Beats of Freedom

19 December 2016

      Beats of Freedom   Award-winning Polish documentary on rock music behind the Iron Curtain, and the story of how Polish rock’n’roll helped bring down the communist regime. Included are extraordinary secret police reports on hippies and punks. Directed by Leszek Gnoinski and Wojciech Slota Language: Mainly English. 73 …

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Poland: Two hours of Music Freedom Night on Polskie Radio 2

28 February 2013

From Poland, radio presenter Wlodzimierz Kleszcz, Polskie Radio 2 & 1, sent this message: “I’m going to join to your idea, Music Freedom Day, and I’m making my own author’s show ‘Kleszczowisko’ at Polskie Radio 2 – national network (and I started it since 1983) – on 3rd March 2013. Time: 0.00–2.00. …

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European Commission: Artists are free to ‘offend, shock or disturb’

5 November 2012

The European Union criticised Poland’s supreme court for allowing prosecutors to try Adam Darski, lead singer in the heavy metal band Behemoth, for illegal artistic expression. At issue is the interpretation of Article 196 of the Polish penal code referring to “the crime of offending religious sensibilities.” While on stage …

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7 April 2010

Sorted alphabetical by author’s first name: Somalia: Music ban on radio stations was expected On 3 April 2010, the commander for Hisbul Islam in Mogadishu issued a 10-day ultimatum to radio stations to stop broadcasting music or face Sharia-based penalties By Abdulkadir M. Wa’ays 07 April 2010 Somalia: Music suppressor …

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Music Freedom Day in Gdansk, Poland on 2 March 2010

24 February 2010

Photos and story from the event On 2 March 2010 at 6 PM the debate ‘Music freedom and freedom in music’ will take place in the Cultural Centre in Gdańsk-Morena. Musicians Jacek Staniszewski and Grzegorz Welizarowicz will participate in the debate sharing their experience. Indeks 73 activists Lidia Makowska & Agnieszka …

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Poland: ‘Censorship was overwhelming’

5 February 2010

  Article about the radical rock counter-culture in communist Poland, written by Szymon Urbański, himself a punk-rocker of the 1980’s. “Censorship was overwhelming,” writes Szymon Urbański: “You simply could not hear those bands on the radio. Tapes recorded live at Jarocin and other festivals circulated in the underground. Some lucky …

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Poland: Religious groups protest against Madonna-concert

29 July 2009

15 August 2009 the American superstar Madonna is to perform in Warsaw. But this day is also a Catholic holiday of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary, and the concert has upset conservative religious groups in the Polish capital. They raise protests against her concert, saying this date was …

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Poland: Anti-sect organisation blacklists metal and rock bands

18 June 2007

In July an anti-sect organisation will distribute a list of artists with a “dangerous message” to the Polish authorities. It will likely result in the artists getting banned from performing in Poland.   According to Poland’s Metro newspaper, the ‘All-Polish Committee for Defence against Sects’ has put together a list of artists supposed …

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