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Germany/Russia: Was Hitler listening to ‘forbidden’ music?

9 August 2007

The newspaper International Herald Tribune reports that a record collection possibly belonging to Adolf Hitler has been found in Russia.   The nearly 100 records were stored in the attic of a former Soviet intelligence agent who recently died. The agent left a note behind him, saying that he took …

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Chechnya: Recording songs of defiance and survival

21 May 2007

The compilation album ‘Songs of Defiance – Music of Chechnya and the North Caucasus’ was recorded and compiled by music critic Michael Church. In this article which he wrote for BBC Music Magazine in May 2007, he tells the details of how he was arrested while recording a choir in North …

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Chechnya: Music of defiance published on CD

21 May 2007

Some performers of the compilation album ‘Songs of Defiance’ have gone into protective self-exile. Even outside the borders of Chechnya, recording them is officially discouraged, as Michael Church, arrested for doing so, can testify          The first-ever CD of North Caucasus music, entitled ‘Songs of Defiance – Music of Chechnya …

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Russia: Radical Christians want pop concert banned

12 September 2006

Controversy and outrage follows American pop singer Madonna to her world-wide ‘Confessions Tour’ where she is “crucified” on a cross on stage. The act has sparked anger from various religious groups. In Moscow, she received death threats. Catholics expressed outrage at Madonna’s decision to be displayed hanging to a cross …

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Europe, Russia

12 January 2006

EUROPE, RUSSIA        Freemusepedia main page       Spirit of Wikipedia: Continously under construction This ‘Freemusepedia’ is based on information from Freemuse’s publications. Thanks to continued contributions from our readers, it keeps being updated, expanded and improved. If you have additional information to contribute, or wish to make a correction, …

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Russia: Young punk musician killed

29 November 2005

Timur Kacharava, a Russian musician and founder of the punk-hardcore-trash band Sandinista, has been stabbed to death in the streets of St. Petersburg. In the evening of 13 November, 2005, 20-year-old Timur Kacharava, a student of St. Petersburg State University, was followed, attacked and killed on the main city avenue …

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…-1699 Europe, Russia

1 January 2001

375 B.C.   Greece The first significant written account of a proposal to censor music is found in Plato’s ‘Republic’, written in roughly 375 B.C. In one of the most famous passages of ancient literature to deal with music, we find Socrates, Plato’s mentor and mouthpiece, engaged in a dialogue …

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1950-2000 Europe, Russia

1 January 2001

1967. United Kingdom. Scott Walker Scott Walker’s cover of Jacques Brel’s song ‘Jacky’ is the first record to be banned by BBC Radio 1. 1967. Greece. Mikis Theodorakis The 1967 military coup in Greece led to the imprisonment and torture of internationally known singer Mikis Theodorakis. Eventually he was released …

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1800-1899 Europe, Russia

1 January 2001

1800s. Germany. Clara Schumann (1819-1892) Clara Schumann’s father Friedrich Wieck had resolved before her birth that she should become a piano virtuoso to profit by her financially. This is the reason, why she got an intensive musical education contrary to the most female musical coevals. Already as a teen she …

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