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Rock’n’roll dream Latvian style

Your name is Uldis Dirnens and you live in Latvia, but at times it seems your life has already been experienced by thousands all over the world. At first the beginning you are made to play the piano although you’d rather set it on fire. Then you stuff it with paper and barter the out-of-tune piano for a moped. Your first guitar is a wreck scavenged from underneath a tank and is fastened with a clothes hanger and filled with stones. But suddenly it seems to you that something might have a purpose in this life. You might be living like so many others, but there are songs only you can write. When the parents complain that you are making too much of a noise you move with your guitar to the bathroom. You like Green Day. And you like the haircuts of Oasis. And the attitude. You change your school and start to learn how to sing only to understand that no one teaches the most important subjects. So you dump the school and learn how to live. And you form a band. For no one else is going to write your songs. And then you find yourself once again without a job, money, girlfriend or shelter – nothing to lose… And without much thought you apply for a phenomenally popular reality show on TV. When they ask for a nickname, for everyone has one, you say you’ll be Detlef, like that guy from the teenage-heroin-junkie bestselling novel We, Children from Bahnhof Zoo set in Berlin in the 70’s.

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