Vladimír Mišík

Vladimír Mišík (born 8 March 1947)[1] is a Czech musician and politician. He is the founder or co-founder of the bands Matadors, Blue Effect, and Etc....

Vladimír Mišík
white-haired, older white male wearing glasses, sitting behind microphone, looking left of camera
Mišík in 2015
Background information
Born (1947-03-08) 8 March 1947 (age 75)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Genres
Occupation(s)Musician, politician
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1960s–present
Formerly of
Websitevladimirmisik.cz

CareerEdit

MusicEdit

Mišík founded his first band, Uragán, as a teenager.[2] Later, he became the lead singer of Komety, where he met Radim Hladík, with whom he also played in Fontána (later known as The Matadors). He also sang in Karel Duba's band. In 1968, Mišík and Hladík co-founded the band Blue Effect.[3][4]

In 1970, Mišík left Blue Effect and became a member of Flamengo, with whom he recorded Kuře v hodinkách, the only studio album the band released.[5] The record, published in 1972, was banned by the Communist regime under Normalization and the group broke up the same year. During this period, Mišík also briefly sang with Energit.

In 1974, he founded his own band, called Etc..., with which he is active to this day. He also occasionally performed with Vladimír Merta and Jan Hrubý in the folk rock band Čundrgrund.

 
Čundrgrund in 1977. From left: Petr Kalandra, Vladimír Merta, Vladimír Mišík

In 1982, Mišík was banned from performing by the Communist government, though he was permitted to resume musical activities by 1985.[6][7]

 
Let Mišík sing! – graffiti on a wall in Holešovice, Prague, April 1983, from the period when Mišík's concerts were banned by Communist authorities. The graffiti was repeatedly painted over, but it always reappeared.

In 2004, Mišík was inducted into the Beatová síň slávy (Beat Hall of Fame).[8]

 
Mišík performing in 2005

In 2007, after dealing with serious health problems, Mišík returned to performing with Etc...[9]

In 2012, on the fortieth anniversary of Flamengo's Kuře v hodinkách, Mišík joined the briefly reunited group onstage at Prague's Palác Akropolis for a concert that included two of his Etc... bandmates, as well as other guest musicians.[10]

In 2016, director Jitka Němcová filmed the feature documentary Nechte zpívat Mišíka about the artist.[11]

His 2019 album, Jednou Tě Potkám, was nominated for IMPALA's European Independent Album of the Year Award.[12] A year later, it won six Anděl Awards, in the categories Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year, Best Folk Album, and Best Rock Album.[13]

In April 2021, the musician announced that he would cease to perform, for health reasons.[14]

PoliticsEdit

In 1990, Mišík was elected to the Czech National Council for two years, as a member of the Civic Forum party.[15]

In October 2013, he refused to accept a state award from President Miloš Zeman, as an expression of dissatisfaction with some recent decisions made by the Czech leader.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Mišík's father, John Gaugan, was an American soldier, and his mother was a Slovak nurse who worked for the Red Cross in Germany at the end of World War II. In 2017, he learned that he has another nine siblings in the United States.[17]

Mišík has three children. Two of them, Martin and Adam, are also musicians.

In 1995, astronomers at the Kleť Observatory named an asteroid in the solar system after the artist. The International Astronomical Union approved the name "Mišík" for asteroid No. 18456 in 2014.[18]

DiscographyEdit

 
Poet Jaromír Pelc and Etc... – Vladimír Mišík, Jaroslav Olin Nejezchleba, Jan Hrubý (1985)

with Blue EffectEdit

  • Meditace (1970)
  • Kingdom of Life (1971 – English version of Meditace)

with FlamengoEdit

with Etc...Edit

  • Etc… (1976 – also known as Stříhali dohola malého chlapečka)
  • They Cut Off the Little Boy's Hair (1978 – English version of Etc…)
  • Etc… 2 (1980)
  • Etc… 3 (1987)
  • Etc… 4 (1987)
  • Jiří Jelínek in memoriam (1987)
  • 20 deka duše (1990)
  • Nechte zpívat Mišíka (1991)
  • Jen se směj (1993)
  • Unplugged (1994)
  • Město z peřin (1996)
  • Nůž na hrdle (1999)
  • Umlkly stroje (2004)
  • Archa + hosté (2008)
  • Déja vu (1976–1987) Box I. (2009)
  • Ztracený podzim (2010)
  • Déja vu (1989–1996) Box II. (2010)

with Blue ShadowsEdit

  • Jednou tě potkám (2019)
  • Noční obraz (2021)[19]

