August 2015

PINK FLOYD - 40 Years Wish You Were Here

26. August 2015

Pink Floyd

PINK FLOYD - 40 Years Wish You Were Here

Perhaps the myth of "Wish You Were Here" began that Thursday, June 5, 1975 - with the mysterious visitor at Abbey Road Studios. Pink Floyd were working on the final mix of the core of their upcoming album, "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", a song about their former frontman Syd Barrett and his unstoppable mental decay. Suddenly a bald, fat, confused-looking man stands in the room, all dressed in white, with shaved eyebrows and a white plastic bag in his hand.

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DAVID GILMOUR - Respectable Age, Respectable Career

26. August 2015

David Gilmour Pink Floyd

DAVID GILMOUR - Respectable Age, Respectable Career

We experience the warmest day of the year in England - with heat deaths in the London Underground. David Gilmour's houseboat MS Astoria resembles an oven. Only the cabin at the bow has air conditioning, which is why it is reserved for the owner. He receives barefoot in a heavy leather armchair, slurps black coffee and has something surreal about him: his head looks almost huge, his bulky body is in black clothes that stand in sharp contrast to his snow-white wreath of hair. When the famous guitarist and singer speaks, one has the feeling of listening to a philosophy lecturer from Oxford.

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KADAVAR - New Home Berlin

26. August 2015

Kadavar

KADAVAR - New Home Berlin

There are few German cities for whom it would be a matter of course if three "newcomers" confessed their new home with an album title. In the Berlin crucible, however, this is a relatively normal process. "About ten years ago we moved to the capital from all over Germany because we simply wanted to get out of the province and Berlin appeared to us as our natural new territory," recalls Christoph Bartelt. "Here we found each other and developed something together. We are all fundamentally different, but that is normal in a city like Berlin.

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GRATEFUL DEAD - Jamming on a high level

26. August 2015

Grateful Dead

GRATEFUL DEAD - Jamming on a high level

"Only he who ate with the dead of the poppy, of theirs, will not lose the quietest note again." (Rainer Maria Rilke)

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30 YEARS LIVE AID - The Great Disillusionment

26. August 2015

Live Aid

30 YEARS LIVE AID - The Great Disillusionment

"It's twelve noon in London, seven a.m. in Philadelphia, and around the world it's time for: Live Aid." With this sentence, BBC presenter Richard Skinner opened the biggest, most ambitious, but - and more about that - unfortunately also the most ineffective charity event in the history of rock and pop music on July 13, 1985. Triggered by the famine in East African Ethiopia and inspired by the success of the charity single "Do They Know It's Chistmas?", Bob Geldof has launched a festival to shake the world up and generate as much money as possible.

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LED ZEPPELIN - The crowning finale

26. August 2015

Led Zeppelin

LED ZEPPELIN - The crowning finale

The 71-year-old Brit receives in the legendary Olympic Studios, which today are a mixture of cinema, café and private club. And he turns out to be a talkative, but certain interlocutor who pursues only one goal: to polish up the Zeppelin's reputation in the long term. Critical questions do not fit into the concept. But these are quite appropriate for the work of the years 1976 to 1979.

eclipsed: Jimmy, is it hard for you to talk about these albums, which stand for the end of the band or the way there?

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The eclipsed label portrait: BUREAU B free spirit and electronics

26. August 2015

Bureau B Krautrock

The eclipsed label portrait: BUREAU B free spirit and electronics

It is noticeable that it is predominantly German artists with whom Bureau B cooperates. Buskies: "With the re-releases we concentrated on Germany. It's not a must. It turned out that way. Contacts are easier because we operate in this environment." The offer may serve a niche, but it has nevertheless expanded. Reihse: "The spectrum has grown. Roedelius, Qluster, Schnitzler, Asmus Tietchens, Pyrolator or the things from the Atatak label. I don't own more records from any other label."

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CHRIS SQUIRE - The Foundation of Yes

26. August 2015

Chris Squire Yes

CHRIS SQUIRE - The Foundation of Yes

A thoroughbred musician, a workhorse, a relaxed, likeable guy, a sensitive giant - that's how companions, friends and journalists remember Chris Squire. The co-founder of Yes was not only a formidable bassist, but also a great human being. Squire never let the rock star hang out. He was never dismissive, seldom in a bad mood. When it became known in May that he was suffering from leukaemia, recovery wishes trickled in from all sides and through all channels. But already on June 27 Squire succumbed to the disease at the age of 67.

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NEIL YOUNG - Holy Wrath

NEIL YOUNG - Holy Wrath

Young's excitement on the new album is real. It recalls his commitment to movements like No Nukes in the late seventies or Farm Aid a decade later. On "The Monsanto Years" the old rocker rages against everything and everyone, is not afraid to name names. The most prominent are Monsanto and Starbucks. "Monsanto and Starbucks: Mothers want to know what they feed their children" is one of the words in the song "A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop".

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Birthday in absentia - IAN GILLAN turned 70 on 19 August

26. August 2015

Ian Gillan Deep Purple

Birthday in absentia - IAN GILLAN turned 70 on 19 August

"When I was a kid, I hated being kissed by aunts on my birthday. This probably explains my aversion to celebrating my birthday," Ian Gillan ponders, referring to his anniversary on August 19. "I won't celebrate the seventieth either." But his fans are.

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