Tuesday, February 28, 2006


RIP Thomas Koppel 1944-2006.

I remember dancing to his band Savage Rose back in the late eighties. They had strong left-wing views (which included a peculiar affection for the communist republic of Albania) and always played an outdoor gig on May 1'st. Often the band would just be Thomas on the accordion, his wife Anissette singing/ shouting, and a percussionist banging some odd Tibetan drum. The sheer positive energy coming from the small combo could make whole groups of people take each other by the hand and do a chain dance.

Different times.

Not my people
Not my war

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