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Volume 9 / 2006-2007


Index of volume 9
  Winter 2007
Dutch Het verhaal van Veronica (maart 2007). De woelige geschiedenis van Radio Veronica is geschikt materiaal voor een spannend en informatief boek. En, dat is precies wat Auke Kok nu heeft geschreven. Hans Knot las de ruim 350 pagina's kritisch door en schreef voor ons deze enthousiaste recensie.
Dutch Mistgordijnen rond een zendschip (february 2007). In de nacht van 6 op 7 februari 2007 overleed Tom de Munck op 59-jarige leeftijd. Vanaf 1979 tot en met 1989 was hij onder zijn eigen naam werkzaam voor het Freewave Media Magazine. Hij onthulde daarbij vele mysteries rond Ronan O'Rahilly en diens fameuze Radio Caroline. In 1984 besloten Tom de Munck en Hans Knot een aantal van hun verhalen in boekvorm te bundelen. Als ode aan Tom de Munck heeft Hans Knot nu een deel daarvan opnieuw bewerkt. Dit artikel beschrijft wat zij tussen het midden van 1980 en de eerste maanden van 1982 zoal te weten kwamen over de derde herstart van Radio Caroline.
English Bon Jour, Magda Maria and Mi Amigo (february 2007). For over a year the "Bon Jour" served as a radio ship for the Swedish offshore station Radio Nord. The organisation, however, stopped airing their programs on June 30, 1962. That same year, in October, the ship anchored off in the North Sea. About one-and-a-half year later, on April 27, 1964 the ship, now renamed into "Mi Amigo," anchored in international waters near the coast of Frinton-on-Sea as the home base of Radio Atlanta. In-between these dates, as Hans Knot shows, the ship's destiny was surrounded by a lot of rumours.
English "It's almost got so you can't speak th' truth without commitin' an indiscretion." (february 2007). Throughout the early 20th century, Frank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard (1868-1930) was one of the most beloved cartoon artists of the USA. And yet, fans and students of comic art have overlooked Hubbard's considerable achievements. With this in mind, Kevin Howley here offers a concise reassessment of Hubbard's accomplishments.
English On seeing (february 2007). Our human disposition, strengthened by a positivistic world view, has made us all subject to the primacy of vision. So, we tend to believe that what a photograph shows us, must inevitably be true. But, as Hans Durrer argues, the medium has its own reality.
Dutch Muziek in zwart-wit (februari 2007). In zijn boek Muziek in zwart-wit gaat Cor Gout terug naar de jaren dertig, veertig en vijftig, de hoogtijdagen van het "lichte lied" in Nederland. In uitgebreide interviews laat hij de artiesten aan het woord over hun wederwaardigheden in het muziekcircuit van die tijd. Hans Knot las het boek voor ons.
Dutch Zenders, frequenties en nog veel meer (januari 2007). Sender und Frequenzen, het vuistdikke handboek van Michael Schmitz en Wolf Siebel, staat bekend als de bijbel van de radiohobbyist. Aan het eind van elk jaar verschijnt er een nieuwe, bijgewerkte en actuele editie. En, zoals altijd, laat Hans Knot hier zijn licht weer schijnen over de nieuwe informatie die het boek biedt.
  Autumn 2006
Dutch Helden van de Nederpop (december 2006). Peter Sijnke interviewde een twintigtal Nederlandse popartiesten uit de jaren zestig en vatte hun terugblikken samen in het boek "Nederpophelden." Hans Knot werkte zich enthousiast door de bijna 200 bladzijden heen en schreef deze bespreking voor ons.
Dutch De jacht op de etherpiraten (november 2006). Onlangs verscheen het boek "Etherpiraterij," waarin Aart Veldman beeldend verhaalt over de Radio Controle Dienst en diens jacht naar illegale radiostations en hun eigenaren. Hans Knot las het boekwerk voor ons en schreef deze bespreking.
