Michael Rother @SonosStories in Berlin
On April 12th 2018, Michael Rother will be at Sonos Stores Berlin sharing his personal stories inspired by @davidbowie alongside Tony Visconti, Alison Goldfrapp, Gudrun Gut + Thomas Venker. Sign up for tickets here #SonosStories. (created:
Feature film "The Robbers" with music by Michael Rother
The feature film „Die Räuber (The Robbers)" by Frank Hoffmann and Pol Cruchten, based on a drama by Friedrich Schiller and featuring a score by Michael Rother, will be screened by Arte on 11 January 2018 at 23.05 CET. The film will be available for streaming from the Arte Mediathek from 11 until 18 January 2018. (created:
Jaki Liebezeit - A Tribute
Michael Rother is confirmed to participate at „Jaki Liebezeit – A Tribute“ in Cologne, Germany, on 22 January 2018 at Philharmonie Köln where he will jam with a number of musicians and former collaborators of the late great drummer. Jaki Liebezeit and his unique contributions to the music of CAN as well as his inspiring drumming as a guest musician on numerous albums of German and international bands/artists, including Michael Rother´s first 4 solo albums, will be commemorated and celebrated. (created:
Michael Rother concert in Aarhus, Denmark
Michael Rother is confirmed to play in Aarhus, Denmark, on 09 Dec 2017. At "2017 Finale - Aarhus City Town Hall", an event celebrating the end of the year in which Aarhus was the European Capital of Culture, Michael Rother will perform music by NEU!, Harmonia and Solo Works as the headliner of the festival. Hans Lampe (La Düsseldorf, drums) and Franz Bargmann will accompany Michael Rother at his last live performance of the year 2017. (created:
Mexico tour in October 2017 / Update
Michael Rother is coming to Mexico in October 2017 for a string of concerts in several cities where he will present tracks by NEU!, Harmonia as well as Solo Works. Hans Lampe (La Duesseldorf/drums) and Franz Bargmann (guitar) join Michael Rother on the tour. See an announcement (in Spanish) by Festival Internacional Cervantino.
Michael Rother´s tour in Mexiko in October 2017:
14 Oct - Monterrey @ French Fried
21 Oct - Mexico City, Noche Electronica Alémana-Mexicana @ Goethe Institute
22 Oct - Guadalajara, Dona Pancha Fest @ LARVA
27 Oct - San Luis Potosi @ Room Park
28 Oct - Guanajuato @ Festival Internacional Cervantino (created:
Michael Rother concert in Edinburgh
On 09 February 2018 Michael Rother will play at The Liquid Room in Edinburgh, UK. Tickets are available here. More infos will follow soon. (created:
Michael Rother concert in London
Michael Rother will return to London, UK, on 06 February 2018 and play at "The Jazz Cafe". More UK dates will be announced soon. (created:
Michael Rother concert at Electronic Circus Festival
On 30 September 2017, Michael Rother will perform at the Electronic Circus Festival in Detmold, Germany. Please order your tickets for this 10th edition of the festival via email to email@example.com. More information coming soon. (created:
Michael Rother confirmed for By The Lake festival
On 13 August 2017, Michael Rother will return to Berlin and participate at the By The Lake festival in Weissenssee. Hans Lampe (La Düsseldorf) and Franz Bargmann will accompany Michael Rother for a selection of tracks by NEU!, Harmonia and his solo works. (created:
Michael Rother concert at DRILL Festival in Leeds
A replacement concert for the unfortunately cancelled Safe As Milk festival has been arranged: Michael Rother is confirmed to play at the DRILL Festival @ Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, UK, on 23 April 2017. Tickets are available here. (created:
Safe As Milk Festival cancelled
The organisers of the Safe As Milk festival which was due to be held from 21 until 23 April 2017 in Prestatyn, Wales (UK) have cancelled the event due to poor ticket sales. Read more in crackmagazine.net.
