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The day GAISF came of age

The day GAISF came of age

On May 31, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were entering the final stages of their week-long bed-in for peace at a Montreal hotel. The Vietnam war was raging on. The Apollo 10 astronauts had recently splashed down in the Pacific having successfully completed the mission that would pave the way for the “one small step for man” moon landing on July 20.














Philip Barker: Before Eurovision came the great contest for an Olympic Anthem

Philip Barker: Before Eurovision came the great contest for an Olympic Anthem

A fortnight before the first European Games in Baku, a popular event which has become an institution in Europe will be held for the 60th time.

Back in 1955 at a meeting in Monaco, representatives of national television stations on the continent decided to start launch a Eurovision Song Contest. That year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) held a contest of its own to find the definitive Olympic music and a man from Monaco, Prince Pierre, was its most enthusiastic supporter.

Despite the best efforts of some distinguished music makers, finding a universal Olympic hymn in the preceding quarter century had proved impossible.