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Alexander Bengt Magnus Bard (born 17 March 1961) is a Swedish songwriter, record producer, TV personality and religious and political activist.

Contents

1 Background and education 2 Literature and lecturing 3 Bibliography 4 Musical career 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Background and education[edit] Bard was born in Medevi, Motala Municipality, Sweden
Sweden
on 17 March 1961. After he completed his upper secondary education, Bard studied in the United States and in Amsterdam, Netherlands. While living in Amsterdam, he earned part of his living as a sex worker.[1] Bard returned to Sweden
Sweden
to study at the Stockholm School of Economics
Stockholm School of Economics
from 1984 to 1989. In addition to his studies in economics, he took a strong interest in philosophy and social theory with the explicit aim of becoming a philosophy writer and lecturer. Bard has been a judge on Swedish Idol, a spin-off of Pop Idol, since 2011.[2] Literature and lecturing[edit] Bard has written three books on the Internet
Internet
revolution, collectively known as The Futurica Trilogy, together with media theorist Jan Söderqvist.[3] Their first collaboration The Netocrats was originally released in Swedish in 2000, became available in English in 2003, and has since been translated to a further 16 languages with total worldwide sales exceeding 340,000 copies. The second book The Global Empire was originally released in Swedish in 2003, while the third installment of the trilogy The Body Machines was originally published in Swedish in 2009. These latter two works were released in English in 2012, completing The Futurica Trilogy, in which the authors present their philosophical vision for a global and increasingly virtual society, as a consequence of the Internet revolution. A fourth book from Bard & Söderqvist, Syntheism - Creating God in The Internet
Internet
Age, was released in October 2014. The book focuses on participatory culture as the spirituality of the digital age and advocates a relationalism inspired by philosopher Alfred North Whitehead
Alfred North Whitehead
and physicist Niels Bohr
Niels Bohr
as the antidote to the individualism of the collapsing capitalist age. Bard has given public lectures since 1997, including three TEDx presentations (as of 2013), with a major focus on the social implications of the Internet
Internet
revolution and has become one of the leading speakers on the international management theory lecturing circuit.[4] Bibliography[edit]

Syntheism – Creating God in the Internet
Internet
Age, Alexander Bard
Alexander Bard
and Jan Söderqvist (2014) The Futurica Trilogy, Alexander Bard
Alexander Bard
and Jan Söderqvist
Jan Söderqvist
(2012) The Body Machines, Alexander Bard
Alexander Bard
and Jan Söderqvist
Jan Söderqvist
(2009) The Global Empire, Alexander Bard
Alexander Bard
and Jan Söderqvist
Jan Söderqvist
(2002) The Netocrats, Alexander Bard
Alexander Bard
and Jan Söderqvist
Jan Söderqvist
(2000)

Musical career[edit]

