After the Revolution, I found out how many secret police agents were around me
Libor Bálek was born on the 26th May in 1966 in Ostrava. Since his youth, he was interested in music from abroad, mostly in hard core and punk. Recordings of these music styles were not legally available in Czechoslovakia. He and his friends started making bootleg copies and they sold or exchanged them them on the local fair. After he trained as an electrician, he worked in the chemical plant in Hrušov. His gradmother had emigrated and settled in Munich. Because Libor Bálek visited her a few times, he was interrogated by the Secret police. He got a job in the Delta club in Ostrava. It was administered by the Socialist Youth Union but even during the communism, interesting music was presented there. Libor participated in organising these events and he became the programme manager, sound technician and a deputy of the club. He worked as a sound tech during the anti-Communist protests in Ostrava in 1989. After the revolution, he found out that his superior in the Delta Club, as well as several other colleagues and friends were collaborators of the Secret Police. He thinks this is the reason why the Secret Police tolerated that the club played music which was not officially supported by the Communist regime. In 1990, Libor helped to establish the Rock Hill music club in Ostrava; it was one of the first private music clubs in Czechoslovakia. Later on, he organised many succesful concerts and festivals.