CompilationsEdit

  • Síň slávy (2000)
  • Královský večer (2014)
  • Životní režim (2018)

Other recordingsEdit

  • Požár na obloze (1988 – reinterpretation of Jaromír Pelc's poetry)[20]
  • Pár tónů, které přebývají (1989 – reinterpretation of Václav Hrabě's poetry)
  • Vladimír Mišík & Mirek Kovářík – Reduta Blues (2013)[21]

TributesEdit

  • Bazarem proměn: A Tribute to Vladimír Mišík (2015)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jaromír Tůma (10 March 2009). "Mišík, Vladimír". Český hudební slovník (in Czech). Centrum hudební lexikografie. Archived from the original on 3 March 2021. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  2. ^ Dita Brančíková (27 March 2012). "Vladimír Mišík - muzikant, kytarista | Hudba « Best of ... - Magazín o úspěšných lidech". Ibestof.cz. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  3. ^ "13. komnata Vladimíra Mišíka — Česká televize". Ceskatelevize.cz. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  4. ^ Krzysztof Wieczorek (18 September 2019). "Kolej na muzykę: The Blue Effect – "A Benefit of Radim Hladík" (1975)" (in Polish). Wolna Droga. Archived from the original on 3 March 2021. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  5. ^ Křivka, Jiří (29 May 2006). "Kuře v hodinkách - Flamengo mezi špióny a mikrofony (1.)" (in Czech). Muzikus. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Nová Vlna Se Starým Obsahem (23.3.1983)" [New Wave with Old Content (23.3.1983)]. moderni-dejiny.cz (in Czech). 28 November 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  7. ^ "Vladimír Mišík". ceskatelevize.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  8. ^ "Beatová síň slávy - Blue Effect | Český a slovenský". Hudba.vltava.cz. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Zpěvák Vladimír Mišík se vrací na pódium" [Singer Vladimír Mišík Returns to the Stage]. novinky.cz (in Czech). 18 May 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  10. ^ "VIDEO: Vladimír Mišík pokřtí živé DVD Kuře v hodinkách" [VIDEO: Vladimír Mišík Will Baptize a Live DVD of Kuře v hodinkách]. idnes.cz (in Czech). 19 October 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  11. ^ "Legenda oslaví 70 premiérou dokumentu Nechte zpívat Mišíka. 'Zaplaťpánbůh, je to veselý film'" [Legend Will Celebrate His 70th with the Premiere of the Documentary "Nechte zpívat Mišíka". "Thank God, It's a Happy Film".]. irozhlas.cz (in Czech). 7 March 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  12. ^ "22 nominees shortlisted for IMPALA's European Independent Album of the Year Award | Impala". www.impalamusic.org. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  13. ^ "Zpěvák Vladimír Mišík proměnil šest nominací a ovládl Ceny Anděl. Skupinou roku je Mirai" [Singer Vladimír Mišík Turned Six Nominations Into Anděl Awards. The Group of the Year is Mirai]. irozhlas.cz (in Czech). 20 June 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  14. ^ "Ukládám svého Gibsona do futrálu, loučí se Mišík s fanoušky. Ze zdravotních důvodů končí s koncerty" [I'm Putting Away My Gibson; Mišík Says Goodbye to Fans. He Stops Concerts for Health Reasons]. irozhlas.cz (in Czech). 1 April 2021. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  15. ^ "Vladimír Mišík". psp.cz. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  16. ^ "Vladimír Mišík nepřijme od Zemana státní vyznamenání" [Vladimír Mišík Will Not Accept a State Award from Zeman]. novinky.cz (in Czech). 27 October 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  17. ^ Bednářová, Veronika (10 March 2017). VIDEO: Vladimír Mišík našel po 70 letech novou rodinu: Reflex byl u toho!. Reflex.cz. CZECH NEWS CENTER, a.s. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  18. ^ "Mišík je jako večernice. Pluje černou oblohou a má průměr 5 kilometrů" [Mišík Is Like an Evening Star. It Flies Through the Black Sky and Has a Diameter of 5 Kilometers]. idnes.cz (in Czech). 6 May 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  19. ^ "Vladimír Mišík – Noční obraz". supraphonline.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  20. ^ "Jaromír Pelc – Požár na obloze". discogs.com. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  21. ^ "Mirek Kovářík, Vladimír Mišík a ČDG – Reduta Blues". galen.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 13 March 2022.

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