Back in the Days: Guru and Gang Starr in Copenhagen

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For those of you who read Danish, my piece on Guru is now up in translated form over at Rapspot.

Also, I wanted to plug my man Frederik Høyer-Christenen’s photos — we both attended some of Gang Starr’s great shows in Copenhagen in the early 90s. Unfortunately, Frederik didn’t bring his camera to their first and greatest concert, at Rockmaskinen in Christiania in 1992, where they were backed up by Li’l Dap and and a fired-up Jeru the Damaja, but he was there for their show at Pumpehuset in 1994, once again featuring Jeru, as well as Big Shug.

Plus, there was the first Jazzmatazz tour in 1993, featuring Shug, Donald Byrd, Roy Ayers, DC Lee and DJ Jazzy Nice. Frederik caught them at Ridebanen, Christiansborg, during Copenhagen Jazz Festival and got the above shot of the legendary Donald Byrd and Guru, while I was away but had attended their stop at that year’s Roskilde festival the week before.

Sorry, these memories of course are of no use to anyone here, but those were good times and the pictures are nice! — rest in piece Guru.

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