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Are you interested in the history of Rock'n Roll from a German perspective? Would you like to find out what the main genres in German music since the 1950s are? Is your knowledge of German intermediate to advanced? Then "Stationen der Rockmusik" is for you. It is a history of rock, with emphasis on Germany, in German:
You can watch German newsreels online by visiting the Sender Freies Berlin homepage. They have a vast archive of the news programs "Die Abendschau" and "Heute". You may either read the headlines or watch the videos. The "Abendschau" videos are 20 minutes long. All information is in German.
Bayern Drei is one of Germany's major public TV stations. Fortunately for those abroad, they also offer a lot of their programs online for free. You can listen to individual news broadcasts, music, cultural news & the weather, or subscribe to several free newsletters. The site is well-organized and very informative. Give it a try:
There are not many 'alternative' German labels left, and even fewer, which sell online, or ship worldwide. If you want to get your hands on Neue Deutsche Welle bands, or post-punk and avantgarde, check out Ata Tak. Ata Tak Records was one of Germany's most influential record labels in the 1970s and 1980s. They have a limited quantity of very rare vinyl, which was found in the basement :-).Check out their offers, shipping policy and history here:
All information is in German.
Get this reliable Baedecker travel guide about Germany. The articles are brief and to the point. You get infos on tours, landscapes, history, cities, weather, travel tips & the like. Comes with tons of addresses and a map.
Baedecker Deutschland, Verlag Karl Baedecker, ISBN 3-89525-697-8 (ca. DM 20)
"The Germans" deals with major trends and particularities of Germany's development from an empire (Kaiserreich) to a dictatorship (Drittes Reich) and finally to a moden federal republic. It describes the raise of National Socialism (late Weimarer Republik) and the resulting break of the country into two German states (BRD - DDR). The book is insightful, original and highly interesting. In English. Recommended reading.
The Germans - Power Struggle and the Development of Habitus in the 19th and 20th Century, by Norbert Elias, Columbia University Press, New York, 1996, 0 - 231 - 10563 - 0 (translated from the German).
Everybody needs to listen to Helge Schneider at least once. Try to obtain a copy of his album "Seine Groessten Erfolge" (vinyl 1989, CD 1991), which features such hits as "Maedchen wollen kuessen", "Texas", "100 000 Rosen schick ich Dir", and "Gefunkt". Helge is featured in several German films, the best-known of which are "Johnny Flash", "Texas", "Praxis Dr. Hasenbein" and "00 Schneider".
Prepare your holidays in the Black Forest with the "Baedeker Allianz Reisefuehrer, Schwarzwald"
444 pages, Mairs Geogr. Vlg., O.; ISBN: 3875045572
(DM 39,80,EUR 20,34)
Baedecker guides are always a safe bet, and so is this one. It is full of relevant information and comes with a very comprehensive address guide and map.
Click on this link to find out more:
"Die schoensten Wintersportgebiete in den Bayerischen Alpen" - Skifahren, Snowboarding, Loipen, Einkehr.
by Stefan Herbke (DM 9,90, EUR 5,06)
The Bavarian Alps are an ideal destination for both the beginner and the more experienced skiing fan. Stefan Hebke's book lists and describes a large number of addresses, winter holiday tips, accommodation and skiing resorts in this area. Special emphasis is placed on skiing and snow boarding information. An inexpensive book, but a great deal of information. Find out more here:
Try to get yourself a copy of the German PONS dictionary (English-German & vice versa). Comes in two volumes. Examples, grammar, usuage, weights & measures and abbreviations are included. Highly recommended. Information on my copy below, but you might want to obtain a more recent version. Info: Pons Globalwoerterbuch, Englisch-Deutsch, von Roland Breitsprecher ...,
Klett, Stuttgart, 1983, William Collins Sons & Co Ltd., ISBN 3-12-517131-8.
Born in East Germany, Nina Hagen had already gained a reputation as a flamboyant rock singer by the time she emigrated to the West in 1976, where she formed a band, signed to CBS Germany, and released their debut album, Nina Hagen Band, in 1978. It was followed in 1980 by Unbehagen. Hagen's first U.S. release was a four-song EP consisting of songs drawn from her two German releases, Nina Hagen Band EP (1980). She moved to New York and made her first English-language LP, Nunsexmonkrock, in 1982. That and its follow-up, the Giorgio Moroder-produced Fearless (1983), charted briefly, and "New York New York" was a Top Ten dance club hit. But Hagen left CBS after Nina Hagen in Ekstacy (1985). In 1988, she celebrated her marriage with the EP Punk Wedding, released in Canada, and in 1989 she returned to the German market with Nina Hagen (source: William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide).
