It was on this date, November 21, 1965, that Icelandic vocalist Björk Gudmundsdottir, know around the globe as Björk, was born in Reykjavik. Her musical influences included jazz, rock, and classical music, plus the songs, sagas and poetry of Iceland. She was sent to music school at the age of 5, and by age 11 Björk had released her first album. She got involved in punk music, then helped launch the groundbreaking Icelandic pop band the Sugarcubes in the 1980s.
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Originally published October 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.