More Life On Bended Knees
Blues Band was born at the time of communism in the poor Poduene
pubs. The band has hardly appeared at the hungry times of
Lukanov's rule, when it created furor. Songs like "Bureaucrat"
gathered us in crowded little halls and gave us hope we were
not alone against the anonymous machine of bureaucracy. At
the enthusiasm of the demonstrations Vasko's name became a
symbol of freedom, and people went out marching in the streets
because of songs like "Communism Is Going Away",
"The Stray Dog", "Don't Worry, That's Blues".
Today, when it seems old times, censorship and terror are
coming back, and we are caught up by scepticism, we need Poduene
Blues Band's blues even more. At the concert at "Hristo
Botev" hall Vasko electrified the audience again. "Let
There Be Light" and "The Call Of The Wild"
are the new symbols of rebellion and they make us believe
in our strength.
met Vasko at Eddy's pub, where he plays every Thursday.
"Is anybody interested to form the audience taste and what
are the means to do it?"
"Yes, definitely. Propaganda, yellow newspapers, media. All
my life media aim to make people critisize everything without thinking.
That's why hatred is so strong. When one hates without thinking,
it is easy to control his taste."
"Does it mean that somebody is afraid of music?"
"Rock music and especially blues are rebellious, and they have
always been dangerous for tyrants."
"Is it time for rebellion and freedom?"
"There's no time for freedom - you are either free or you are
not. You either fight for it or you give up. I've never stopped
being a rebel. And the music we make with Poduene Blues Band has
always been helping me."
"Do you have the ambition to change something?"
"I have no great ambitions. In general I stand for myself,
my believes, and my soul. If somebody likes it, I'm satisfied."
"What would you like to tell our readers?"
"You're a cool generation, and you're my hope, because I can
see you don't easily give up."
"Hliab i sol" newspaper
April 29, 1996