Remember this initiative four years ago to name a street in Belgrade after Milan Mladenovic, one of the greatest rock artists from former Yugoslavia? The initiative was a success in Belgrade eventually, and now, Zagreb in Croatia, Mladenovic’s birthplace will get a street named after him too.
As much as the Belgrade initiative maybe seemed a bit too little too late and meaningless at the time, I think the whole thing of street-naming thing could slowly get another, more significant dimension. The anti-war message that Mladenovic tried to carry throughout his career and especially at the end of his life was not well received at the time. But – maybe now it will be heard, even through symbolic gestures such as this one. Better late than never.
Here’s the video of Mladenovic’s band EKV performance at the peace concert in Sarajevo only days before the war broke out.