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DOSSIER September 2007
by Gogol Bordello


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HüTZNOMOVETZ - INTRO WORD - There are many of us for whom music is an irreplaceable part of life We rely on it to take us out of sadness, pressures of poverty, youth, age, etc Mixed with alcohol it seems to be a remedy for just about anything Be it a rapid fire of notes exploding in catharsis all over the major key or an obsessive marathon of soul-searching sounds crawling around minor it all appears somehow more solid and present in our lives than materials something we can always address and hold on too At its best music connects us to a feeling as large as the whole goddamn universe itself...

Of course, sometimes when sober, we can say, Well, after all, its just music Yet everywhere youll go, in every culture, youll see its major royal presence Some say with a straight up claim that music is the essence of life (for example: Wlodzimier Staniewski with his theatre group Gardzienice(Musicality of Earth, or seePraktyki teatralne Wl. Staniewski Test, Lublin, 97, Poland)) I join in with them Others see it more as an inhancing luxurious amusement-like activity. Sure, Im down with that too, but one way or another, both positions advocate its primal positive powers

Often you will hear people talking about a concert theyve experienced for years! Why? In Gypsy mythology they say it is memorable because the devil visited that room, others say the other guy was there But one way or another they all link it to supernatural

Considering its power, it is not impossible to think of music making as a sacred art discipline and, for example, in anthropological tribal studies the medicine man functions are not really differentiated from musicians But lets not get too anthropological on your ass These are just elementary streamline reminders of musics rocking good and what it could do.

But instead, saturated with garbage, airways discredit this art and separate people from the power and meaning of music Rivers of meaningless puke are poured into ours ears on daily basis and many forgot to even think about music as of a major source of energy, joy and inspiration and fucking heat too!..

As a matter of fact, it has been turned into something that steals our energy and replaces it with stress and discouraging examples of what making music leads to All kinds of false notions of joyless, artificial, pseudo-mythology are now firmly attached to it... Celebrity lifestyle, VIP status, acting like an asshole all these notions seem to be inseparable from music making these days. Many fall for it just to be spat out with a raped and destroyed sense of self-worth Kids start bands often motivated by fame alone Of course, many great famous brothers, like Stravinsky or Josef Boyse, for example, succeeded in turning fame into a vehicle of positive energies and spreading great progressive shit But it is perhaps, worth to mention that mechanics of modern fame have changed from its original oral tradition drive, which produced legends, anecdotes, good word, etc Mechanics of modern fame are fueled by media and media alone and nobody in their fucking right mind, of course, would start passing legends about, for example, The Strokes or their twin sister Britney Spears

But getting back it is as easy as one plus fucking three The more sources of inspiration you have, the better off you are The happier you go through your day towards a more enjoyable night the better you generally walk through the fire and so on life-ward to the next drink(Russells Strategies of Being). But economics these days so strongly rule the arts and for obvious reasons favor English-speaking product, that it does not provide you with any info on actual real music at all Even if you are a curious soul and ventured out to get something different, you very well end up with Buddha Bar or Putamya record products which promises you something exotic but basically are traps for yuppies who would like to fancy themselves cultured That is basically like attending a belly dance class in Wyoming with the hopes to understand Muslims Even if a good artist shows up on a compilation like that after a labels re-mastering his work comes across as nothing but an ass-licking background singing for Starbucks coffee shop. This situation also prolongs total ignorance and confusion Youll find millions of people not knowing if they support or oppose Globalization simply because they dont know what it means Or thanks to great products like Global Lounge compilation you will find people who celebrate Globalization And youll think, wow man, I never thought that new Colonialism can be such a great cause for a party

Favoring of White-English speaking product is often explained by patriotic or simply stupid arguments like, people can really understand this song. This is total fucking bullshit. For every scientist will tell you that sound is the purest form of information. The language barrier in the context of music does not exist. And majority of power is contained in fingers of a player and in the tone of his/her voice. This is why the emotional message of music is so instant and human Thats why the voice of Johnny Cash or Vladimir Visotsky goes unstoppably through anything to anyone And meaning of music stands up in its full pride Of course lyrical content of a song may take it much higher, but not knowing English never stopped millions around the world (including myself) from growing up on rocknroll So if you dont mind an extra fuel for your life you just may have to make music research your task, for information on good music is not provided, and not searching for it, is basically stealing from yourself Fortunately, most of us live in places where information, if not provided, is still accessible without riding a horse for a week In some most animalistic highs sometimes I dive with my ribs open out from the stage onto the table full of glasses and bottles Im pretty sure that if I would do it in silence, I would perhaps go straight to the hospital

With our music, and music that we popularize, we try to reach out and remind people that when taken out of the hands of a parasite, music is still a great lead into a democratic atmosphere of chaos where moments of great freedom and where great friends could be found And that in the world of rapidly dissolving authentic cultures, soul-searching through the music is something that connects you with the most authentic thing there isyour savage heart

And so to answer many questions at once, here is a list of music that we recommend and keeps us company on our tour bus and everywhere else we go Of course we cant provide you with detailed information on where to get each and every album, for we are not a shop but the albums recommended here are solid from the beginning to the end for the most part. It is a matter of individual feeling if you go completely nuts for it Keep in mind also that many fantastic things are not mentioned simply because they are part of our previous or next tour bus collection But if used wisely and with a good awareness of a sequence this collection alone can make you a best dj in your fucking hemisphere

Stay Strong and Fucking Enjoy, Hütz - Finished Aug 2003, Friday night, NY all music is fucking yours To view the music collection please go to:


Records [up]
Voi-La Intruder   Voi-La Intruder
   1999 - Album
   buy it at iTunes

When The Trickster Starts a-Pokin'   When The Trickster Starts a-Pokin'
   2001 - Single
   buy it at iTunes
Multi Kontra Culti vs. Irony   Multi Kontra Culti vs. Irony
   2002 - Album
   buy it at iTunes
East Infection   East Infection
   2004 - EP
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Gypsy Punks Underdog World Strike   Gypsy Punks Underdog World Strike
   2005 - Album
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Super Taranta!   Super Taranta!
   2007 - Album
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Live From Axis Mundi   Live From Axis Mundi
   2009 - DVD + CD
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Trans-Continental Hustle   Trans-Continental Hustle
   2010 - Album
   buy it at iTunes

Main contributions [up]
Miracle   La Phaze: Miracle
   2008 Because Music - Album
   buy it at iTunes

Ciao Mortali   Tonino Carotone: Ciao Mortali
   2008 - Album
   buy it at iTunes
Latinista   Roy Paci & Aretuska: Latinista
   2010 Etnagigante - Album
10   Che Sudaka: 10
   2011 Cavernicola Records - Album
   buy it at iTunes

News [up]
  05.04.2010: Festival "Au fond du jardin du Michel" (Français)
  28.09.2008: CHE SUDAKA será artista invitado en la gira de GOGOL BORDELLO (Castellano)

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  The Forum for Gogol Bordello

Videos [up]
  01.2008: La Phaze & Gogol Bordello - LA FIEVRE LIVE

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  Gogol Bordello - Barcelona 2007

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