The lyrics of Kryl's songs are highly poetic and sophisticated, with perfect rhyming and a frequent use of metaphors and historical allusions. The sparse sounds of his guitar served to underscore the natural flow of the lyrics themselves.
In certain respects—especially the complexity of his lyrics, his accompaniment by a single acoustic guitar, and also his great popularity—Kryl was similar to a young Bob Dylan. However, unlike Dylan, the Czech singer had a smooth and pure, though forceful voice, which gave a hauntingly moving quality to his mournful lyrics. The Kryl family owned a printing business, which was confiscated from them after the communist takeover in He graduated in Kryl moved to Prague in as an assistant at Czechoslovak Television.
In his spare time he performed his romantic and satiric folk songs in numerous small clubs. When the Warsaw Pact armies occupied Czechoslovakia on August 21,to suppress the Prague Spring reform movement, Kryl released his first album. The album described his perception of the inhumanity of the regime and his views on life under communist rule.
The album, released in earlywas banned and removed from shelves shortly after, but this could not prevent the songs from getting around Ocelárna - Karel Kryl - Koncert z Melbourne Sokol 17.5.1986 audience and becoming cult hits. Faced with certainty of imprisonment in his homeland, he decided to apply for political asylum and stay abroad.
His second album, Rakovina meaning "Cancer" in Czech was banned in Czechoslovakia; however, copies were smuggled into the country and circulated widely. The title song, and other songs on the album, reflected on the paralysis that brought the nation of the Prague Spring on its knees and into a new subjugation; they reference the self-sacrifice of Jan Palach as well as the brutal suppression by the Czechoslovak police of peaceful protests on the first anniversary of the invasion.
Kryl attained a second, German, graduation in and Ocelárna - Karel Kryl - Koncert z Melbourne Sokol 17.5.1986 on to study art history and journalism at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munichthough he Help! - The Beatles - 1962-1966 / 1967-1970 (VHS) attained a title. Though his albums were banned in Czechoslovakia and not played on government-controlled radio stations, many of his songs became iconic back in his homeland, where listening to his records or singing his songs became a major component of underground protest.
Kryl went on several tours across Scandinavia, North America and Australia. During this time, he composed songs not only in his native Czech, but also in Polish and German. At first he was thrilled with the end of totalismbut he soon became openly disappointed with the course of transformation of the politics and society. Kryl also attacked those who sought to manipulate the Czech and Slovak citizens by nationalist catchphrases and lies about economic transformation.
Due to the conditions in the country that he considered unbearable, he decided to leave for Germany again. On March 3,just a month before his fiftieth birthday, Karel Kryl died of a heart attack in a Munich hospital. Czech Wikiquote has quotations related to: Karel Kryl. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Karel Kryl. Retrieved 1 August Marlen Kryl. Retrieved Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.
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