Leif Nylen the drums in prog group Blue Train.
Leif Nylen wrote some of the Swedish låtlitteraturens intelligent rhymes.
the opening lines of “on the one hand knows what the other is doing” is such an unprecedented concise description of the late 1900s Swedish social model:
“capital raising rents, and the state housing benefits / How you can wangle a bit with the iron law of wages.”
In the recently published anthology “Swedish poetry” is one of his predecessors, revue elegant Karl Gerhard represented. More than Leif Nylen text had also been unable to defend his place between the covers.
The Nine Society gave him in 2013 the prestigious winter price. He shared it with two other core members of the poetic and satirical music cooperative Blue Train: Tore Berger and Torkel Rasmusson.
Berger and Nylén were childhood friends from Saltsjöbaden. As Rasmusson were both born from the bourgeoisie. Rasmus’s father was a historian and coin expert, Tore Berger’s father was a naval officer and Nylén grew up in a professor’s.
Like so many other talented guarantee children throughout history sought Leif Nylen and his fellow freedom and rebellion, in art. Nylen interested early avant-garde art and poetry, studied the arts in Uppsala, was involved in starting the experimental magazine Rondo and edited a period art magazine palette.
Along with two other young avant-gardists from Uppsala, Torsten Ekbom and PO Enquist, he gave the pseudonym Peter Husberg 1964 the collage novel “the brothers Casey”. PO Enquist, has in his memoirs described how the three young authors were invited down to the AF in Lund for switching read from the novel and which were received as pop stars.
A few years later Nylén as a kind of pop star for real . Avant Guards electrified by pop culture and decided that in the early punk spirit to the electric guitar and drum sticks into their own hands. For safety, they also recruited some musicians to the band debuted as Gunder Hägg, then changed its name to Blue Train and eventually regrouped to North Stockholm.
Sometimes the user group sorted into compartment “prog”. It is a concept that in this case confuses more than it explains. Blue Train chugged admittedly out of 68 tracks. But they wrote no flaming battle songs. Tore Berger appeared in a classical romantic Swedish song tradition. Torkel Rasmusson was profiled as a kind Epic-didactic absurdist. And his future colleague at Dagens Nyheter’s culture editorial, Leif Nylen, excelled as sophisticated rhyming contemporary critics.
Marxism helped give stanzas structure. But when I received the news that Leif Nylen passed away, 77 years old, it is still not primarily “On the one hand knows what the other is doing” I’m looking for on Youtube but another, somewhat less known Nylén song:
“art, wife Ramona, I promise / art is my real motives.”
Irony? Self Irony? Understood. But not only. Leif Nylen served art, and art gave him his typical blessing.