play for the prisoners.

When Stalin died, Rosner was released and allowed to play again in Moscow. By 1970, when he was old and sick, they let him go back to Berlin, where he died in poverty 3 years later.

There’s almost 10 minutes of video here, unfortunately with a lot of people talking (saying stuff like I just said), interrupting the music. Sorry ‘bout that, but you know how people like to talk while musicians are playing.



The sign at the beginning here says “MAGADAN.” That the prison camp:


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Post  pinhedz on Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:46 am

Here's something lighter. Still hep in the 1960s, this one is called "Twistin' with the Cosmonauts."

Those really are cosmonauts, but it looks like they can't even handle the Lindy hop, let alone the twist. I think I could have shown Larisa a much better time. She's says she wants to be flown to the moon--I don't think those guys are up for it.

There's a remarkably grim looking bunch of party officials at 1:25


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Post  pinhedz on Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:49 am

I was trying to find this song by Elena Frolova, but I forgot her name and found this one instead:



Janis, teach me to be like the sun and burn like a flame

Janis, teach me to throw away my love in vain
Janis, teach me to smile like a bonfire
Janis, teach me to be no better than anyone else--maybe worse

Janis, teach me to speak without using words

Eeeyah-ah-ah

Here's the Elena Frolova version:


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Post  pinhedz on Sun Aug 28, 2011 10:43 am

Is this the final stage of their descent into Western decadence? Shocked


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