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It was my birth today and I am 58 now. I cannot however forget another June 27, 41 years ago. In 1970 in Bucharest, Romania, Blood, Sweat & Tears were on a ‘good will’ tour during the short period of relative freedom during the Communist rule. The concert took place in a skating ring arena which was not used during the summer, and we hear many of the hits of the band that were familiar to us from Cornel Chiriac‘s Metronon broadcasts at Radio Free Europe – Spinning Wheel, And When I Die, Sometimes in Winter. At the end of the concert after a few encores the band left, but we, part of the young folks in the audience stayed shouting ‘we want more’ and then ‘USA’. The police entered with police dogs and dragged us out. That was my first taste of police brutality and repression under Communist dictatorship, a great lesson on my 17th birthday, a lesson that I never forgot.

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