“Czech Dylan” Karel Kryl died 30 years ago today

Karel Kryl, sometimes referred to as ‘the Czech Bob Dylan’ because of his complex and poetic lyrics on political themes, died 30 years ago today, a month shy of his 50th birthday. Kryl was one of the best-known Czech folk musicians of the communist era, famous for his protest songs critical of the Czechoslovak communist regime like Bratříčku zavírej vrátka (Close the Gate, Little Brother), composed in response to the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia.

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