THE SPOTNICKS LIVES ON - THANKS TO THE FANS
Together we create a collection for future generations
The band we love no longer exists. Within a few months of 2020, The Spotnicks’ two front figures died; first Bo Winberg in January and then Bob Lander in May.
There are still all the memories from a more than 60-year-long music career that involved thousands of concerts and about 20 million records sold worldwide. We are keen to do what we can to ensure that The Spotnicks’ work lives on in the collective memory and not passed on to the past or to boxes in some forgotten attic storage.
We see popular music as an obvious part of the Swedish cultural heritage. Unfortunately, Sweden has a long way to go when it comes to drawing attention to important music creators if you compare with countries such as the USA and the UK. Many of us fans have over the years reacted to the fact that The Spotnicks rarely got the acknowledgment they deserve when the story of ”the Swedish music miracle” has been told. This will not change for the better in the future unless we who have followed the band do what we can for their music and work to live on and benefit new generations.
Therefore, we are pleased that Svenskt Rockarkiv (the Swedish Rock Archive) in Hultsfred has shown interest in supporting an initiative to collect material related to The Spotnicks to its archive, for future use in the form of, for example, research or possible exhibitions. Exactly what this can lead to in the long run is written in the stars, but we know that we must start collecting this material now so there will be something to exhibit in the future at all.
Now we need your help!
Why this initiative?
In a country that (rightly) brags about ”the Swedish pop wonder”, a success story that is in full swing, the question should rather be: ”Why is there not a popular music museum in every Swedish city?”.
The Swedish Rock Archive is the actor that systematically works to map, archive and make available objects related to Swedish pop and rock history.
Therefore, we believe that it is the optimal partner for this purpose.
What kind of items are we looking for?
Everything is of interest: phonograms (records, cassettes, filmed material, etc.), sheet music, magazines/newspapers (whole issues or individual articles), tour programs, posters, photographs, t-shirts, guest books from folk parks or maybe even stage clothes or musical instruments and other equipment used by the band.
Why is this being done right now?
Most of us who have followed the band over the years are no longer young people. There is a risk that private collections will be forgotten or thrown away when one day we cannot take care of them ourselves.
Therefore, it is important that this inventory is done before it is too late.
Who is behind the initiative?
The idea was hatched by Börje Norén, who is also the one who has contacted various possible stakeholders.
I (Sören Alverfeldt) spread the call through The Spotnicks Website which I have been administered for many years.
That we are both big Spotnicks fans may not need to be said?
Among those who have given their support to the project are Lenah Winberg, Hans Sidén (journalist, composer and lyricist), Pirjo Rif and Swenne Wiberg (the fan club), Bo Andersson and Åke Hammarin (Radio Spotnicks etc.), Owe Midner (Riverside Records) and Stephan Möller (A Tribute To The Spotnicks and formerly The Spotnicks a.o.).
What is the Swedish Rock Archive?
The initiative was taken in 1993 when four government institutions in the field of music signed the call ”Time to save the rock!”
It had already been discovered that much of the material depicting the pioneering time of Swedish rock in the 50s and 60s risked disappearing if no one took active responsibility for it.
This risk has not diminished over the years and the Swedish Rock Archive therefore has as its main purpose to locate and collect objects, recordings and documentation that reflect Swedish pop and rock music in order to easily make this available to both researchers and the music-interested public.
The Swedish Rock Archive is now found in Hultsfred, where the collection amounts to about half a million objects, of which the phonograms are searchable via the online database Popfakta: (Link to Pop Facts).
More information about the Swedish Rock Archive can be found here: (Link to the Swedish Rock Archive)
Do you accept items from other artists as well?
Instead, contact the Swedish Rock Archive directly on Phone: +46-70-2488478 or E-mail
Why not a collaboration with a museum in Gothenburg?
We agree that this would be the most logical thing to do, but our contacts with potential partners in the city have not led to any results.
Will this be a Spotnicks show?
Nobody knows at the moment. The only thing we know is that we have to start this procedure now, for there to be something to exhibit in the future.
Can you lend items to the archive?
The Swedish Rock Archive currently only has the opportunity to receive donations.
We realize that many of you have items that you are reluctant to give away, at least for now.
If you have thoughts about other types of arrangements (temporary lending or future donations/wills), contact one of us and we will investigate whether and if so how such can be arranged.
You, who want to help with this, fill in and send in an expression of interest which we pass on to the Swedish Rock Archive.
They select from received proposals and then contact the donors. The agreements are documented with donation agreements.
The details of a transfer are settled between the parties.
Registration of Interest
Email your possible questions to Börje Norén
or to Sören Alverfeldt