Look at Nina's discography here:
"Alfons Schuhbecks Weihnachtliches Backen"
von Alfons Schuhbeck
DM 19,90 (EUR 10,17)
Alfons Schuhbeck is one of Germany's leading chefs. In this book he shares his best holiday recipes concentrating on baking. If you need inspiration for your holiday baking you will find it here. More details available at:
by Sandra Skrein
DM 39,90 (EUR 20,40)
This book helps you to celebrate the holidays without stress. Sandra Krein's tips include wrapping presents, setting the table, decorating the house, making candles, cakes, cookies, and creating a festive atmosphere. You do not need to be Martha Stewart to make use of these tips. Find out more here:
Krautrock describes German music recorded in the late 60s up to the early 80s. Check out bands such as Can, Hoelderlin, Novalis, Guru Guru, Cluster, Blonker, Fuehrs & Fruehling, Message, Ruphus, early Kraftwerk, Gate, Jane, Grobschnitt, Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, and the Release Muisc Orchestra. Go to Google.com to search for these bands.
The Weimar Republic is one of the most important and resonant eras of the 20th century. The Weimar Republic Sourcebook is the best source of original texts from and about the Weimar Republic I have come across so far. It is indespensable: close to 700 pages, plenty of illustrations and a great bibliography section. Some texts appear in English for the first time. This book will not only interest those who enjoy history. It is far too comprehensive for that. At the same time, it is easily digestable and of general interest to anyone who is interested in German life, literature, politics and culture. Get your copy now.
The Weimar Republic Sourcebook, by Anton Kaes, Martin Jay, Edward Dimenberg (Eds), University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1994, 0 - 520 - 06775 - 4
Die Fehlfarben was one of Germany's first wave bands. In the early 80s, they originated out of the legendary punk band Mittagspause (Mipau), who, sadly, only put out a couple of 7 " singles. Check out the Fehlfarben page at Ata Tak Records:
--- read more about Die Fehlfarben and listen to some of their music.
All information is in German.
It is difficult to obtain rare German vinyl from the 60s to the 90s. You can try Amazon.de, but chances are the material is already deleted. Try this instead: Buy rare German progressive music and Krautrock at Recordpark, or download their catalog. Page is in English, they accept Mastercard and Visa. Check this out:
Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft's music followed the path that had been mapped out by Kraftwerk. Their music is dance-oriented, sometimes experimental, & their lyrics included a lot of German. The band is now defunct. You can find mp3s at www.audiogalaxy.com. For more information on the band, including a discography in English, visit:
How to decribe Der Plan? Think Residents meet Sex Pistols and Monty Python. Der Plan sang entirely in German, which was extraordinary in the late 70s and early 80s. Their concerts were a mix of theater, performance, noise ritual and satire. I consider them one of Germany's best wave & avantgarde bands. Check out their German bio here:
Tip: Try to listen to "Gefaehrliche Clowns", this song is a ten on a scale of ten.
Still uncertain if you want to buy music by "Der Plan", or not? - (yes, these albums are rare and expensive). There are two ways to listen to the band for free. You can go to www.audiogalaxy.com and become a registered user (which is free), and you will be able to download full "Der Plan" mp3s from others (I did it,it works!) Alternatively, you can go to their German record label, read and listen to free music samples there. The URL is:
Would you like to read interviews with Holger Czukay, Amon Duul, Klaus Schulze or Michael Rother? Are you trying to find record shops, which carry Krautrock? Do you care to read what Mojo, Melody Maker and Wired say about German rock? Then The Krautrock Directory is for you. This page has it all: links to websites, Krautrock artists, articles, interviews and shopping. Amazing!!!
Here is a selection of "classic" German literature, drama & poetry from the 18th century ("Sturm und Drang"):
1771 Goethe: Willkommen und Abschied; Mailied; Heideroeschen (Sesenheimer Lieder)
1773 Goethe: Goetz von Berlichingen; Buerger: Der Bauer
1774 Goethe: Die Leiden des jungen Werthers, Prometheus
1776 Klinger: Sturm und Drang (der Wirrwarr)
1779 Herder: Volkslieder
1780 Goethe: Ueber allen Gipfeln
1781 Schiller: Die Raeuber
1782 Schiller: Gedichte; Goethe: Der Erlkoenig
1784 Schiller: Kabale und Liebe
1785 Schiller: An die Freude
1786 Buerger: Muenchhausen
1787 Goethe: Iphigenie auf Taurus, Schiller: Don Carlos; Schubart: Kaplied
You might find a lot of this online, or in print from Amazon.de.
