A quirky chanteuse and songwriter who segued successfully from punk rock bands to a post-modern electronica solo career, dark-haired pixiesh Bjork emerged as Iceland's best known export beginning with...
Bought Ellideay, an island off the coast of Iceland seeking greater privacy in the wake of incidents with a stalker
Joined the experimental music outfit Kukl
Was involved in a highly publicized scuffle with press in a Bangkok airport; had brush with dangerous stalker when fan sent a mailbomb including his videotaped suicide scored with her music
Began working with musician Graham Massey of seminal proto-techno music outfit 808 State
Made a cameo in Robert Altman's "Ready to Wear (Pret-a Porter)"
Joined fusion-jazz band Exodus; appeared on Icelandic television
Formed the band Pukl with then-husband Por Eldon Jonsson; band released first single "Birthday"; changed name to The Sugarcubes
Appeared with Kukl on Icelandic television while seven months pregnant; her bare belly was reported to have resulted in a home viewer seeking damages for a shock-induced heart attack
Embarked on concert tour playing the great opera houses of the world
Sugarcubes released swan song "Stick Around for Joy"; scored modern rock hit "Hit" and played last gig at NYC's Limelight
Kukl embarked on a European tour
Appeared in Matthew Barney's "Drawing Restraint 9"
Sugarcubes signed with Elektra in the U.S.
Released solo album "Debut", marking a shift from traditional guitar-bass-drum configuration of Sugarcubes to more technological approach to pop music
Released first album titled Bjork at age 11
Played a troubled teen in the Icelandic TV-movie "Glerbrot"
Tappi Tikarrass released Miranda, their second and final album
Contributed music and also starred in Lars von Trier's period musical "Dancer in the Dark"; awarded the Cannes Film Festival's Best Actress prize; also received Oscar nomination for composing the song "I've Seen It All"
Formed the short-lived all-girl punk band Spit and Snot; was drummer
Featured as part of Tappi Tikarrass in the film "Rock in Reykjavik," a documentary on Icelandic new wave music
Made acting debut in "The Juniper Tree", an Icelandic modern fairy tale; screened at 1991 Sundance Film Festival
Formed the band Tappi Tikarrass; release their first recording, a six-track EP
A quirky chanteuse and songwriter who segued successfully from punk rock bands to a post-modern electronica solo career, dark-haired pixiesh Bjork emerged as Iceland's best known export beginning with the sweeping underground success of her band Sugarcubes in 1988. By 2000 the at once childlike and seductive performer had not only conquered the music industry with her inimitable vocal style and disjointed songwriting but had moved into acting, winning the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival for her work in Lars von Trier's period musical "Dancer in the Dark".
born in 1966 in England; at one time planned to marry
born in 1964 in England
collaborated with Bjork on her debut album in 1977; divorced from Bjork's mother c. 1980; lent his guitar talents to Bjork's recordings
became involved in 2001
divorced Bjork's mother c. 1967; remarried
divorced Bjork's father c. 1967; remarried; divorced from second husband Saevarn Arnasson c. 1980
directed Sugarcubes videos
member of band Sugarcubes; father of Sidri; no longer together
born on June 8, 1987; went to live with father in 2001 when mother moved to NYC
Björk received France's National Order of Merit in August 2001.
Björk on autographs, one of the many trappings of pop stardom: "I come from a punk background where we're so hard, people would ask us for autographs and we would grab their jumpers and go, 'Get a life!' We believed in the whole thing about anarchy and everybody is equal, the rule of the majority and how on earth are you supposed to change one person's life when somebody else scribbles their name on a paper card? But I have never been particularly fond of being in that position and I try to discourage it. Because playing music is different, when you're on stage with 1,000 people there – you are just as much into doing what you are doing as they are – you just happened to have that job, and you sort of transfer it, or whatever." – quoted in Rolling Stone.com, Jan. 23, 1999
"Dancer in the Dark" co-star Catherine Deneuve on Björk's difficulties with the film: "She cannot really act, she can only feel. Some of the situations in the film are so hard, and she was in so much pain, she could not recover from one day to another." – London's Evening Standard, May 23, 2000.
"She is extremely clever. It's like the Cold War. We both have spies everywhere, reporting back all the other's insults. What worries is me is knowing that Björk would be a tiny bit quicker to press the nuclear button than I would." – "Dancer in the Dark" director Lars von Trier about his relationship with Björk, quoted in The Daily Telegraph, August 29, 2000
"I always think about music because it's part of me, I am a song-writer first and foremost. You have to give it a lot. Every song is different. I would die for a song, of course I would. It is the most important thing. I'm a down-to-earth person obsessed with music." – Björk to London's The Daily Telegraph, Feb. 11, 2002