English Talking peace in New York (october 2006). After its arrival in 1969, the MV Peace stayed for three years and some months — from the end of 1969 up till early 1973 — in New York because of lack of funds. In this chapter of our series on the Voice of Peace, we look at what Russell T. Dodworth, one of the right hands of Abie Nathan, remembers from these days when he was busy doing publicity for the station as well as getting Nathan in contact with John Lennon.
English Ship for sale: from Groningen to Amsterdam (october 2006). From 1973 till 1993 the MV Peace — or the Peace Ship, as the radio ship was called by those involved with the Voice of Peace — housed the station safely for over twenty years. The ship was the former MV Cito, bought in 1969 by Nathan while it was moored at the quayside in Groningen. Hans Knot, living in the city of Groningen, visited the ship after it travelled to Amsterdam and here evokes its story.
English Locked into the Hotel California (october 2006). The Eagles' song "Hotel California" is built upon seven simple chords. The way in which these chords combine, though, is rather complex. Interpreting the music of this song seems as difficult as decoding its lyrics. Ger Tillekens here analyses the basic chord pattern as an expanded Spanish progression that gives the song its Spanish feel and acts as to keep it locked into the moment.
  Summer 2006
Dutch Skip Voogd aan het woord (september 2006). Vorig jaar hield Cor Gout een lang interview met Skip Voogd, disk-jockey en muziekjournalist van het eerste uur. In het najaar van 2006 zal deze tekst bij Uitgeverij Aprilis in Zaltbommel verschijnen in Muziek in Zwart-Wit, een boek met gesprekken met de pioniers van de lichte muziek in Nederland.
English Flashing through 1991 (july 2006). Part 30 of our series on Abie Nathan's off-shore radio station Voice of Peace. In the late 1980s two young ladies from Israel, Gali and Vered Kravitzki, started to log the output of Abie Nathan's Voice of Peace and sent their reports out to a weekly newsmagazine, called Anorak UK, based in Blackpool, UK. Because of the close cooperation between this magazine and Offshore Echoes England as well as the Freewave Media Magazine in the Netherlands, the reports were widely disseminated. After Anorak UK stopped circulation, both sisters went on, now sending their reports to the French editor of OEM. In 2006, their where-abouts are unknown, Hans Knot selected some of their newsflashes from 1991 for this chapter in the history of the Voice of Peace.
English An open letter to the Anoraks (july 2006). Part 29 of our series on Abie Nathan's off-shore radio station Voice of Peace. On September 26th, 1990, OEM-reader and broadcast engineer Al Muick wrote a long, open letter to the Anoraks in Europe, addressing especially those with a firm technical background, to tell them about his adventures, while working for the Voice of Peace.
English Some bits and pieces from 1988 (july 2006). Part 28 of our series on Abie Nathan's off-shore radio station Voice of Peace. Using the logs written by the deejays and the reports of the radio magazines Monitor, OEM and Freewave Media Magazine, Hans Knot condenses year 1988 of the Voice of Peace history in a few pages. What happened to the ship and the station of Abie Nathan during that year?
English The summer of 1987 and a coconut (july 2006). Part 27 of our series on Abie Nathan's off-shore radio station Voice of Peace. In June 1987 the Voice of Peace was plagued by some technical problems and, of course, there were also the ungoing changes in the team on board of the Peace Ship. One of the disk-jockey's, Mike Davis, was interviewed by Chris Edwards. Hans Knot here presents some extracts of this interview as to give an impression of what was going on on the Peace Ship at that time.
English A report from February 1987 (july 2006). Part 26 of our series on Abie Nathan's off-shore radio station Voice of Peace. Dave James was one of the few disk-jockeys of the Voice of Peace who met Abie Nathan before travelling to Isreal, as most of the British deejays were sent out by the station's representative in England. James, however, had the luck of meeting Nathan in person, while he was visiting London. In February 1987 James reported on his experiences on the Peace Ship, where he worked for a period of ten months.
