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Nov 15, 2004 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Pražský Výběr at the Knitting Factory

Concert at the Knitting Factory. Monday, November 15 at 8:30 pm, $ 10




Monday, November 15 at 8:30 pm



Knitting Factory

74 Leonard Street, NYC

Call (212) 219-3132


The Czech rock band Pražský Výběr was founded by Michal Pavlíček and Michael Kocáb in the early 80s. Their first album, A Magpie in Hand (Straka v hrsti), was a reaction to political oppression in former Czechoslovakia.


In 1983, Pražský Výběr was blacklisted and its debut album could not be released until 1988. Nevertheless, thousands of illegal copies on tapes circulated secretly among the band's fans. After the collapse of communist rule, critics awarded the album with the honor of "second best album of the past thirty years." Pražský Výběr became a symbol of resistance to the totalitarian regime. Unlike the majority of underground bands, they not only sent out a powerful message through their lyrics but also performed at a high musical level, steadily keeping at the head of modern fusion rock.


In 1987 Pražský Výběr made a long awaited comeback with a very successful second album, paradoxically released before their first one. The feature film Pražákům, těm je tu hej (The Pragers Are in Clover) was released in 1989, documenting the band’s unusual history.


Michael Kocáb, a main advisor to Václav Havel and a member of Parliament, helped organize the withdrawal of the Soviet troops from Czechoslovakia, the fastest pull–out operation of all of the former Soviet satellite states. To celebrate this significant event, Pražský Výběr launched a tour that closed with the major concert “Adieu CA” (Adieu Soviet Army), featuring Frank Zappa as a guest performer.



Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


Nov 15, 2004 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


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