Aland Issued Stamps on Pop Music

\"alandDuring some groovy years in the 1960s, Åland pop music prospered and dense crowds met for dances in the community centres. The Anacondas, Stockdoves and Hitch Hikers are now featured on three stamps.The 1960s was the decade when pop music took Åland by storm. The range of music in the early 1960s had more or less consisted of music performed on accordion, upright bass and guitar for the traditional dances hambo, schottische and foxtrot. But the winds changed and, inspired by bands such as The Shadows, The Spotnicks and The Violents, the Åland barbed-wire band The Anacondas was formed in 1962.They toured in Turku and Helsinki, making detours to Ostro-bothnia. One time, they performed on the same television program as Sonny & Cher. Håkan Rikberg remembers the Hitch Hikers’ tour bus, a rickety minibus, which the police did not like, and which is now featured on the cover of the stamp booklet.

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