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Pop Music Expres: mesícník pro príznivce pop music [Pop Music Express: a monthly for pop music fans]. Vol. I, 1–9; Vol. II, 1–12; as well as the scarce “Foto” supplement (complete run).
Prague: Národní rada Juvena 1968 - Folded newsprint; 6–12 pp. each. Most copies about very good, with horizontal folds, some toning and occasional light fraying; most issues with small original postal address label to cover. A complete run of this Czech monthly pop music journal, which showcases the musical tastes of young rebellious Czechs with an energy and freedom unparalleled in the communist-ruled Czechoslovak Republic. Its short-lived publication was enabled by the relaxed censorship rules during the Prague Spring, the reform movement of 1968 that was stalled by the Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia in August that year. Created jointly by Prague’s music fan clubs and richly photo-illustrated, the magazine focuses on international as well as domestic representatives of Rock ‘n’ roll, British beat and other pop music genres, such as The Matadors (Prague) and The Bluesmen (Olomouc). Among foreign bands extensively covered were The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and The Who. Wide coverage is also given to important Czech music festivals, such as the Second Czech Beat Festival in 1969. The issues of the first volume were largely designed by Kája Saudek (born 1935), a Czech comics artist since the 1960s, who was known for his ostentatious American style, which led the Communist authorities to label his work “bourgeois kitsch” and to prohibit many of his series. The last pages of vol. I feature, in serialized form, his original comic strip “Honza Hrom” (Johnny Thunder). Volume II features color and a more psychedelic style. PME was prominently featured in a recent exhibition on rock music and alternative visual culture in Czechoslovakia, curated by Zdenek Primus (“The Pope Smoked Dope”); see pp. 82: “Honza Hruza and Durdis, who ran the Efko, said they were going to start up a magazine. Saudek drew comics on the back page, large format, that was the beginning of 1968 or roundabout then. In Smíchov, where the Soviet liberation tank 23 used to be, that was where the office was. That mag was called the Pop Music Expres.” KVK, OCLC show only the copies at Olomouc State Library. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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