The final lineup for the Safe As Milk Festival in Prestatyn, Wales, UK, running from 21 to 23 April 2017, has now been announced. Michael Rother will perform tracks by NEU!, Harmonia as well as Solo Works. He will be joined by Hans Lampe (La Düsseldorf, drums) and Franz Bargmann (guitar). Tickets are available here. More Michael Rother UK concerts to be announced shortly. (created:
Additional UK concerts in April 2017 in Nottingham and Manchester
Michael Rother is confirmed to play two additional UK concerts in April 2017 after his performance on April 23rd 2017 at Safe As Milk Festival, Prestatyn. Tickets for his concerts in Nottingham (Rescue Rooms) on 25 April and Manchester
(Sound Control) on 26 April. More information coming soon. (created:
World premiere of Flammende Herzen live
Michael Rother will perfom his entire first solo album "Flammende Herzen" for the first time ever at the "Lieblingsplatte-Festival" at zakk Halle in Düsseldorf on December 14th 2016. Tickets are available here. In Düsseldorf, Michael Rother will be joined by Hans Lampe (La Düsseldorf/drums), Franz Bargmann (guitar) and Thomas Beckmann (live visuals and additional keyboards). (created:
Michael Rother / concerts & tours /autumn/winter 2016 (overview) / UPDATE
The next concerts:
14 October - Sevilla, Spain @ Monkey Week Festival
16 October - Braga, Portugal @ gnration
18 October - Madrid, Spain @ Sala Joy Eslava
20 October - Barcelona, Spain @ Sala Bikini
28 October - Beijing, China @ Yugong Yishan
30 October - Chengdu, China @ Little Bar Space
04 November - Hangzhou, China @ MAO Livehouse
06 November - Shanghai, China - MAO Livehouse
08 November - Hongkong, China @ MUSICZONE
14 December - Düsseldorf - Lieblingsplatte-Festival @ zakk
Michael Rother returns to Under the Bridge, London / UPDATE
On 29 September 2016 Michael Rother will return to London, UK, for a second concert at Under the Bridge in Chelsea. This is a chance for everyone who missed his sold-out performance at UtB on 05 February.
Rusty Egan (Visage Blitz Club) will participate at Under the Bridge with a DJ set.
Crystabel Riley from London is confirmed to join Michael Rother, Hans Lampe and Franz Bargmann at Under the Bridge and play additional drums on several NEU! and Harmonia tracks. Infos on Crystabel Riley´s project Debbie Leggo: Soundcloud and Bandcamp. (created:
Berlin concert by Michael Rother in September 2016
On September 17th 2016 Michael Rother will participate at the Synästhesie II festival in Berlin, Germany. The venue: UFO Sound Studios. Michael Rother will present music by NEU!, Harmonia and Solo Works. Hans Lampe (drums/La Düsseldorf) and Franz Bargmann (guitar) accompany Michael Rother at Synästhesie II. Here is a
video teaser. (created:
Press reviews of Michael Rother´s concert @ Green Man 2016
On 20 August 2016 Michael Rother performed at Green Man 2016 Festival in Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, UK.
Michael Rother concerts in Spain in October 2016
In October 2016 Michael Rother returns to Spain for the following concerts: October 14th in Sevilla at Monkey Week Festival, October 18th in Madrid at Sala Joy Eslava and October 20th in Barcelona at Sala Bikini. (created:
Michael Rother concert in Glasgow
Michael Rother comes to Scotland for a concert in Glasgow on September 30th, 2016. At The Art School he will be joined by Hans Lampe (La Düsseldorf, drums) and Franz Bargmann (ex Camera, guitar) and play tracks by NEU!, Harmonia and Solo Works. Tickets are available here. (created:
Michael Rother to play at Incubate Festival
Michael Rother is confirmed to perform at the Incubate Festival in Tilburg (Netherlands), headlining on 14 May 2016. Hans Lampe (La Düsseldorf/drums) and Franz Bargmann (ex Camera/guitar) will join Michael Rother at Incubate. Some information by the festival about Michael Rother´s concert. Tickets are available here (ticket sales start on 26 March 2016). (created:
Harmonia album "Documents 1975" now available as CD and LP
On 18 March 2016, Groenland Records releases Harmonia´s album "Documents 1975". This album by Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Michael Rother was previously only available as part of Harmonia´s box set "Complete Works" and on MC, and it will now be out as an individual LP and CD. The album features the tracks "Tika-Taka at Harmonia Studio in Forst", "Live at Onkel Pö in Hamburg", "Proto-Deluxe at Harmonia-Studio in Forst" and "Live at Fabrik in Hamburg". Mani Neumeier (Guru Guru) played drums on the live recordings in Hamburg.
AsmusTietchens wrote the Liner Notes for "Documents 1975".
