We could do whatever we wanted as soon as we set ourselves free from any ambitions
Jan Macháček was born on 2th June, 1965 in Prague. His mother came from a serious Prague family, his father from Moravia. Jan was raised in a typical normalisation atmosphere, the parents remained in the privacy of the family. Jan Macháček was mainly influenced by several things; reading old Literary papers from 1960s, a membership in the youth club Slavoj Praha and meeting the children of disidents at the gymnasium in Radotín. Following graduation he did not want to go to military service so he signed up to the High School of Economics in Prague and during the second grade decided to leave. He came back once again, but at the moment he got the „blue book” he could leave the school for good. In 1983 he started playing with the music band The Plastic People of the Universe, in 1985 with the band Garáž. At that time he made money as a heater or a house-keeper. That allowed him enough time for reading and music. He was meeting the dissidents, participated in publishing and distributing samizdat. In 1988 he signed the Chart 77.