The Icelandic music scene has produced a remarkable number of international stars like Sigur Rós, Björk, Kaleo, the Sugar Cubes, and Of Monsters and Men. You can learn more about them and discover new music at the Icelandic Museum of Rock ‘n’ Roll. It’s a paradise for Icelandic music fans, but it will also impress museum-lovers and professionals with its beautiful exhibits and near-endless opportunities to engage with the music and learn more. In this episode, I tour the museum and talk with Managing Director Tómas Young to get the inside scoop on the museum and hear some great stories about Icelandic music history.
The music in this episode is “Honey Babe, Don’t Be Late” by Júníus Meyvant.
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Welcome to Museums in Strange Places. I’m your host, Hannah Hethmon, and this is a podcast for people who love museums, stories, culture, and exploring the world.
This year, I’m living in Iceland, and in each episode, I visit a different Icelandic museum to discover what stories they hold and how they reflect and shape Iceland’s unique cultural identity.
The podcast is hosted by me, Hannah Hethmon, an American Fulbright Fellow living in Reykjavík. You can find and follow me on Twitter and Instagram @hannah_rfh.
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Icelandic Music from the Bands Featured in the Museum
Scroll down for pictures of the museum!
This song below is from the band that had Gunnar Jökull, whose drum kit we discussed in the episode.
I share this video below from Of Monsters and Men because I’m sure you’ve already heard their songs, and I wanted a chance to brag that I was in the front row for this concert in Iceland in 2013!
Photos of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum of Iceland
Some of My Favorite Icelandic Bands for Your Listening Enjoyment
Icelandic harbor sounds by clt008.