English Remember the promise you made ... (july 2006). Five years had passed since Don Stevens left the Voice of Peace and his life had changed in many ways. He had found employment in Britain as Music Director for a large entertainment group in the north-east of England and was responsible for the music policy of establishments in six major cities. The smallest of these seated 150 people for food and beverage consumption in an open environment, the medium size units were 500 capacity pubs, and their flagships were six 1500+ capacity night clubs. In 1985, however, unexpectedly Abie Nathan called him back to the Voice of Peace to re-vamp the programming.
English The class of 1983 (july 2006). Part 23 of our series on Abie Nathan's off-shore radio station Voice of Peace. For our series on the Voice of Peace, Hans Knot mined his archive and unearthed some short pieces and personal diary notes about the Peace Ship and a lot of the people involved with the Voice of Peace in 1983, like Dave Asher, David Fortune, Clive Graham, Steve Growcott, Terry Keeble, Adrian Scalley, Digby Taylor, Dave Thomas, Geoff Tracey, Geoff Webster and Robbie White.
English The fastest job interview I ever had (july 2006). Part 22 of our series on Abie Nathan's off-shore radio station Voice of Peace. One of the many deejays who had a wonderful time while working for Abie Nathan and his radio station The Voice of Peace is Steve Marshall. Though his stay on the MV Peace now dates back over a quarter of a century, his memories are still very clear.
English Live at 6,000 volts (july 2006). Part 21 of our series on Abie Nathan's off-shore radio station Voice of Peace. Early February 2006, working on this series on the Voice of Peace, Hans Knot received an email, warning him not to forget mentioning the name of Rob Leighton, who worked on board the MV Peace as an engineer during May and June 1981. Well, this is what Leighton had to tell ...
English Revisiting the early 1980s (july 2006). Part 20 of our series on Abie Nathan's off-shore radio station Voice of Peace. In the 1960s John "B" Bennett got addicted to Radio Caroline North and from there on wanted to be a radio deejay himself. As such he did stints on two offshore radio stations: Radio Caroline and The Voice of Peace, where he arrived in the early part of 1980 and subsequently acquired the nickname "Sloopy." Here he tells more of life on board the MV Peace.
English Working for the Voice of Peace (july 2006). Part 19 of our series on Abie Nathan's off-shore radio station Voice of Peace. Gibraltar-born disc-jockey Robbie Owen joined the Voice of Peace in the summer of 1978, shortly after Abie Nathan had ended his hunger strike. Here he tells his memories of his life on board the MV Peace.
English Abie Nathan's hunger strike of 1978 (july 2006). Part 18 of our series on Abie Nathan's off-shore radio station Voice of Peace. In the summer of 1978 Abie Nathan started a hunger strike, announcing not to consume any food until Israel's Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, at least made some attempts towards peace in the Middle East. Nathan prolonged his his hunger strike to its 45th day, when he was brought into the Knesset in a wheelchair and was asked to stop his fast. Hans Knot here tells us more about this episode in the history of the Voice of Peace.
English Close-down announced in 1978 (july 2006). For chapter 17 of our ongoing series on the Voice of Peace, Hans Knot rummaged through his archives to see what the first months of 1978 brought the station when Abie Nathan announced a close-down because Israel's public radio station sent the VOP-advertisers a mail advicing them to stop their commercials on the station.
English A bit more about the ship and the "mutiny" (july 2006). Part 16 of our series on Abie Nathan's off-shore radio station Voice of Peace. On Christmas Day 1977 Guy Starkey first set foot on board the MV Peace. Here, he tells us more the accommodation of the Peace Ship and the crisis of March 1978 that became known as the Mutiny.
English Carl Kingston travels back to 1977 (july 2006). Part 15 of our series on Abie Nathan's off-shore radio station Voice of Peace. In 1977 Carl Kingston boarded the MV Peace. Interviewed by Hans Knot, he tells us about what happened that year up and around the off-shore radio station Voice of Peace, airing its music as well as its message of peace for the coast of Israel.