Michael Rother sits in for Iggy Pop
On Friday, 26 October 2016, at 7pm (UK time),
Iggy Pop´s Radio Show will be broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music. Michael Rother was invited by Iggy Pop, for whom he is sitting in, to present a selection of his favourite tunes. The show will also be available shortly after broadcast on BBC Playlister. (created:
Michael Rother concert at Yellowstock Festival
On 13 August 2016 Michael Rother will perform at Yellowstock Festival in Geel, Belgium. More information available soon. (created:
Michael Rother concert in London / sold out!
On 05 February 2016, Michael Rother will play at Under The Bridge in London, U.K. Rusty Egan is confirmed to DJ. Hans Lampe (drums/La Duesseldorf) and Franz Bargman (guitar/ex Camera) join Michael Rother at Under the Bridge where he will present music by NEU! and Harmonia as well as Solo Works. The concert is already sold out. (created:
Michael Rother concerts in Leipzig and Berlin / Update
In January 2016 Michael Rother will come to Leipzig and Berlin for 2 concerts in Germany. The dates: 23 January at
UT Connewitz, Leipzig, and 25 January at Volksbühne Berlin. Hans Lampe (La Düsseldorf, drums) and Franz Bargmann (guitar) join Michael Rother at these events where he will play tracks by NEU! and Harmonia as well as from his catalogue of Solo Works. The German musik magazine SPEX will present Michael Rother´s concerts in Leipzig and Berlin.
Harmonia box set "Complete Works" out now
Harmonia´s career-spanning 5-vinyl lp box set "Complete Works" has now been released by Groenland Records. The band, consisting of Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Michael Rother, lived and worked together in Forst from 1973 until 1976.
The box set includes their original albums "Musik von Harmonia", "Deluxe", "Live 1974" and "Tracks and Traces / reissue" (with Brian Eno) as well as a 36-page book in lp format with many unknown photos and an album of previously unreleased music called "Documents 1975". The box set also features a pop-up, a poster and a download code for all the music included in the box set.
Read an article on Harmonia and the box set, published on 21 October 2015 in "The Guardian".
Further information about Harmonia can be found on the band´s website Harmonia1973.
The box set Harmonia "Complete Works" is available at the online shop of Groenland Records. (created:
Michael Rother live dates for autumn 2015 / UPDATE 22 Oct. 2015
More dates have been confirmed for Michael Rother concerts in Europe in autumn 2015 where he will present his live concept "Michael Rother plays NEU! & Harmonia & Solo Works". Hans Lampe (La Duesseldorf/drums) and Franz Bargmann (guitar) join Michael Rother at these events:
Harmonia box set "Complete Works" coming via Groenland Records
Harmonia "Complete Works", a 5-lp vinyl box set, will be released by Groenland Records on 21 October 2015. Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Michael Rother have contributed archival material to this unique project featuring all of their original albums plus the new release "Documents 1975", an album of previously unreleased archival recordings by Harmonia.
Harmonia´s official website offers a selection of photos from the 36-page picture book which is included in the box set, an essay by Geeta Dayal and more information on the band´s history as well as a link to the
online shop of Groenland Records where the box set can be ordered. (created:
The feature film "Houston" to be screened on German tv
The film "Houston" by German director Bastian Günther, featuring the leading actors Ulrich Tukur and Garret Dillahunt and a score by Michael Rother will be screened on tv for the first time on the German channel ARD (Das Erste) on August 12th 2015 at 10.45pm CET. (created:
MICHANIKA concert at Pop-Kultur festival cancelled
Anika (Annika Henderson) and Michael Rother deeply regret that, due to time constraints and pressing individual artistic commitments, their collaborative project "Michanika" must be put on hold for the foreseeable future and all performances of "Michanika" are cancelled. Furthermore, there will be no Anika cameo performances on the forthcoming Michael Rother tour to Spain and Portugal. Many thanks for understanding!
The original news post of 22 April 2015:
Annika Henderson (Anika) and Michael Rother are confirmed to play at the Pop-Kultur festival in Berlin on 27 August 2015. Their new collaboration MICHANIKA will be premiered at this three day event which is held at Berghain by Musicboard Berlin.
