This weeks Powerplay on MFD Radio is Cornelis Vreeswijk – Somliga går med trasiga skor (Bow Miller Remix)
Cornelis Vreeswijk (8 August 1937 – 12 November 1987) was a singer-songwriter, poet and actor born in IJmuiden in the Netherlands. He emigrated to Sweden with his parents in 1949 at the age of twelve. Cornelis Vreeswijk is today considered as one of the most influential and successful troubadours in Sweden.
A political singer with a bohemian lifestyle, Vreeswijk remained controversial in the sixties and early seventies, idolized by his fans but disapproved of by many others for his “rude” language and persistent interest in “unsuitable” people like prostitutes and criminals. Some of his records were blacklisted by the public broadcasting company Sveriges Radio. Later in his career, Vreeswijk was to gain increasing fame and a wider audience both for his songs and his other work. He published several volumes of poetry in his lifetime and left a considerable manuscript legacy of poems which have been published since.Towards the end of Vreeswijk’s life his reputation soared again, aided by the televising of some highly regarded nightclub shows, and by Agneta Brunius’ TV documentary Balladen om den flygande holländaren (The Ballad of the Flying Dutchman) in 1986. By the time of his death from liver cancer at the age of fifty, Cornelis Vreeswijk had become an icon of the Swedish music scene, and he was honored with burial at the cemetery of Katarina kyrka, a national cemetery in Stockholm.
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