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Bard began his musical career in 1982 with the single Life in a Goldfish Bowl released under the name Baard, a synth-punk fusion project he had formed together with two female striptease dancers. He later had some minor success as Barbie, which saw Bard performing ironic bubblegum pop songs crossdressed. After abandoning work on a second Barbie album, Bard formed Army of Lovers with two of Barbie's entourage, Jean-Pierre Barda
Jean-Pierre Barda
and La Camilla. Army of Lovers
Army of Lovers
had over 20 pan-European hits, the biggest being Crucified, Obsession, and Sexual Revolution, while their presence in the US and the UK was limited to repeated club chart successes. They released five studio albums, made over 20 music videos, and became phenomenally successful across Eastern Europe, before Bard disbanded the group in 1996. Army of Lovers
Army of Lovers
have later earned a widespread iconic status in the gay culture, often referred to as a perfect example of the postmodern take on the ideals of camp. Alexander Bard
Alexander Bard
also worked on the production & composition of Swedish girlgroup Midi, Maxi & Efti. Following the demise of Army of Lovers, Bard founded Vacuum, a symphonic synthpop project featuring Bard, Marina Schiptjenko (formerly of synthpop group Page), and newcomer Mattias Lindblom. Their debut single I Breathe was one of the fastest selling singles in Sweden
Sweden
in 1997 and also topped the singles chart in Italy. Further releases did not do as well, except in Russia and Ukraine, and Bard left after only two albums. He reformed Army of Lovers
Army of Lovers
briefly in 2000 for a handful of new tracks and a greatest hits collection, and later co-wrote and co-produced the first two Alcazar albums. In 2005, Bard launched a new music project called BWO (short for Bodies Without Organs), together with Marina Schiptjenko
Marina Schiptjenko
and new vocalist Martin Rolinski. Their debut album Prototype generated seven top 20 hit singles in Scandinavia and across Eastern Europe and reached platinum status. A second album Halcyon Days, was released in April 2006, which shipped gold and generated four additional hit singles. 2007 saw the release of a third album, Fabricator, followed by a 2008 compilation album and the 2009 release of a fourth studio album, Big Science. In April 2010, Bard announced that he was working with co-producer Henrik Wikström on a new project called Gravitonas, signed to Universal Music
Universal Music
worldwide. The project, described as electro-rock, and fronted by Bard himself and vocalist Andreas Öhrn, released a first digital EP in May 2010 and had its first charts hits in Sweden
Sweden
and Russia in the autumn of 2010. Since they refuse to release physical records tied to traditional promotional media campaigns and instead strictly release their music through streaming and downloads and in EP rather than album format, Gravitonas
Gravitonas
have been dubbed "The World's First Spotify
Spotify
Band" by bloggers and the music press. Bard's public friendship with Spotify
Spotify
founder Daniel Ek
Daniel Ek
has played into this narrative. In addition to several No. 1 hit records across the European continent, Gravitonas
Gravitonas
have also achieved a considerable following as dance act in the U.S., with three hit records to date in the Billboard Top 50 Club Play Chart. Besides the groups mentioned above, Alexander Bard
Alexander Bard
has also worked as a songwriter and producer for several Swedish artists, in the 1980s mainly with Ola Håkansson and Tim Norell, in the early 1990s with Anders Wollbeck and Per Adebratt—especially on the early 1990s Columbia Records—signed African cult act Midi Maxi & Efti—and more recently mainly with Anders Hansson and Henrik Wikström. Bard was a co-founder of Stockholm Records and runs several internet and music-related businesses. In August 2011, Bard joined the jury of the Swedish version of the Idol TV show, sharing the stage with Celine Dion's record producer Anders Bagge, quickly being referred to as The Scandinavian Simon Cowell due to his famously and characteristically harsh and straightforward commenting of the contestants. Army of Lovers
Army of Lovers
reunited in 2013, releasing a new compilation album titled Big Battle of Egos
Big Battle of Egos
featuring four brand new tracks including lead single and video Signed on My Tattoo, a duet with Gravitonas. The band cited political reasons, including their outspoken opposition to increased homophobia and antisemitism in Europe, for the reunification, after which they headlined both the Pride festivities of 2013 in Copenhagen
Copenhagen
and Belgrade
Belgrade
and several major TV shows in Sweden, Poland, Russia and Ukraine. He is one of the jury in Talang 2017 which is broadcast on TV4. See also[edit]

Netocracy

References[edit]

^ Strage, Fredrik (3 March 2006). "Åsiktsmaskinen Alexander Bard" (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. Archived from the original on 26 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-22.  ^ YouTube ^ "The Futurica Trilogy". Stockholm Text. 28 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-06.  ^ "Speakersnet – exclusive speakers – Speakersnet". Speakersnet.se. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 

External links[edit]

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v t e

Army of Lovers

Alexander Bard Jean-Pierre Barda Dominika Peczynski Camilla Henemark Michaela Dornonville de la Cour

Studio albums

Disco Extravaganza Massive Luxury Overdose The Gods of Earth and Heaven Glory, Glamour and Gold

Compilation albums

Les Greatest Hits Le Grand Docu-Soap Master Series 88–96 14 Klassiker Big Battle of Egos

Singles

"My Army of Lovers" "Ride the Bullet" "Crucified" "Israelism" "Give My Life" "King Midas"

Video / DVD

Videovaganza 1990-1993 Hurrah Hurrah Apocalypse – The Definitive Video Collection

Related bands

Bodies Without Organs Vacuum Alcazar Nouveau Riche Gravitonas Happy Hoes

v t e

BWO (Bodies Without Organs)

Martin Rolinski Alexander Bard Marina Schiptjenko

Studio albums

Prototype Halcyon Days Fabricator Big Science

Remix albums

Halcyon Nights

Compilation albums

Pandemonium – The Singles Collection Sunshine in the Rain – The Album

Singles

Living in a Fantasy Conquering America Sixteen Tons of Hardware Gone Open Door Sunshine in the Rain Voodoo Magic Temple of Love We Could Be Heroes Will My Arms Be Strong Enough Chariots of Fire Save My Pride Let It Rain Rhythm Drives Me Crazy The Destiny of Love Give Me the Night Lay Your Love on Me Barcelona The Bells of Freedom Gomenasai You're Not Alone Right Here Right Now Rise to the Occasion Kings of Tomorrow

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Army of Lovers Vacuum Alcazar Page Gravitonas

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