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I noticed that one of the songs available for download at the site
pointed to by Prof. Pylypiuk was "Pomaranchova peremoha", a song by
Oksana Warhola. It seems that we have come full circle!

In the late '60s, Andy Warhol put together an experimental multimedia
show entitled "The Exploding Plastic Inevitable". He needed a live
band to accompany the light/video show and got the band "The Velvet
Underground" to fulfill this role.

[The Exploding Plastic Inevitable poster:
http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ehansen/VU/p_stmarks.gif ]

Warhol produced The Velvet Underground's first album, entitled "The
Velvet Underground And Nico". This album, with Warhol's peelable
banana on the cover art, is generally regarded as being one of the
most influential in rock.

[album cover:
http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ehansen/VU/vu&nico.gif ]

One of the bands that it certainly influenced was the "Plastic People
of the Universe, a Czechoslovakian band formed shortly after the
Soviet invasion of 1968. The Plastic People "used a variety of lights,
fires and fireworks on stage, they appeared in long white gowns (made
from bed sheets) and in their concerts they included various
performance effects."(*)

[1969 picture of the Plastic People in performance:
http://angam.ang.univie.ac.at/EAASworkshop/graphics/posp6.jpg ]

They even played songs from the "The Velvet Underground And Nico"
album. In the mid-'70s, Czechoslovak authorities began to clamp down
on the Plastic People and similar bands, leading to the organization
of the Charter 77 dissident organization. "Václav Havel became one of
the chief organizers of the movement that protested against the
underground bands' unjust persecution as well as one of the first
three spokesmen of Charter 77."(*)

Years later, Havel would become President following his "Velvet
Revolution". In the early '90s, Havel discussed the role played by the
experimental musical bands:
""The trial with the band was a strange event. In those days you could
enter the court building and take part in the proceedings. The
building was overcrowded. You could see a university professor engaged
in a friendly conversation with an ex- politbureau member of the
Communist party and with a longhaired rock musician, and everywhere
around them was the police. That was symbolic for the forthcoming
events, for the unique character of Charter 77: it united a number of
people from various backgrounds and with different opinions. They were
brought together by their resistance toward totalitarianism and their
willingness to challenge the system.( ~E) By this I want to say that
underground music in general and the record (V.H. brought home from
the USA in 1968) by The Velvet Underground in particular played a
major role in the history of our country."(*)

In 1993, Havel would have the opportunity to host a reformed "The
Velvet Undeground" in Prague where the band would play songs from
their new recording, "Songs For Drella (ie. Andy Warhol)".

It is notable in 2004 that a number of analysts have remarked upon the
branding of the Orange Revolution in Ukraine. As Andy Warhol knew a
thing or two about brands, it is most fitting to see Oksana Warhola
sing "Pomaranchova peremoha"!

[(*)source:
http://angam.ang.univie.ac.at/EAASworkshop/posppres.htm ]

>From: Natalia Pylypiuk <natalia.pylypiuk@ualberta.ca>
>One way to keep warm:
>
>- Download the remix by Mykola Yaremko
>Na Majdani, de buv Bir
>
>- Also the promotional
>Film - Jushchenko -- MYR VAM
>
>Both are available  from
>http://io.com.ua/tv5.php



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