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Ivandić at the time of Šta bi dao da si na mom mjestu album release
|Birth name||Goran Ivandić|
|Born||10 December 1955|
Vareš, PR Bosnia-Herzegovina, FPR Yugoslavia
|Died||12 January 1994 (aged 38)|
Belgrade, Serbia, FR Yugoslavia
|Genres||Rock, progressive rock, hard rock, heavy metal, folk rock, pop rock|
|Labels||Jugoton, Diskoton, ZKP RTLJ, Kamarad, Radio Kruševac|
|Associated acts||Jutro, Bijelo Dugme, Laza Ristovski|
Goran "Ipe" Ivandić (December 10, 1955 in Vareš, PR Bosnia-Herzegovina, FPR Yugoslavia – January 12, 1994 in Belgrade, Serbia, FR Yugoslavia) was a Bosnian rock drummer, famous for his work with the band Bijelo Dugme.
Ivandić was born to father Josip and mother Mirjana in the central Bosnian town of Vareš where his mining engineer father had been assigned for employment by the Yugoslav communist authorities as part of the country's centrally-planned economy. Nicknamed Ipe from an early age, the youngster was raised with an older brother and younger sister Gordana.
Move to Sarajevo
The family moved to Sarajevo in 1960 when Ivandić was four.
While in elementary school, Ivandić simultaneously attended violin classes at a lower music school. However, soon after completing his final music school exam, he abruptly decided he "no longer wanted to bother with violin".
He would soon turn his focus to percussions. In 1970, along with some friends, fourteen-year-old Ivandić founded a music section within the Boško Buha youth centre simply because it was willing to provide free instruments. They named their band Crossroads with Ivandić playing the drums. With the band taking up most of his free time, he started neglecting school and as a result flunked his sophomore year of high school and had to repeat it. He eventually switched to part-time secondary education.
In June 1972, Ivandić went on a three-month summer gig in Trpanj as part of a band called Moby Dick.
After getting back to Sarajevo in fall 1972, he started receiving plenty of offers from groups looking for a drummer and decided to join a band called Rok. Its bandleader, organist Gabor Lenđel, would later, in 1974, establish the hard rock band Teška Industrija on the ashes of Rok.
Jutro and Bijelo Dugme
Teenage Ivandić was still drumming in Rok when Jutro's twenty-three-year-old bandleader Goran Bregović became aware of him during late summer 1973. Seeking a replacement for Šento Borovčanin, Bregović immediately presented Ivandić with an offer of joining Jutro which the seventeen-year-old accepted. Ivandić thus began the first of his three stints with what would soon become the most popular band in SFR Yugoslavia. Several months later, on New Year's Eve 1974, Jutro changed its name to Bijelo Dugme.
After recording two hugely successful albums—1974's Kad bi' bio bijelo dugme and 1975's Šta bi dao da si na mom mjestu—as well as playing the accompanying tours, Ivandić received an early call up to serve the mandatory Yugoslav People's Army stint in October 1976. The call up came at the most inopportune time as the band was getting ready to start recording their third album, but Ivandić had to go nonetheless. Still twenty-years-of-age at the time, he was assigned to a unit stationed in capital city Belgrade. His replacement in the band was Bregović's old companion Milić Vukašinović.
After being discharged early from the army due to getting pronounced "temporarily unable to serve", Ivandić rejoined the band during mid 1977. Mired in deep personality clashes amid a shambolic tour featuring less-than-expected attendance, poor musicianship due to lack of practice, equipment problems, and overall organizational issues, Bijelo Dugme somehow completed the tour before reconvening a month later in August 1977 for a triumphant free open-air concert at Hajdučka Česma in Belgrade before 70,000 spectators.
Side project with Laza Ristovski, leaving Bijelo Dugme, and drug bust
In 1978, while Bijelo Dugme was on hiatus because band leader Bregović was away in Niš serving his army stint, Ivandić and Bijelo Dugme keyboardist Laza Ristovski started working on their own project–an album titled Stižemo with their act named Laza i Ipe. The material composed by Ristovski, arranged by Ipe, with lyrics written by Ranko Boban was recorded in London throughout February and March 1978 featuring Ivandić, his sister Gordana Ivandić and Goran Kovačević on vocals, Leb i Sol leader Vlatko Stefanovski on guitar, Zlatko Hold on bass, and Ristovski on keyboards. However, the release date kept getting pushed back due to financing issues as they had problems convincing the Jugoton record label to cover their expenses.
Simultaneously, during Bregović's temporary army leaves, the duo, backed up by Bijelo Dugme singer Željko Bebek, initiated many discussions as they wanted things inside the band to be handled differently going forward. Most of the issues they brought up boiled down to writing credits and subsequent revenue sharing. Dissatisfied with Bregović's flat rejection of their demands, the two abandoned Bijelo Dugme altogether in late July 1978 in order to fully commit to their new project.
