Brabant musician Bertus Borgers (Vessem, 1947) describes his experiences with the phenomenon of music in his family, from the liberation of his birthplace The Kempen in September 1944 up to his experiences with his grandchildren. As the oldest in a family of nine children, he uses his own experiences to describe the road ‘the music’ has taken over the generations. From the acoustic era, via electric guitars to the contemporary digital distribution of music.
The uprooting of a Catholic family in the sixties, the rise of electricity in the music world, the role of women, the freedom to make your own choices, professional versus amateur, all this has always played a role in the experience but never got in the way of the passion and pleasure. Playing together and the element of escape turned out to be timeless forces. And still are.
The famous Amsterdam photographer Koos Breukel photographed members of the Borgers family on-stage and off-stage and compiled a selection together with photos taken by his colleague Sander Troelstra, and with photos from the Borgers family archive.