English Making headlines (july 2006). Part 14 of our series on Abie Nathan's off-shore radio station Voice of Peace. At the start of 1977 the MV Peace sailed throug the Suez Canal to Israel's Red Sea port Eilat and back. That same year Abie Nathan again began a hunger strike. Both these facts figured prominently in an 11-minute feature on BBC Television's Tonight, that's summarized here by Hans Knot for our series on the Voice of Peace.
English A rising popularity (july 2006). Part 13 of our series on Abie Nathan's off-shore radio station Voice of Peace. In 1976 the popularity of the Voice of Peace rose to new heights, as at least 40% of the Israeli population was listening regularly to the sound of 1540. Here, Hans Knot tells us more about this sound and the deejays who were responsibable for it, like Black Printz, Robin Banks, Ken Dicken, Crispian St. John, Don Stevens, Phil Sayer, Richard Woods and, of course, Abie Nathan himself.
English The Peace Foundation (july 2006). Part 12 of our series on Abie Nathan's off-shore radio station Voice of Peace. By taking shares in the Peace Foundation, the public at large could partake financially in the Voice of Peace enterprise of Abie Nathan. Hans Knot here offers some basic information on this foundation.
English From Australia to the Mediterranean (july 2006). Part 11 of our series on Abie Nathan's off-shore radio station Voice of Peace. Australia delivered its share of the host of disck-jockeys that filled the offshore radiostations of the 1960s and 1970s. Some Australians even found their way to the Mediterranean to work for the Voice of Peace. One of them is Phil Brice, who here conveys his experiences aboard the MV Peace.
English Abie Nathan visits London and Crispian St. John boards the Peace Ship (july 2006). Part 10 of our series on Abie Nathan's off-shore radio station Voice of Peace. Going back to 1976, Hans Knot continues this series, telling us more about Abie Nathan's visit to London and also opening up the diary of the late Howard G. Rose, a.k.a. Crispian St. John.
English Who's Abie Nathan? (july 2006). Who is Abie Nathan? The short answer: an Israeli philanthropist, a tireless peace campaigner and — last but not least — the proud owner of and the driving force behind the offshore radio station, the Voice of Peace, that was airing its messages of peace towards the warring parties in the conflict between Israel and its neighbouring countries from 1973 till 1993. Noam Tal here expands this answer into a longer story.
Dutch Met de PC op de korte golf (juli 2006). Ook met behulp de PC kan je tegenwoordig direct naar de korte-golf-band luisteren. Je hebt daar natuurlijk wel de juiste randapparatuur en software voor nodig, die ook nog eens op de juiste manier moeten worden geïnstalleerd. Richard Zierl geeft daar in zijn boek de nodige aanwijzingen voor. Hans Knot nam zijn adviezen voor ons door.
English On basic human conditions (july 2006). By our upbringing and social surroundings we are caught in a preformatted web of cultural conditions shaping our perceptions. Are we able to escape this cultural matrix or is even our wish to do so a culturally imposed illusion? Looking into the concepts of habitus and field, Hans Durrer here poses some fundamental questions.
  Spring 2006
English A flood of flat-sevenths (june 2006). According to many pop-musicologists the flat-seventh chord, or subtonic, can be regarded as one of the marks of the Beatles' experimental period. On the Beatles' 1966 album Revolver this chord is paired to a lavish use of quartal harmonies. Is this peculiar chord responsible for the album's atmosphere? Answering this question, Ger Tillekens here takes a closer look at the flat-seventh.
English Documentary photography in the 1930s (may 2006). In the wake of the Great Depression two photo documentaries visualised the conditions of work and life of the American farming population, suffering the calamities of drought and economic poverty. Here, Hans Durrer discusses both these projects that were instrumental in defining documentary photography.
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