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Ivan Král

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Over time, guitarist/songwriter Ivan Král has played alongside a few of rock’s most influential artists, including Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, and John Cale, amongst others. Blessed in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Král originally designed to be considered a filmmaker, before finding rock & move because of the Rolling Rocks. The middle- to past due ’60s noticed Král type a Czech music group, Saze, but prior to the group could remove, Král was exiled from Czechoslovakia, because of comments his dad made regarding the 1968 Russian Invasion of Czechoslovakia. Works out this couldn’t possess happened in a worse period for Král, because just like he started settling straight down in his fresh hometown, NEW YORK, word came for the reason that a music Král acquired previously created and documented with Saze acquired just gone TOP back. Král pressed on nevertheless, looking for rings to try out with, and also landing employment for some time on the Beatles’ enthusiast club. The first ’70s noticed Král try an obscure group, Luger, who are most widely known for being area of the same glam picture that spawned famous brands the brand new York Dolls and Kiss. When Luger didn’t remove, Král became a member of an early edition of Blondie (after that called “Angel as well as the Snake”), prior to the Czech guitarist found a poetry reading by way of a then unidentified Patti Smith. Smith simply been buying second guitarist to finish her support group at that time, and following a try-out (which supposedly contains a 30-minute edition of “Gloria,” to find if he can keep up), Král was welcomed in as an associate. Král would also lead bass, keyboards, and support vocals within the group, and even though he made an appearance on Smith’s traditional debut record, 1975’s Horses, it wasn’t until her sophomore work, 1976’s Radio Ethiopia, that Král started adding significant songwriting towards the group. Further produces with Smith implemented, 1978’s Easter and 1979’s Influx, and a one-off live documenting with John Cale, Also Cowgirls Have the Blues. Even though many assumed an extended and successful profession lay forward for Smith and her music group, the vocalist abruptly made a decision to retire from music to be able to raise a family group with previous MC5 guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith. Instantly without a music group, Král phoned up a vintage acquaintance, Iggy Pop, and became a member of his solo music group just because the ’70s wound down. Like his prior knowledge with Smith, Král’s preliminary documenting with Pop, 1980’s Soldier, didn’t fully make use of his songwriting abilities, a problem that could soon end up being corrected on 1981’s Party. The Král-Pop union would end up being short-lived however, because the guitarist became a member of John Waite for his single debut, 1982’s Ignition, before shifting once again. Král would afterwards turn up within the pop group Eastern Bloc (issuing a lone record in 1987, Eastern Bloc), before relocating to Seattle through the early ’90s, and developing another group, Local. An excellent Král documentary was filmed for this period for Czech Television, Dance Barefoot (released later on Dvd movie as Blank Era/Dancin’ Barefoot), while Král’s first-ever single record, Nostalgia, was released in 1996. Smith made a decision to emerge from retirement during this time period, but disappointingly, Král had not been involved with Smith’s following recordings or travels. The first 21st century noticed Král generate and enjoy on the debut documenting by Triny Vocal Trio, Gypsy Channels, in addition to Noel Redding’s Live from Bunk R — Prague.

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Full Name Ivan Kral
Profession Film director, Film producer, Music Producer, Pianist, Screenwriter, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Bassist, Film Score Composer
Nationality American, Czech
Parents Karel Král
Music Groups Patti Smith Group
Music Songs Winner Takes All, Rains Again, Mam tvuj stin, Pumpin' For Jill, Tell Me The Reason, If You Go Away, Falling For You, Nothing Last Forever, Love You To Death, Rekni mi proc, Perfect moon, No Matter What You Do, Trust Your Heart, Seems Like Days, Poprve letis, Only a Child, Put'em Up!, Lay Lady Lay, Never Want To Be Without You, Another Broken Heart, I'm Lazy, Hard To Please, Teach Your Children, Make Up Your Mind, If You Break Away, On the Way Home, Oh Lord, Baterka, Speak To Me, Mystery Girl, PS: I Feel For You "Dancing Barefoot", Second Morning
Albums Nostalgia, Photoalbum, Erotická revue, Always, Cabriolet, Prohlédnutí / Clear Eyes, Dancing Barefoot, Radio Ethiopia, Easter, Wave, Native: His Native Complete, Best Of Ivan Kral, Story
Nominations Czech Lion Award for Best Music
Movies The Blank Generation, Cosy Dens, Diner, Subway Riders, Deliberately Raw: Iggy & The Stooges Live


