The Nice : America – Music for Independence Day [reblog]

from Oannes *

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Ο Keith Emerson με το πρώτο του γκρουπ, The Nice, σε εποχές κοινωνικών κινημάτων και τραγουδιών διαμαρτυρίας [late ‘60s] αποδομούν το classic του Leonard Bernstein. Αφαιρώντας τους στίχους του Sondheim, οι Nice πρόσθεσαν τη φράση που ακούγεται στο τέλος του instrumental. “America is pregnant with promises and anticipation, but is murdered by the hand of the inevitable”.
Στη διάρκεια παρουσίασής του στο Royal Albert Hall του Λονδίνου, παρόντος του Αμερικανού πρέσβη, οι Nice έβαλαν φωτιά σε μια αμερικάνικη σημαία, δημιουργώντας πανζουρλισμό στο ακροατήριο.
Η μπάντα οδηγήθηκε όπως-όπως εκτός σκηνής. Τα μέλη πληροφορήθηκαν λίγο μετά την απαγόρευση της παρουσίας τους στο Royal Albert Hall δια βίου.
Ο Leonard Bernstein …δεν ενθουσιάστηκε με όλα αυτά. Σε ερώτηση πώς του φάνηκε η διασκευή, η απάντησή του ήταν: “Σιχαίνομαι κυριολεκτικά αυτό που έχουν κάνει. Κατέστρεψαν το έργο μου”…

Keith Emerson with his first band, The Nice, in the time of protest songs and social movements [late ’60s] deconstructing Leonard Bernstein‘s classic. Removing Sondheim‘s lyrics, The Nice added the phrase heard at the end of the instrumental: “America is pregnant with promises and anticipation, but is murdered by the hand of the inevitable”.
During a live performance of the song at London’s Royal Albert Hall, in front of the American ambassador, The Nice set an American flag on fire, creating pandemonium in the audience.
The band was ushered off stage. Its members were informed shortly after that they were banned from Royal Albert Hall for life.
Leonard Bernstein … wasn’t thrilled. Asked what he thought about the Nice cover, his answer was: “I literally loathe what they’ve done. They’ve corrupted my work”…


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* For my friends who didn’t know, or first timers here, Oannes [aka Socratis Papahatzis] is my husband, partner in life and music and the one with my undying admiration. Together we have a band MK-O [the music of Marina Kanavaki & Oannes]. So, it’s my pleasure to share with you his [and sometimes mine] musical selections. • Do visit his site. He has my highest recommendation!