I remember a great impression in 1973, I had on the newspaper advert as Roman Waschko “music is not serious” - announcement of the First National Tournament Presenters (Deejays) Discos. I never thought that in Poland, a country deeply backward and then locked to the commies can do something like that. But ...
I was living in Upper Silesia (after moving from the Sudetenland situated at the foot of the picturesque Dzierżoniów) and worked in the coal mine, which guaranteed avoid conscription. All intelligent young Poles then tried to avoid going to the army and did so for various more or less effective ways.
It is in the Upper Silesia I had guys from the clubs and deejaying: Kazik Jarzabek, Andrzej Matuszek and from Siemianowice Slaskie, Chris Sochowski of Katowice Załęże or Jurek Kinda rich kid from Katowice and then a very elite city disctrict for VIP communists - Brynów.
In my beloved Dzierżoniów or Bielawa where I started my deejay career there were not any deejays or people who would be interested in this. But this, however, there were Bielawa Dzierżoniów and my roots, friends and knowledge - my entire childhood and youth, and therefore there took off for the elimination tournament for the presenters. First, my club, “mother” or Cultural establishments, “Bielawa” from Bielawa, and my mentor and sponsor, Mr. Andrew Janiszewski set me a certificate stating that from April 1970 I was a presenter and play with them, discos and music lectures based on the presentation boards. With this certificate rushed to my home Dzierzoniow - to the District House of Culture to confirm this and send to the Regional Cultural Centre in Wroclaw. The latter institution has organized regional qualifiers, only after the National Tournament.
The chief Dzierżoniów District House of Culture was one Czocher - sot and were Sbek (secret Police) and fierce commie - creature which everything and everyone disturbed. He did not want me to sign and send a notification to the province. He saw it all as a betrayal of communist ideals and decided to lock the case! But I had in that District House of Culture cool and honest guy, who decided to help me and crept (risking huge, considering who was in Czocher s) to his boss seal - while this was (as usual) stoned. Forged his signature and the corporate envelope we sent a notification to Wroclaw. We were assured that commie Czocher never dull it does not fall. After some time, came the invitation to the elimination of the province, the region of Wroclaw, which were to be held in the Municipal House of Culture in Jelenia Góra.
He was very cold in March 1973 when I rode with my heart pounding in these eliminations. Guys from Upper Silesia (Matuszek & Jarząbek) prepared me a tape of music that I present / play in Jelenia Gora. Train with Rudy Silesian where I lived was going to Jelenia Gora 7 hours. I boarded this train at the station Ruda Slaska - Chebzie at 4:00 in the morning. The train was cold, empty and uncomfortable. But I enjoyed views of the window. Southern mountains, small and picturesque village and its railway ignition. Although fascinated by life in Upper Silesia, however, missed Dzierzoniow, where I spent the whole of your life - a life which, despite many bad moments I really enjoyed it.
Finally, just after the afternoon arrived in Jelenia Gora. For the 17.00 he was appointed to the eliminations I had a lot of time, but in those years in cities such as Jelenia Gora, there was nothing to do. Walking the streets watching the shop windows where there was almost nothing. I looked also to the local milk / food bar for a cheap but hearty meal. Finally I decided to find the Municipal Cultural Centre. It turned out that a few minutes walk from the market on the outskirts of the city in a palace seized from the owner after the war. The House of Culture was already a nice crowd of guests or presenters / deejays with their partners, journalists, activists, spies from the SB. Presenters / deejays and some who just wanted them to be played all sorts of music and made the bizarre presentation. He was the guy who played operatic arias and talking about them (rather read the cards) after about 15 minutes for each. He was also the guy who played the Soviet military marches, and the second such that it only played the hits of the Beatles ..
Nobody back then so to the end he did not know what it takes to be the disco and the presenter / deejay. More or less imitated radio programs and radio discjockeyów because it was the only thing we associate with playing music from tapes. After midnight, ended qualifying and qualifying committee set to work. Around 1.00 in the smoky room the night of greasy gentleman came out and stammering and przejęzyczając (instead Pawul Pawel said, Bitelasów instead Bitlesów, etc.) began to publish the results - the names of the winners of elimination. Among mentioned surnames fell also my. The Commission strongly indicated that guy from the Beatles and the second of operatic arias is very good and mature presenters / deejays, and I’m going to heel, because I was playing without leading idea which is only stuff, songs to dance and it was too pro-Western and American and committee clearly lacking in all this good Polish hit. One played the hits I remember particularly hard (because it was sensational) - ‘scoripio’ - Dennis Coffey. Other hits that have played a ‘black night’ - Deep Purple, ‘ramble on’ - Led Zeppelin, ‘get ready’ - Rare Earth, ‘Down on the Corner’ - Creadence Clearwater Revival, ‘green eyed lady - Sugarloaf,’ we’re an American Band “- Grand Funk Railroad, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ - Lynyrd Skynyrd, ‘Crosstown Traffic - Jimi Hendrix,’ born to be wild” - Steppenwolf, ‘all right now’ - Free. Such was then the music for dancing.
Qualifying ended around 2.00 at night and there remained nothing else but to go way back to the train station Jeleniogórski. I only train in the morning, so kroiło to several hours sitting on the cold station. Nothing is - I was happy that I have behind these tragicomic eliminations and that went on ... I believed that the tournament will be different and better. Cold station did not impress me. I sat on a wooden bench, closed my eyes and dreamed. I had a hot head of the dream - I dreamed a good performance, arranging the text of the announcement to the recordings, I dreamed about winning, about fame, cash and a dozen beautiful grove. I was 21 years old and I had such dreams.
In October 1973, nearly half a hundred Polish followed presenters / deejays from different cities and towns to Wroclaw. All of the hopes for success and a piece of normality, to progress in career and stuff. The first National Tournament was held Presenters disco in the small and cramped, the seat replacement student club ‘Mansion House’ - near the market. The main organizer Francis Walicki, Polish rock guru, sat between the meeting and read a list of participants in the tournament while handing passes to the club, the hotel and on the student cafeteria. Then informed of all - the rules of the tournament. The principle that almost knocked me on my knees is that events do not play the audio tape of the original discs only. Few people in those days had foreign plates. We played almost all of the audio tapes of the so-called. ‘Reel’. Therefore I had a problem. In two days my performance in qualifying to the finals, and I had only a single disc with shame busily retractable reel tape that was recorded on the license Grundig tape recorder by my guy and deejay Silesian Andrew Matuszek. The bigger problem was that I did not know anyone in this crowd of presenters, and besides, they were all competitors for you.
That first evening was the only organization (the tournament was to last all week). After this first meeting we went cold in the tram around the Olympic Stadium in Wroclaw - are built by people of Hitl
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