“ From the blood of communists and patriots fists were born: fists of revolt and warning, fists of the revolution, fists of liberty. We were shot, but never killed, never subdued. We crushed the darkness and paved the way for the Sun. “
Guard barracks, Crveni Krst ( Red Cross ) concentration camp, Niš, Serbia. One of the best-preserved Nazi camps in Europe, and the site of the biggest-ever breakout from a concentration camp.
Ohrid, Macedonia. Well, that was nice, but I gotta move on now.
As a child, discovering pop music on the radio ( WLS AM Chicago, to be precise ), I loved this – as well as the various other novelty hits in rotation. I say novelty, because, from EWG’s Frankenstein to Train In Vain by The Clash, to Gary Numan and back to E.L.O. and B.O.C., it was all pretty novel.
I’m in Izmir, which is on the coast of the Aegean Sea and is the third-largest city in Turkey. One of the things I did today was drink tea at a hole-in-the-wall sidewalk joint, where the owner DJed crackly old Turkish 45s.
For the dorks, that’s a German-made Perpetuum-Ebner Musical 5V from the 1950s, which happens to be the same model Elvis used when he was in the army.