Michael Rother concert in Metz, France
Michael Rother is confirmed for a concert at La BAM (Boîte à musique) in Metz, France, on 12 Nov 2015. He will present his current live program "Michael Rother plays NEU! & Harmonia and solo works". Look out for more news on this event which will be available soon. (created:
Michael Rother concert in Madrid / Update
Michael Rother is confirmed to play his first ever concert in Madrid, Spain, on 22 July 2015 at Sala Caracol. Joining him are Hans Lampe (drums/La Düsseldorf), Fanz Bargmann (guitar/ex Camera) and Anika (vox & guitar). At Caracol, Michael Rother will present music by NEU!, Harmonia and solo works. More news will follow shortly. (created:
Michael Rother live premiere in Portugal
Michael Rother´s first ever concerts in Portugal are confirmed for July 2015:
- 25 July 2015 - "Michael Rother plays NEU!, Harmonia and solo works" at Milhões de Festa in Barcelos, Braga.
- 27 July 2015 - "Michael Rother and band" perform at Galeria Zé dos Bois (ZdB) in Lisbon.
On both occasions Michael Rother will be joined by Hans Lampe (drums/La Düsseldorf, Franz Bargmann (guitar/ex Camera) and Anika (vox & guitar).
Read an article in The Quietus. More news will follow shortly. (created:
The film "Die Räuber" (The Robbers) coming in German cinemas
Starting on March 19th 2015, the film "Die Räuber" ("The Robbers") by Paul Cruchten and Frank Hoffmann, featuring a score by Michael Rother, will be shown in German cinemas. The film noire, loosely based on Friedrich Schillers classic piece, also features the late Maximilian Schell in his last performance.
Information on the cast and production plus an interview with Pol Cruchten and Frank Hoffmann are to be found on the movie´s website "Die Räuber"
Michael Rother-Remix of a track by "Boxed In"
Michael Rother´s Remix of the track "All Your Love Is Gone" by "Boxed In" is now available for streaming on
Stereogum. The track was written by Oli Bayston. The remix features guitars played by Michael Rother and will be out on Nettwerk together with the original track on the single "All Your Love Is Gone" on 27 January 2015. (created:
Video clip with Interview and footage of Beijing concert
VICE China has now uploaded an interview with Michael Rother and footage of his concert in Beijing, China, on 11 December 2014. Music: "Hallogallo" and "Neuschnee" (NEU!), written by Klaus Dinger/Michael Rother. Performed live by Michael Rother, Hans Lampe and Franz Bargmann: NOISEY - Meets Michael Rother. (created:
"Die Räuber" - New feature film with a score by Michael Rother
The film "Die Räuber" (The Robbers), directed by Frank Hoffmann and Pol Cruchten, features a score by Michael Rother and will be premiered at the opening night of the film festival Max Ophüls Preis in Saarbrücken, Germany, on 19 January 2015.
The famous actor/director/producer Maximilian Schell who passed away in 2014 is seen here in his last film performance.
Michael Rother concerts 2015 in Amsterdam, Düsseldorf and Heidelberg
In January and February 2015, Michael Rother will do three live perfomances and present the music of NEU! and Harmonia as well as selected solo works. Confirmed are concerts on 30 January at Grauzone Festival 2015 at Melkweg in Amsterdam (Netherlands), on 01 February at zakk in Düsseldorf and on 02 February at Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof, Heidelberg. Hans Lampe (drums/La Düsseldorf) and Franz Bargmann (guitar/ex Camera) will accompany Michael Rother at all three occasions.
Short video of Michael Rother´s concert in Beijing @ VICE
VICE China has posted a short video of their New Year 2014 party in Beijing of 11 December 2014. The clip features Michael Rother´s track "Maultrommel" (as performed live on that night by Michael Rother, Hans Lampe and Franz Bargmann) and captures the great atmosphere of the event. (created:
Michael Rother live in China / Update
For his first ever live performances in China, Michael Rother will come to Beijing and Shanghai in December 2014 and present the music of NEU! and Harmonia as well as selected solo works. He will be accompanied by Hans Lampe (drums) and Franz Bargmann (guitar). The offical invitation by "VICE China":
VICE China´s annual party 2014. The World Is Sinking, We Are Celebrating!
Michael Rother will play both Beijing (Dec 11 at Tango 3rd Floor) and Shanghai (Dec 13 at Mao Livehouse), joined by Russian group Messer Chups, as well as local up-and-comers including Heat Mark, Run Run Run, Hua Lun, and The Psyders. RSVP for free entry. Door opens at 8pm.