Realism and naturalism was a major literary trend in 19th centuary Germany. Try these authors:
Christian Friedrich Hebbel (1813 - 1863): Die Nibelungen
Theodor Storm (1817 - 1888): Gedichte, Novellen, Der Schimmelreiter
Gottfried Keller (1819 - 1890): Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe, Kleider machen Leute, Zuericher Novellen
Gerhart Hauptmann (1862 - 1946): Bahnwaerter Thiel, Die Ratten
Arno Holz (1863 - 1929): Die Kunst, ihr Wesen und ihre Gesetze; Revolution der Lyrik, Phantasus.
German wave band Fehlfarben have been around since the 1980s, so I assumed they would not be active anymore. Wrong! I found that their mp3s are still widely available - try www.audiogalaxy.com - , and so is information on these guys. Check out what they are currently up to by visiting the official homepage of "Die Fehlfarben". It contains lyrics, news, pics and recording information. Very good page, in German:
These guys are a Berlin punk band. They are good. So far, they have released a couple of 7" singles and three CDs, one of which is a tribute to Blondie. Unfortunately, they are no longer touring. Audiogalaxy.com hosts one downloadable Germ Attack mp3. Go to Google.com for a listing of other free Germ Attack mp3s, or read the Germ Attack bio (in German) to find out more:
You can contact their manager if you send me an e-mail, and I will forward the address.
Clickfish hosts an impressive archive about German bands, from the well-known to the lesser-known. They feature bios, record recommendations, news and links. For an example of how this works, check out the history of the Band Fehlfarben (in detail and in German) here:
Consists of two record sets (4 albums) recorded live at the Brain Festival in Essen in 1977 and 1978. Rare, but re-released on CD. Features Gate, Novalis, Fuehrs and Fruehling, Message, Jane, Guru Guru, Ruphus, The Release Music Orchestra, To Be, SFF, Blonker, and RMO.
Step no 1 would be to make a list of the bands you are interested in and do a search at www.google.com. If you cannot find anything try step no 2: Open an account at www.audiogalaxy.com. Registration is free. Download their free software and swap files with other users. Their German music archive is HUGE. Do it know, it is too good to last long. Step no 3: if nothing of this works, send me a mail and I'll see what I can do :-)
Novalis were one of the top Krautrock bands in the late 1960s to 70s. Although they were not as famous as Tangerine Dream, they are well worth checking out, especially if you like bands such as Pink Floyd. It is tricky to find information about them online (there just isn't a lot). You want to try the following link to get information about Novalis, this page is in German and quite good:
Order your tickets for the German concert season from MCT by calling + (49) (0) 30 5363 8200. If in Berlin you can also order from www.tickets.de, or send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The office is located at Potsdamer Strasse 58, D - 10785 Berlin (subway stop Kurfuerstenstrasse, U1).
Die Fehlfarben were (and are) one of Germany's best New Wave bands. Their first vinyl album "Monarchie und Alltag" was praised nationally for its melodic content & clever use of German in an everyday context. They also paved the way for artists such as Extrabreit and the Neue Deutsche Welle as a whole. Check out their bio (in German) here:
The Marco Polo travel guide about Oberbauern (Upper Bavaria) gives you a quick overview about the region. With insider tips, ca DM 12,80.
Marco Polo. Reisen mit Insider-Tips. Oberbayern. Ed. by Ferdinand Ranft, 1997, Hans E. Rübesamen, Mairs Geographischer Verlag, 3-89525-364-2
Go to the Langenscheidt Homepage to find out more about their excellent books and dictionaries. All information in German. They also send out a free newsletter and have an online dictionary for you to test. Copy and paste this in your browser:
Read the German verson of Rolling Stone and find out what's going on. This publication is surprisingly good, they do cover a lot of German bands in addition to news about trends, culture & politics from all over the world. Definitely worth a try. Magazine is in German.
"Stollen, Kipferl und Co"
by Peter Gaymann
DM 12,90 (EUR 6,59)
A Christmas recipe collection for the gourmet cook. Bake traditional German Stollen, cookies, & cakes and amaze your family. The recipes are mouth-watering. More information here:
Cosima Wagner`s Diaries - An Abridgement. Edited and introduced by Geoffrey Skelton. 524 pages. Paperback edition 1994, Yale University Press, New Haven and London. ISBN: 0-300-06904-9
If you are interested in Richard Wagner buy this immediately!!!
Unfortunately this book was not available from Amazon, when I last checked. I got my copy from Daedalus Books, for less than $ 5.
Slime were one of Germany's first 'real' punk bands, or punk pioneers, starting out in the late 1970s. So, it is amazing that they still exist in 2001. They were also the first German punk band to have their lyrics censored (in the song "Polizei, SA, SS"). You can download the uncensored versions at audiogalaxy.com. For a full bio of the band, visit:
This information is in German.