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General Info: 19th April 2004
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a K Special: Hagström All in music (Tonight K Special) on Albin Hagström is a
music documentary on Swedish popular music and the country’s biggest
manufacturer of musical instruments ever. The Film is made by Ramon Reissmüller
and Lotti Carnö.
Hagström and Sophia Loren.
When Sophia was in Stockholm in the fifties, she was presented an accordion by
Photo: Hagström’s archive
Hagström built up an international music empire with manufacture of accordions,
guitars and amplifiers.
With headquarters based in Älvdalen in Dalarna, by the 1930’s they already
had a main branch in the Rockerfeller Centre in New York.
Starting out manufacturing (Hagström) accordions, later they expanded into
production of electric guitars, amplifiers and P-A equipment. From a simple
start the enterprise quickly expanded with music stores in all the Nordic
countries, also launching manufacture in England and America.
1939 saw the opening of a New York branch in fashionable Rockefeller Centre.
There were not many other Swedish companies with an office there at the time.
When business was at its peak it was exporting musical instruments all over the
world but mainly to America. Examples of supportive artists included Carl
Jularbo, Elvis, Ove Törnkvist, Jimmy Hendrix, Larry Coryell, Frank Zappa, Abba
and many others, using their instruments and first class musical technology.
Hagström still enjoys a cult status abroad today.
A minor folk movement, the music courses provided growth long before even the
idea of music schools at each municipal high school. It was Hagström that
founded the comprehensive music education we find today.
Viewers will meet the individuals that built and shaped the company and the
products. The penetrations into the popular music world are numerous as are the
meetings with trendsetting artists and references to the music that left a trace
in our life.
In 1983 output ceased and the factory closed down. But today, when Sahara
Hotnights start to become a world name, not least in America, they are playing
again on ancient Hagström guitars.
Director was Ramon Reissmüller.
The Producer is Lotti Carnö.
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