The Polar Prize (aka Nobel Prize in music) was announced this evening.
American winners - again - Chuck Berry and the theater director Peter Sellars. Very pleased about Chuck Berry, I have been a great fan of him since I was a kid. Before he was famous, he toured Sweden in the fifties, playing band stands in municipal parks. I was on that circuit myself as a youngster and I can assure you that it is a very tough life. But Chuck Berry was a no nonsense guy, he hired a Volkswagen and drove around the country never complaining about the conditions. Peter Sellars' work I do not know much about, but no doubt he is a worthy recipient.
The prize sum is not to be sneezed at either, one million SEK (Swedish crowns) per recipient. There will be a gala in August and H.M. the King will present the awards. Chuck Berry has already answered that he will attend - not bad, the guy is 86!