ON THIS DAY… 24 MAY 2004

I PRESENTED B.B. KING WITH THE POLAR MUSIC PRIZE

On this day in 2004, I presented B.B. King with the Polar Music Prize. It was an honour to be invited to be a part of this, as B.B. King was a figure who inspired generations of musicians, from his contemporaries to the present day. The soundsource is ‘Rock Me Baby' from 1964.

Also a recipient of the music prize that day was György Ligeti - the avant garde classical composer whose ‘Lux Aeterna' was featured in the film '2001: A Space Odyssey'.

PHOTO: © 2000 Alan Nahigan

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ON THIS DAY… 24 MAY 2004

I PRESENTED B.B. KING WITH THE POLAR MUSIC PRIZE

On this day in 2004, I presented B.B. King with the Polar Music Prize. It was an honour to be invited to be a part of this, as B.B. King was a figure who inspired generations of musicians, from his contemporaries to the present day. The soundsource is ‘Rock Me Baby’ from 1964.

Also a recipient of the music prize that day was György Ligeti - the avant garde classical composer whose ‘Lux Aeterna' was featured in the film '2001: A Space Odyssey'.

PHOTO: © 2000 Alan Nahigan

24 May 2004

24 May 2004

ON THIS DAY… 22 MAY 2006

I RECEIVED THE POLAR MUSIC PRIZE WITH LED ZEPPELIN

On this day in 2006, I attended the Polar Music Prize Ceremony at the Konserthuset Royal Philharmonic Concert Hall in Stockholm, which is the same venue as the Nobel Prize Ceremony.

Nina Persson of The Cardigans performed ‘Whole Lotta Love’ at the concert hall. Conny Bloom sang and played acoustically at the dinner reception.

Every year, the Polar Music Prize is awarded to someone from the field of popular music and someone from the classical world. This year it had been awarded to Valery Gergiev, the passionate Russian conductor.

THE 2006 POLAR MUSIC PRIZE IS AWARDED TO THE BRITISH GROUP LED ZEPPELIN, ONE OF THE GREAT PIONEERS OF ROCK.

THEIR PLAYFUL AND EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC COMBINED WITH HIGHLY ECLECTIC ELEMENTS HAS TWO ESSENTIAL THEMES: MYSTICISM AND PRIMAL ENERGY. THESE ARE FEATURES THAT HAVE COME TOP DEFINE THE GENRE ‘HARD ROCK’.

22 May 2006

22 May 2006