Rock musician Ivan Král turns 70

The Prague-born rock musician and songwriter Ivan Král turned 70 on Saturday. Král emigrated to the United States with his family in the 1960s and became involved in New York’s punk scene in the following decade, performing with an early incarnation of Blondie and becoming bassist with the Patti Smith Group. He later played guitar with Iggy Pop.

In the 1990s Ivan Král released solo albums with some success in the Czech Republic and produced a number of Czech musicians. He continues to reside in the US.