In the former Czechoslovakia, music critic Jiří Černý became popular for presenting what he referred to as Anti Disco. He traveled throughout the country, playing recorded music of forbidden artists and performers who sent him their records from abroad. His entire career is based on his ability to reject external political influences.
He was born on 25th February 1936 in Prague. After studying at Charles University he worked for a Czechoslovak sport magazine then as a culture editor for the magazine Young World (Mladý svět) before becoming a freelancer. In addition to his Anti Disco project, Černý became very popular as the creator of Czech radio's first music chart called Twelve on a Swing (Dvanáct na houpačce). For example, Černý would put together an album of Karel Kryl or a selection of works by folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel. After the Velvet Revolution, he helped to create the Civic Forum and organised some of their demonstrations.
Černý is still dedicated to his profession. He writes newspaper columns, manages his own website, and hosts the oldies radio show, The Lonely Hearts Club of Sergeant Pepper.
The Faithful I Remain website captures authentic and unique testimonies from witnesses of Palach’s sacrifice and presents fascinating stories from people who were inescapably affected by political trials, Soviet occupation and the subsequent “normalization”.
We invited publicly known figures to share their recollections of an historic and challenging time, resulting in a series of interviews full of intimate memories, experiences and impressions that illustrate critical turning points in the period of Communist rule.
The website was created by 2FRESH for HBO Europe s. r. o. to support the Burning Bush, a three-part drama from world-renowned Polish director Agnieszka Holland.The project was completed with assistance from the Prague City Council and Mayor of Prague MUDr. Bohuslav Svoboda.
HBO Europe's three-part drama Burning Bush, directed by world-renowned Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, premiered on the HBO film channel on 27th January 2013.
Both the most extensive and ambitious project in the history of HBO Europe, the film recalls a period of Czech modern history which had been ignored in Czech cinema until now.
The film begins with the reconstruction of the shocking act of Jan Palach, who set himself on fire on 16 January 1969 in protest against the Soviet occupation
The story follows the young lawyer who represents Jan Palach’s mother against an influential Communist official and serves to describe the transformation of the Czechoslovak society at the time – from the silent protest culminating at Palach’s burial to growing resignation and the upcoming period of “normalization.”