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Olga Sommerová

Olga Sommerová

filmmaker

Radio Luxembourg with its jingles was holy and international for me.

I was born in 1949, my brother was eight years older than me. He was a handsome, two metres tall blue-eyed dude not the least interested in socialism, dressed like a Teddy boy and used to listen to rock-and-roll, and I admired and loved him. He got scarlet fever during the war, there were no antibiotics and in the 60´s dialysis did not exist yet. He died in 1964, at the age of 23, of kidney failure. But till this period I used to spend time with him as his loving little sister. I remember that we had an old Telefunken radio at home, where the station of Radio Luxembourg was constantly set. It played continuously at home. My brother taught me to how to dance in our living room, these were my dancing lessons because after his death with my fifteen years I was so heartbroken that I had no mind to visit a dance hall. I was twelve or thirteen when I listened to Paul Anka or Elvis Presley with him. Radio Luxembourg with its jingles was holy and international for me.

When I made a film about Marta Kubišová who told me she had learned to sing from Luxembourg, I knew that this sequence had to be in the film. I asked my friend Miloš Skalka, editor in the Czech Radio and expert of pop music, to provide me the jingles of Radio Luxembourg. In a pub, he gave me a detailed lecture about all the radio stations that broadcasted western music at the time of the socialist murk.

I knew the pub „U Veverky“ in Bubeneč exhibited old radios, and I decided to make the sequence about Luxembourg with Marta there. When Marta saw the film for the first time and heard the jingles, she turned to me happily, remembering these old times. And I was also happy remembering my beloved brother Petr.






  • Petra Janda Petra
    Janda
    singer and musician

    „Let them have more rock´n´roll and it will break down itself

  • Marie Rottrová Marie
    Rottrová
    singer

    It was a “wooden” time of the rock music in the Czechoslovakia ...

  • Ivan Mládek Ivan
    Mládek
    singer and musician

    Radio Luxembourg is at the origin of my continuous appearances on Czech and Slovak stages.

  • Vladimír Mertlík Vladimír
    Mertlík
    producer

    “Rejdijóu Laxnberg” represented a contact with the world “over there”...

  • Ladislav Štaidl Ladislav
    Štaidl
    musician

    Laxík was a source of inspiration and strong emotional experiences.

  • Olga Sommerová Olga
    Sommerová
    filmmaker

    Radio Luxembourg with its jingles was holy and international for me.

  • Hana and Petr Ulrych Hana
    and
    Petr
    Ulrych
    Musicians

    Radio Luxembourg simply started a total revolution!

  • Rangers Rangers Music band

    It was not about language but about the heart.

  • Marta Kubišová Marta
    Kubišová
    singer

    Laxík taught me to phrase...

  • Pavel Chrastina Pavel
    Chrastina
    musician

    Radio Luxembourg was the absolute supply of our material.

  • Jaroslav Svěcený Jaroslav
    Svěcený
    violin virtuoso

    I have real friends among the Luxembourgers...

  • Jaroslav Kubera Jaroslav
    Kubera
    politician

    Till today, I know to say with a perfect English accent the sentence: „Radio Luxembourg, your Station of the Stars.“

  • Ondřej Hejma Ondřej
    Hejma
    musician

    My favourite was Tony Price ...

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