Who is Björk and what does she do?
An international music icon, Björk has been making music since the ’70. She ascended to global stardom in the ’80s as the frontwoman of alternative rock band The Sugarcubes, before embarking on a successful solo career in the early ’90s. Right from the start, she’s been consistently blowing our minds with her extraordinary voice (She was ranked 60th in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singer of All Time) and creative approach to music.
Take a look at Björk singing with the Sugar Cubes on Iceland Review’s 1988 cover.
Why do so many people love Björk?
The most obvious answer is the music, the talent, the creativity. Aside from that, we venture that it also has something to do with the fact that Björk’s been swimming against the stream all her career. From her appearance in the Icelandic alternative-music documentary Rokk í Reykjavík; to her infamous Oscars swan dress; and – during the later phase of her career – her outspokenness as a mask-clad environmental activist. It would seem her sincere otherness has charmed audiences the world over. Finally, Björk also seems to epitomize the romantic ideal of Icelanders as quirky, otherworldly creatures, and people love her for it.
How can I meet her?
Iceland is a small place, population-wise especially. As a Reykjavík resident (last we knew), Björk has sometimes been spotted at the local coffeehouses, restaurants, bars, etc. The same code of general decency applies to Björk as all other human beings: the person’s right to privacy should be respected.
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