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Cornelis Vreeswijk


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IJmuiden, Netherlands (1964 – 1987)

Cornelis Vreeswijk (August 8, 1937 – November 12, 1987) was a singer-songwriter, poet and actor who was born in IJmuiden in the Netherlands but moved to Sweden with his parents in 1949, at the age of twelve. He trained as a social worker and hoped to become a journalist but became instead a musician whose idiosyncratic humor and social engagement are still gaining him new fans.

Cornelis Vreeswijk explained in one of his few interviews that he had taught himself to sing and play in the fifties by imitating his first idols Josh White and Leadbelly. His first album, Ballader och oförskämdheter (Ballads and Insults, 1964, was a hit which immediately gained him a large following among the emerging radical student generation. In this period he also played with Swedish jazz pianist Jan Johansson and his trio. His songs “Ångbåtsblues” (Steam Boat Blues) and “Jubelvisa for Fiffiga Nannete” (Cheering song for Ingenious Nannette) are classics from these recordings. His abrasive, frequently political lyrics and unconventional delivery were a deliberate break with what he was later to describe as a Swedish song tradition of pretty singing and harmless lyrics, “a hobby for the upper classes”. Influenced by jazz and blues and especially by the singing style and social criticism of Georges Brassens, Vreeswijk “speak-sings” his “insults”, and compels his listeners to pay close attention to the words.


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  • SawatDeeDrama

    Balladen om herr Fredrik åkare och den söta fröken Cecilia Lind. ♥

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
  • stoffeman97

    Bäste man någonsin!

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • D_vonk

    Misschien wordt het dit jaar beter.

    1 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Menno75

    Hey you Swedes, I'm from Cornelis Vreeswijk's native country and although I don't speak a word of Swedish, I really like his Swedish work. Are there any similar Swedish folk troubadours you can recommend, so I can check them out on Spotify...? Thx.

    9 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Immat

    Ja. Bellman, Taube och Cornelis kunde svenska. Och så mycket mer.

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • theduckfish

    Såg nyss filmen om Cornelis, fan vad han behärskade språket

    24 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Nomadfyllan

    Ja, vad säger man. Bäst, helt enkelt.

    14 May 2012 Reply
  • Goblim

    Borde finnas fler musiker som gamle Cornelius

    6 Sep 2011 Reply
  • MrKlockrent

    Sköna gubbe

    25 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Cittadelledonne

    Getinghonung provencale handlar om att sticka till St Tropez och slänga surströmmingar på närmsta lyxbåt

    6 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Corpes

    Vad handlar Getinghonung provencale om..?

    28 Jun 2011 Reply
  • DutchFortune

    Cornelis, en jättebra trubador i både Sverige och Holland!

    14 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Sajki

    They don't make such amazing songwriters these days...

    30 Apr 2011 Reply
  • EbbaOzolins

    Mäster Cees på 200kr -sedeln hade inte varit mer än rätt [5]

    10 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Immat

    Mäster Cees på 200kr -sedeln hade inte varit mer än rätt [4]

    2 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Waterdhavian

    De nooooooooozem en de non!

    24 Feb 2011 Reply
  • felstavarn

    Hur kan inte sjuttonde balladen vara med på top 15 -.-

    16 Feb 2011 Reply
  • CralMcCroo

    Mäster Cees på 200kr -sedeln hade inte varit mer än rätt [2]

    19 Jan 2011 Reply
  • KillerCLbee

    Mäster Cees på 200kr Sedeln hade inte varit mer än rätt

    6 Jan 2011 Reply
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