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DG 307

From Unearthing The Music

DG 307, a Czechoslovak group that took its name from the legal exemption from national service on the grounds of mental health, co-opted their instruments from everyday life. In his samizdat ‘Report on the Third Czech Musical Revival’ circulated in 1975, Ivan 'Magor' Jirous claimed ‘DG 307 is more youthful, far more liberated from the conventions of rock or any other type of music. This is further emphasised by the untraditional instruments they use (they play on iron bars, vacuum cleaner tubes, typewriters, etc). A great deal of space is left for the accident.’ What was required to play such instruments was not technique but imagination. The sources for free creativity were to be found within the individual: all that was required was to throw off the shackles of convention. The band embraced primitivism in lyrics and music creating noisy pre industrial music jams. The first incarnation of the ensemble was dissolved when Pavel Zajíček got arrested, alongside other heroes of the Czechoslovak underground, in 1976. That was the moment which gave rise to the initiative known as Charter 77, where members of the civilised avant-garde – political dissidents – decided to offer their support to a group of long-haired ‘cavemen’. Zajíček reformed the band after his release in late '70s.