Chinese media on the upcoming concerts of Michael Rother in China:
Michael Rother at the Red Bull Music Academy, Tokyo 2014
On October 22nd 2014 Michael Rother participated at the Red Bull Music Academy, Tokyo 2014, Japan, where he was interviewed by Hanna Bächer in front of the participants of the RBMA Tokyo 2014.
The "Lecture" focussed on Michael Rother´s time as a member of Kraftwerk in 1971, his subsequent collaborative band projects NEU! (with Klaus Dinger) and Harmonia (with Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius) and on his work as a solo artist.
Photo by Yusaku Aoki @ Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo 2014
New compilation out on Groenland Records features music by Michael Rother
The compilation "ELECTRI_CITY - Elektronische Musik aus Düsseldorf" featuring music of the 1970s and 80s from Düsseldorf as well as music by artists and bands often associated with the capital of North Rhine-Westfalia is out on CD (and with a limited selection of tracks also available on Vinyl ) on Groenland Records on October 13th 2014.
A book in German language with the same title, written by Rüdiger Esch, will be published by Suhrkamp on October 20th 2014.
The CD compilation includes "Flammende Herzen" by Michael Rother as well as tracks by NEU!, La Duesseldorf, Harmonia & Eno, DAF, Der Plan, Die Krupps, Wolfgang Riechmann and many more. (created:
Michael Rother live at Phono Festival in Bergen, Norway / Update
Michael Rother will come Bergen, Norway, on September 20th 2014 where he will perform the music of NEU! and Harmonia plus selected solo works at Phonofestivalen 2014. Hans Lampe (La Düsseldorf / drums) and Franz Bargmann (Camera / guitar) join Michael Rother at Phonofestivalen 2014 as his Special Guests. Other artists performing at Phono Festival: Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Rhys Chatham and numerous international and Norwegian artists/bands. (created:
Live performance in Copenhagen, Denmark / Update: Special Guests
Michael Rother is confirmed to perform live in Copenhagen on April 3rd 2014 where he will present the music of NEU! and Harmonia plus selected solo works at Tivolis Koncertsal for the first time ever in Denmark. Also on the bill are Tangerine Dream and Dieter Moebius. Hans Lampe (La Duesseldorf) joins Michael Rother as his Special Guest.
News Update: Anika (vocals) and Franz Bargmann (guitar/Camera) have been confirmed to complement Michael Rother´s lineup as further Special Guests in Copenhagen. (created:
Michael Rother live at Schloss Bevern in Germany
Michael Rother is confirmed to play an open air concert in Bevern, Germany, on July 26th 2014 and present the music of his bands NEU! and Harmonia plus selected solo works. The courtyard of the historic "Schloss Bevern" (a palace/chateau in Lower Saxony built in the 17th century) was chosen as the venue for this special live appearance. Hans Lampe (La Duesseldorf) will join Michael Rother in Bevern as his Special Guest on drums. (created:
Michael Rother live at OFF Festival Katowice 2014
The lineup for the OFF Festival Katowice 2014 running from August 1st - 3rd 2014 has just been announced. Michael Rother is confirmed to present the music of NEU! and Harmonia plus selected solo works for the very first time ever in Poland. The lineup of OFF Festival Katowice 2014 also features Belle And Sebastian, Neutral Milk Hotel, Fuck Buttons and many more bands. Information in English. (created:
Michael Rother live in Munich, Germany
On December 14th 2013, Michael Rother will participate at
"KRAUT & DRASTIK", an event of panel discussions, lectures and live music held at Münchner Kammerspiele in Munich, Germany.
At "KRAUT & DRASTIK" Michael Rother presents the music of NEU! and Harmonia as well as selected solo works and also joins journalists and musicians for a talk. Hans Lampe (La Düsseldorf) is confirmed as Michael Rother´s Special Guest and will accompany his live performance on drums. (created:
Michael Rother live in London, UK
Michael Rother is confirmed for a concert in London, UK, on December 3rd 2013. At ATP´s Netil House Takeover Michael Rother presents the music of NEU! and Harmonia as well as selected solo works.
New War from Melbourne, Australia, participate as support. Drummer Hans Lampe (La Dusseldorf) will join Rother both in London and at ATP´s Final UK Holiday Camp Festival
"End Of An Era Part 2" (Nov 29th - Dec 01st) in Camber Sands, UK.
