The Best Excuse Ever to Play Some Franz Ferdinand

One hundred years ago today on a tiny, narrow street in Sarajevo, Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip killed the visiting Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie.  The sequence of events that followed over the next couple of months led to the start of The Great War.  You can read historian Margaret MacMillian’s excellent account in today’s Globe and Mail here.

Gavrilo Princip

Meanwhile, here’s some music from the other Franz Ferdinand, the members of which are all still alive and don’t seem to have any assassins tracking them.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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