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1 Ivan Kral was exiled in the USA after his father's denouncement of the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia during the "Prague Spring" of 1968. His new life in America revolved around English lessons, American college and the New York rock scene.
2 As a fixture in the '70s New York rock scene, Ivan played with many notables, including Debbie Harry/Blondie, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, glam band Luger, David Peel and the Lower East Side, John Cale, Chris Spedding, Band of Outsiders and various underground artists. Some of Ivan's work with the Andy Warhol scene are captured in the films "The Foreigner", "Subway Riders", "Night Lunch", "Unmade Beds", and "Blank Generation".
3 Ivan co-wrote with Patti Smith for her debut album, Horses*, and remained with her for 4 albums, and over 15 tours. In 1980, he collaborated with Iggy Pop for 2 albums, and 10 tours which included Glen Matlock of Sex Pistols, and Brian James of the Damned. In 1982 Ivan shed his punk label, and wrote songs with Babys singer, John Waite, including the hit, "Every Step of the Way". Other works from this era included music for the Barry Levinson film, "Diner", recordings by U2, David Bowie, and a song "Ce soir et le Soir" for France's Telephone.
4 With the lure of many creative projects, Ivan returned to his native Prague to help launch the new post-communist music scene. He writes, produces, performs and tours for the Czech Republic's top Acts who now have freedom to express themselves. Ivan continues his role as Film Composer, Producer and Artist. Although he released 5 solo albums on Universal, and 3 solo albums on BMG, he mainly focuses on his role as Songwriter for other artists. Ivan's Grammy awards for Best Producer, Best Writer, Best Album Art and Best Video are mainly in the pop or rock category. However, there exists a large pool of his work in other genres, including reggae, worldbeat, ambient, folk, cabaret, jingles and film scores.
5 As of 2009, Ivan alternates between his homes in Europe and America, mostly composing at his home studio near Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Don't Blink - Robert Frank 2015 Documentary writer: "ASK THE ANGELS"
State of Affairs 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Show Jana Krause 2014 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Vampire Diaries 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Endless Bummer 2009 writer: "Bang Bang"
Chuck 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
GAL 2006 writer: "Bang Bang"
Crossing Jordan 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
New Waterford Girl 1999 writer: "Ask the Angels"
Whatever 1998 writer: "Dancing Barefoot"
All Over Me 1997 writer: "Pissing in the River" - as I. Kral
Barb Wire 1996 writer: "Dancing Barefoot"
The Basketball Diaries 1995 writer: "Dancing Barefoot"
Threesome 1994 writer: "DANCING BAREFOOT"
Rock & Rule 1983 "Pain & Suffering" / writer: "Pain & Suffering"
A Night at Halsted's 1982 writer: "Pumping My Heart" - uncredited
Times Square 1980 writer: "Pissing in the River"
Ohne Maulkorb 1978 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Empire II 2007
Cabriolet 2001
Pelísky 1999
Modré z nebe 1997
Dancing Barefoot 1995 TV Movie documentary
Diner 1982
Subway Riders 1981
The Foreigner 1978
Unmade Beds 1976

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Iggy and the Stooges Live at Academy of Music New York City 2011 Short
The Blank Generation 1976 Documentary
Night Lunch 1975 Documentary

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Iggy and the Stooges Live at Academy of Music New York City 2011 Short producer
The Blank Generation 1976 Documentary producer

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Iggy and the Stooges Live at Academy of Music New York City 2011 Short

Editorial Department

Editorial Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Blank Generation 1976 Documentary supervising editor

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s 2002 TV Movie documentary acknowledgment: still photographs courtesy of

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
VIP zprávy 2014 TV Series Himself
Show Jana Krause 2011-2012 TV Series Himself
Letem svetem s Kuretem 2011 TV Movie Himself
Pátrání po Ester 2005 Documentary Himself
Cabriolet 2001 Himself
Mnága - Happy End 1996 Himself
Dancing Barefoot 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Rockpalast 1979 TV Series Himself (Guitar, Vocal)
Patti Smith Group Stockholm 1976 1977 Documentary Himself
The Blank Generation 1976 Documentary Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002 Czech Lion Czech Lions Best Music (Nejlepsí hudba) Cabriolet (2001)


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