Michael Rother concert at Electronic Circus festival in Guetersloh, Germany
On October 5th 2013 Michael Rother will perform live in Germany and present the music of NEU! and Harmonia as well as selected solo works at the
Electronic Circus 2013 music festival in Guetersloh, North Rhine-Westphalia. Hans Lampe (La Dusseldorf) joins Michael Rother at this event as his Special Guest on drums. (created:
Concerts in Japan in September 2013
Michael Rother comes to Japan for 2 live performances in September 2013. At CONPASS in Osaka (Sep 11th 2013) and UNIT in Tokyo (Sep 12th 2013) he will present the music of NEU! and Harmonia as well as selected solo works. Hans Lampe (La Dusseldorf) joins Michael Rother in Japan as his special guest on drums. (created:
Michael Rother solo concert on Madeira
On August 30th 2013 Michael Rother will come to the island of Madeira for a solo concert at Estalagem Ponta do Sol and present the music of his bands NEU! and Harmonia as well as selected solo works for the first time ever in Portugal. (created:
Michael Rother with Neutronics on MS Dockville Kunstcamp on August 08th 2013
As participants of the art festival section "Kunstcamp" at the MS Dockville Festival in Hamburg, Germany, Michael Rother, Camera and Tobec will celebrate a special performanceconcertparty under the moniker "Neutronics" on August 08th 2013. (created:
Michael Rother joins jam at Telepathic Bubblebath on July 27th 2013 in Berlin
On July 27th 2013 Michael Rother will join other musicians for a unique jam called "Telepathic Bubblebath" at Else (Arts & Entertainment - Dance Club), An den Treptowers 10, in Berlin, Germany. Among the participating musicians are FM Einheit and Air Liquide. Tickets: Resident Advisor. (created:
Michael Rother confirmed for ATP´s "End Of An Era" (Part 2) festival weekend
From November 29th to December 01st 2013 All Tomorrow´s Parties will hold their last holiday camp festival weekend at Camber Sands, UK. "End Of An Era" (Part 2) is curated by ATP and Loop. Michael Rother will perform the music of NEU!, Harmonia and selected solo works. Tickets are on sale now. For information on the participating artists and more news please see ATP´s official website. More news will follow soon.
Live appearances in spring 2013 / Update March 29th 2013
Michael Rother will do a few European dates in Spring 2013 with his current live project "Michael Rother presents the Music of NEU! and Hamonia plus selected solo works". The Berlin-based band "Camera" will accompany Rother as his Special Guests:
Whos That Man - A Tribute To Conny Plank / 4 disc box set coming on Groenland Records
Groenland Records will release a 4 disc box set on February 11th 2013. "Who´s That Man - A Tribute To Conny Plank" features career highlights of the legendary producer who died 25 years ago and whose creativity contributed to many albums of NEU!, Cluster, Harmonia, Kraftwerk, Michael Rother, La Duesseldorf and numerous other artists and bands of the 70s and 80s. The box set includes original tracks by NEU!, Michael Rother and La Duesseldorf as well as remixes by Eye, Walls and Justus Koehncke and also previously unreleased material.
Michael Rother at Roadburn 2013 Afterburner music festival
On April 21st 2013 Michael Rother will play at the Roadburn 2013 Afterburner Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands. The three members of the Berlin-based band Camera (Michael Drummer, Timm Brockmann, Franz Bargmann) will accompany Michael Rother at Roadburn where he will present the music of his bands NEU! and Harmonia as well as selected tracks from his solo-catalogue.
World premiere of film "Houston" with music by Michael Rother at Sundance Film Festival
On January 22nd 2013, the film "Houston" by German director Bastian Günther which features new music by Michael Rother will see its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City (Utah, USA). The main actors of the film are Ulrich Tukur ("John Rabe", "The White Ribbon", "Rommel") and Garret Dillahunt ("No Country For Old Men"). More information: Sundance Film Festival and Film "Houston" on Facebook.
Michael Rother concert at ATP Festival in Camber Sands, UK, December 8th 2012 / update
On December 8th Michael Rother will perform at All Tomorrow?s Parties Festival. This edition of the festival is curated by The National and taking place in Camber Sands, UK, from December 7th-9th 2012. For information on the participating artists please see the official poster and visit ATP?s website.