Back on the side project front, the money issues with Jugoton were solved by taking the material over to ZKP RTLJ label while some of the money was obtained through Bijelo Dugme bandmate Zoran Redžić. The album Stižemo ended up being promoted very ambitiously with high quality press material. It was also the first time in Yugoslavia that an album's release date was publicly announced in advance – a widely used practice at the time was to release an album and then promote it when it is already in stores.
Then on September 10, 1978, the day of the album release, while entering his apartment building in Sarajevo, coming back from a walk with his girlfriend, twenty-two-year-old Ivandić was arrested by a plain clothes policeman who said he is taking him in for questioning. Ivandić had been set to leave for Belgrade in a matter of hours where Laza was waiting so they can do promotional activities for the album. Instead, Ivandić got charged with a series of drug offenses along with other individuals. He thus began a long court battle and most of his musical activities got pushed to the back burner. He even sold his drum kit and went back to his university studies, passing a few exams at the University of Sarajevo's Faculty of Political Sciences where he had been enrolled in the journalism program. While awaiting sentencing, he was under a Yugoslavia-wide shadow ban on public performance that including ban on being credited publicly. Bijelo Dugme also publicly distanced themselves from Ivandić, recording their next two studio albums—1979's Bitanga i princeza and 1980's Doživjeti stotu—with Điđi Jankelić on drums. Since the SR Serbia constituent unit mostly didn't enforce his country-wide ban, Ivandić began frequently performing there as a gig drummer in order to help his finances. He also played on the twenty-two-year-old Slađana Milošević's 1979 debut album Gorim od želje da ubijem noć recorded in PGP-RTB's studios in Belgrade and furthermore appeared in the title track video. Showing Ivandić in several frames of the video at this time was considered controversial and reportedly required young Milošević to personally intervene with the television executives.
Eventually, Ivandić got sentenced by the Sarajevo District Court three-judge council presided over by judge Husein Hubijer to 3 and a half years in prison for "possession of hashish and enabling others to use narcotics". Also sentenced by the council on the same charge were Goran Kovačević to year and a half, Ranko Boban to 1 year. Furthermore, Zlatko Hold got sentenced to six months for obstruction of justice. Ivandić appealed the verdict, and his sentence was reduced to 3 years by the Supreme Court of SR Bosnia-Herzegovina.
He began serving his punishment at the Zenica correctional facility in early 1981. On February 17, 1981, he got transferred to another prison, in Foča, before getting pardoned some year and a half later for Republic Day 1982 (November 29).
Return to Dugme
After being released from prison, Ivandić reportedly immediately travelled to SR Slovenia, spending several weeks with a friend without contacting any of his old professional collaborators. By late December 1982, he got tracked down by Bijelo Dugme's manager Raka Marić and bandleader Bregović who extended an offer of rejoining the band. After initially turning them down, they persisted and several days later Ivandić accepted thus beginning his third stint with the band that would last until 1989 when the band dissolved.
During the mid-1980s he also recorded two albums, Kakav divan dan and Igre slobode, with his long-time girlfriend Amila Sulejmanović. After the albums' recording, Amila moved to London while Ivandić stopped all side projects and devoted fully to Bijelo Dugme.
It is unclear where he lived after the war started. Most say that he lived in Belgrade but in a 1994 interview for Croatian weekly Globus (conducted days after Ivandić's death), Željko Bebek states Ivandić lived in Vienna, at least at the time they last talked.
From his early days at Bijelo Dugme during the mid 1970s, Ivandić was in a relationship with Irhada Muhić (later Sulejmanpašić).
In the early 1980s, he began a romantic involvement with Amila Sulejmanović (later Welland) with whom he also collaborated musically. The relationship ended in 1988 when she moved to London. In 2018, Sulejmanović released her autobiography Ključ bubnja tama, significant portions of which centre around her musical career in Yugoslavia and relationship with Ivandić.
In 1988, Ivandić began a relationship with Dragana Tešić. The two got married in 1990 following the premature end of Bijelo Dugme's 1989 tour that would eventually turn out to be the band's last activity. The couple's son Filip was born in Sarajevo in 1991.
On January 12, 1994, Ivandić fell from the 6th floor of Belgrade's Metropol Hotel and died. It is generally believed that it was a suicide, but Bebek in the same interview says he has trouble believing it based on his prior knowledge of Ivandić and his habits.
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- Izgubljeno dugme, a 2015 documentary about Ipe Ivandić by Renato Tonković, Marijo Vukadin, and Robert Bubalo
- Web Site set up in his honour
- U pripremi dokumentarni film o članu „Bjelog dugmeta“, Blic, January 17, 2009