About the Project
Music is an art that usually speaks for itself. However, sometimes in order to understand it better, it is worthwhile to learn more about the reality and the contexts in which music was composed, to listen to the voices of its authors, writers, lyricists, performers or experts. The Book it! series offers the perfect opportunity to do so.
“Book it! – briefly on music” is a series of meetings with artists, renowned and unique Polish musicians. We invite authors (writers) and/or the protagonists (musicians) of recently published books on music. The pretext and the basis for each meeting is a public discussion about a book but also about life, culture, music, and people. Every meeting follows its own scenario: sometimes we are presented with very vivid descriptions of historical events that our guests experienced at first hand; sometimes we are treated to anecdotes about artistic flamboyance and at other times we may be offered poignant and sad stories of their personal experience. Sometimes, the musicians share with us their recollections of life on tour, bits of wisdom or their reflections on important issues.
As it often happens in life, some of the guests are very eager to speak. Others need gentle encouragement, some cajoling even before they eventually loosen their tongues and their free-flowing narratives kick in, leaving us entranced and hanging on to their every word.
Each meeting consists of several parts that all together create a kaleidoscopic overview of invited guests, music genres and the history of Polish music. Apart from participating in conversations and discussions, you can watch unique films. Each evening ends with an intimate and incomparable live concert, an unparalleled performance not to be missed for the world.
The date of December meeting from “Book it!” cycle is not random. When, if not on the 13th December, in the 31st anniversary of introducing the martial law in Poland, should we talk with Robert Brylewski about his autobiography?
“Kryzys w Babilonie” is an extended interview. (…) The discussion concerns music, but not only: an interview with a punk working during socialism has to deal with politics as well.
Kurier Lubelski, Paweł Franczak, Brylewski: meeting and concert in the anniversary of martial law, 11 December 2012