Da løgnen kom inn i norsk politikk

Jeg har nå funnet det nøyaktige øyeblikk da det begyndte å gå utfor med norsk politikk, og jeg har fotobevis for saken. Det skjedde den 21. oktober (eller deromkring) i 1974 – den dagen da Carl I. Hagen for første gang vandret opp Løvebakken som fast møtende representant, etter Anders Langes død den 18. oktober. […]

Some more about Rudolphus

First a little background: Some days ago, my friend Kevin Edelvang, organ grinder at St Stephen’s Church in Copenhagen, sent me a funny little text that started with “Reno erat Rudolphus”. I thought it might be fun to find a Gregorian hymn melody that would fit the metre, and slip the song in at some […]

Reno erat Rudolphus

Here’s a Christmas song that I wrote 800 years ago:   (if the fancy media bar above doesn’t work, or if you want to download an mp3) And here’s the sheet music to go with it, in a slightly modernized version (and with some changes in the lyrics in relation to the recorded version): Ten […]

En strategi om religion og fornuft

This is a post about islam. Or maybe not – it’s mostly about the value of having a society that is based on secular, rational principles. It’s in Danish, because it relates to a discussion that was going on in Denmark over the summer. Hvorfor er det nu, at det for medier og politikere er […]

“This Machine . . . “

“What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could […]

Another Self Portrait — a review in sonata form

Slow intro, setting the theme One reviewer of this latest release in the Bootleg Series asks: “Remember the first time you heard Blonde On Blonde, or John Wesley Harding?” He is somehow implying that Another Self Portrait is the same kind of experience, having to do somehow with reinvention, recreation. Well, what can I say? […]

Another Self Portrait

Just a quick note to say that I’m looking forward to the release of the Bootleg Series vol. 10, Another Self Portrait, which will highlight the very interesting period around 1970, seeing the controversial releases of Self Portrait and New Morning. Since I consider this to be one of the two, perhaps three most interesting […]

My Fault (a punk song)

Tom Lehrer once said: “If you can’t communicate, the least you can do is shut up!” I’ve been living by that adage: if I don’t think what I have to say will make any difference, then why say it? I don’t have an expressive urge, and history is filled with great art, made and transmitted […]