KOMMUNIKAZE

Released: March 2001
Publisher: Lindhardt og Ringhof
ISBN number: 87-595-1661-5
Design: Kenneth Schultz
Photo: Casper Sejersen

TRIVIA

Genre: Diary in Danish
Size: 301 pages
Reviews: ”Martin Hall writes stylishly. And funny. And incredibly sharp.” (Berlingske Tidende, the Danish equivalent to The Times)

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Kommunikaze is a diary written by Martin Hall between January 1998 and December 2000, a set of writings that follows the artist through thick and thin for a period of three years. You witness his immense work load and personal crisis during the period, the recordings of several albums and his ongoing literary work. You also gain insight into his collaborations with Danish directors such as Ole Bornedal (director of the Hollywood film The Night Watch) and Flemming Enevold.

Journeys to Berlin, Stockholm and London follow film and video recordings, international exhibitions and bizarre tv and radio appearances. As an example of Hall’s indifference to the passing fame and glory of all things, his career’s (so far) single gold record award for the Boel & Hall released in 2000 ends up in a plastic bag in a supermarket and gets lost.

The most harsh part of the book has to be Martin Hall’s comments on the Danish music industry as well as Copenhagen’s (capitol in Denmark) literary circles. However, his criticism of such establishments is always balanced by a sobering process of self-reflection: Hall doesn’t spare himself in the process.

 

Written about the book:

”Martin Hall writes stylishly. And funny. And incredibly sharp.”
Berlingske Tidende (the Danish equivalent to The Times)

”Exquisitely sarcastic and aristocratically stylish proclamations about all and everything.”
Weekendavisen (the Danish equivalent to The Observer)

“Touching because it reveals the cracks in Hall’s rock hard ego manicure.” Information (the Danish equivalent to The Independent)

“An effective cementation of the myth about Martin Hall.”
Politiken (the Danish equivalent to The Guardian)

“Pearls of refreshing intellectual arrogance.”
Jyllands-Posten (Denmark’s biggest daily newspaper)

”Martin Hall – who at one and the same time appears both highly modern and almost altmodisch – remains delightful company.”
Euroman (the Danish equivalent to to GQ Magazine)