‘How I didn’t turn out a dancer’ is the story of the Danish Punk & Hardcore scene during the years 1978-1988, as seen through the eyes of Kent. A story about almost boundless creativity, rebelling, violence, addiction and growing up the hard way. In 1980 Kent Nielsen, then in high school, was looking for a cure for small town traumas. Seeking refuge in the nearby Danish city of Odense, Kent soon found himself a new home in the growing local punk rock community, singing and performing with various punk and no wave bands. In 1985 he joined the Danish hardcore band L.U.L.L., who released two critically acclaimed albums during the late 80s, which helped define the sound of European Hardcore. Kent experienced 10 years that shaped him forever, the way it shaped all the kids who were part of this Punk and squatters scene. It’s amazing how many bands, fanzines, shows and happenings were coming out of this small, and apparently oh so cozy, country.

About the author:
Kent Nielsen is now living in Lübeck (North Germany). He’s got a history as an author, percussionist, shoe shop clerk, murder witness, record label guy, mail order honcho, night porter and ukulele player a. o. Today he spends his time touring through the European club scene with his ukulele as a solo artist.

Published by Ventil Publishing House in co-operation with Ox-Fanzine.

Kent Nielsen
„Wie aus mir kein Tänzer wurde“

Approx. 192 pages 
14 x 19,5 cm
Paperback,with numerous photos.
Ca. € 16,– (Germany)
ISBN 978-3-95575-103-6
Please note, the book is written in german!

„In December 1982 a loose alliance of left wing grassroots groups, activists and punks made a first attempt at squatting in Odense. The „Industriepalast“ (Palace of Industry), a beautiful old building in the city center was to be demolished. Our demand was a cultural center for everyone. The whole thing was handled relatively open, meaning that while we were  collecting bricks and stones to defend ourselves in the event of an attack, we didn’t barricade the doors. As a result many normal citizens came by to have a look at things. I remember chatting to an elderly couple, who told me how they used to go dancing at the palace when they were young. Every night we had bands playing, PROPAGANDA amongst others, their vocalist Søren Land shot the mayor of Odense a few days later when he came by to pay a visit – symbolically, of course, with a water pistol”.

A life in the Danish Punk & Hardcore scene

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