Michael Rother will present music by his bands NEU! und Harmonia as well as selected solo works and has invited some musicians/friends to accompany him at ATP:
Aaron Mullan (Tall Firs/bass) and the members of the Berlin based band Camera (Michael Drummer/drums, Timm Brockmann/keyboards, Franz Bargmann/guitar).
Michael Rother confirmed for Focus Wales Festival 2013
On April 27th 2013 Michael Rother will perform live at the Focus Wales Festival 2013 in Wrexham, UK. More information coming soon. (created:
Michael Rother jam in Berlin with Camera
The young Berlin based band Camera is celebrating the release of their first album called Radiate! with a party and a concert at Kater Holzig in Berlin on August 09th 2012. Michael Rother will attend the celebrations and join Camera for a jam. (created:
Michael Rother confirmed for On The Sea festival in Spain / EVENT CANCELLED!
On September 08th 2012 Michael Rother will perform at the "On The Sea" festival held in Spain from September 07 - 09 2012. See a trailer. More information coming soon. (created:
Michael Rother concert with Camera at Plissken festival, Athens
On May 12th 2012 Michael Rother will perform together with the Berlin based band
"Camera" at Plissken Festival in Athens, Greece. (created:
IBYM festival in Tokyo, Japan, postponed!
The IBYM festival will now take place later in 2012. More information on ATP website. (created:
Michael Rother concerts in Australia in March 2012 / Update
Michael Rother returns to Australia in March 2012 for a concert at the Adelaide Festival and a short tour. He will present music of NEU!, Harmonia and selected solo works in a world premiere line-up including Dieter Moebius (Cluster, Harmonia) and Hans Lampe (La D?sseldorf) as special guests.
More information soon. For tickets please check the links to the venues. (created:
Video of Michael Rother jamming with Camera
Michael Rother, Camera and Dieter Moebius performed together at HBC in Berlin on October 22nd 2011. The video artist Christian Garcia filmed the event and uploaded a 26 minutes long Clip of their jam. (created:
Happy new Year - and thank you!
A very Happy New Year to all of you and a big Thank You to all the fans who came out to see our Hallogallo 2010 concerts and gave us such a warm welcome and a great time.
It was an amazing experience for me to play with Steve Shelley and Aaron Mullan in so many countries around the world and to find enthusiasm for my music and to see smiles and happy faces everywhere. Thank you so much! Michael Rother, 01 January 2011. (created:
Hallogallo 2010 tour dates for South America
Michael Rother will come to South America for three concerts in November 2010 with his live project Hallogallo 2010 (feat. Steve Shelley/Sonic Youth and Aaron Mullan/Tall Firs).
Nov 21th - Eletronika Festival - P?a da Liberdade - Belo Horizonte - Brazil
Nov 23th - Mostra SESC de Artes - SESC Vila Mariana - Sao Paulo - Brazil
Nov 25th - Studio Samsung - Buenos Aires - Argentina
More news on these concerts will follow shortly. (created:
Hallogallo 2010 live in Berlin
Michael Rother, Steve Shelley and Aaron Mullan perform the track "Negativland" from the first NEU! album at Admiralspalast in Berlin on September 23rd 2010:
Hallogallo 2010 / Michael Rother and Friends perform the music of NEU!
Michael Rother will start performing selected concerts around the world in summer 2010 with his project "Hallogallo 2010". Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) and Aaron Mullan (Tall Firs) will join him. Together they will play music by NEU! as well as some tracks by Harmonia and from Michael Rother?s solo albums.
Michael Rother and Friends Perform the Music of NEU!
with Steve Shelley and Aaron Mullan
The legendary German group NEU! released only 3 albums between 1972 and 1975, but these albums had an influence wildly disproportionate to their modest commercial success; praised by and influential to David Bowie, Hawkwind, Iggy Pop, DEVO, Sonic Youth, Stereolab, Autechre, Radiohead, U2, Wilco, Primal Scream, and beyond. In May 2010 Gronland Records will release a box including these three LP’s and an incredible batch of bonus material. Also this year will be the first live presentation of this music in more than 35 years.
Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger first came to the public’s attention shredding Hendrix-toned riffs and pounding monotonous, tom-heavy beats in a particularly psychedelic 1971 version of Kraftwerk. The pair left after 6 months to form NEU! and took with them their tandem musical language that would go on to have a far-reaching influence. Dinger’s propulsive beat is often cited as the quintessential motorik drumming, while Rother’s guitar playing made something new from a variety of influences: The timbres were of rock music, but the melodic sense was something else- the scales were bittersweet and very European, accompanied by a Middle-Eastern style open-string drone. The trio of Rother, Dinger, and producer Conny Plank created a cohesive universe where straightforward tones and melodies intermarried with heavily processed elements, where reality could turn itself inside-out or stretch out seemingly forever.
Rother and Dinger parted ways after the third NEU! album. Rother concentrated on his collaboration with Cluster (Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius) as Harmonia, and starting in 1977, released a series of solo records. Dinger began a new project called La Dusseldorf. The pair regrouped in 1985/86 but were never able to complete another album to their mutual satisfaction. In 2008 Klaus Dinger passed away. Regarding the NEU! box set, Rother says: It was my aim to present Klaus Dinger?s musical strengths and visions just as much as my own ideas. All during the emotional process of reworking our album Klaus was on my mind and I contemplated what he would think about my decisions. I was very relieved and moved to hear from his heir Miki Yui that she was pleased with the result presented with the album NEU!?86."
Inspired by revisiting these recordings, Rother has invited two musicians to visit the NEU! universe with him for a series of live performances: Steve Shelley and Aaron Mullan will perform a limited number of concerts this year as ‘Hallogallo 2010’. This group will perform NEU! music and selections from Rother’s work with Harmonia and his solo albums.
Steve Shelley is best known for drumming in Sonic Youth since 1985. He has also recorded or performed with The Fugs, Allen Ginsberg, Arto Lindsay, Loren Mazacane Connors, The High Confessions, Christina Rosenvinge, Richard Hell, Giant Sand, the Matt Zivich Trio, Ron Asheton, Townes Van Zandt, Cat Power, The Raincoats, Brigitte Fontaine, Robert Quine, Enrique Morente and many others.
Aaron Mullan is ? the guitars of Tall Firs. He has collaborated with Chris Corsano and The Matt Zivich Trio, amongst others.
4 LP NEU! Box Set Released May 2010 / neu2010.com / michaelrother.de (created:
Loud And Quiet, UK, interview by Edgar Smith with Michael Rother. Online version published July 05 2010, printed issue May 2010.
WFMU, "Primavera Sound Recap": Review of the concert by "Hallogallo 2010" (Rother/Shelley/Mullan) at Primavera Sound in Barcelona. Posted on June 29, 2010.
Dazed&Confused, issue June 2010, "Michael Rother", Text by Tim Burrows.
SPIEGEL Online International: "I Wanted to Be Carried on a Wave Like a Surfer", Interview by Christoph Dallach with Michael Rother, published 08 June 2010
UNCUT Magazine (UK, June): review by John Mulvey of the NEU! vinyl box set
MOJO (UK, June): review of the NEU! vinyl box set
Q Magazine (UK, June): review of the NEU! vinyl box set
FUZZ (Sweden, May): artcile by Michael Dee about the NEU! vinyl box set, including an interview by the author with Michael Rother.
Rolling Stone Online
(Germany, 29 April 2010): "Der Beat darf nicht verloren gehen" - Feature by Joachim Hentschel and video interview with Michael Rother
VISIONS (Germany, Mai): Feature by Sascha Krueger on the history of NEU! with excerpts from an interview with Michael Rother
Rolling Stone (Germany, Mai): Feature on NEU! review of the NEU! vinyl box set
MOJO (UK, Mai): "I Hear A NEU! WORLD", Article on NEU! and Michael Rother?s live project "Hallogallo 2010"
DJ Magazine (UK, Mai): "Krautrock", feature by Claire Hughes with excerpts from an interview with Michael Rother
GROOVE (Germany, Mai/Juni): "Endlose Gerade" - on the NEU! vinyl box set
The Quietus, "From Neu! To Kraftwerk: Football, Motorik And The Pulse Of Modernity" by John Duran, published January 6th, 2010.
TAZ. "Gr?nland schreibt noch keine schwarzen Zahlen". Feature (in German) by Benjamin Weber on Gr?nland, Herbert Gr?nemeyer?s small record label that has released albums of Michael Rother?s group projects NEU!, Harmonia and Harmonia & Eno ?76. Published on 17 Dec 2009.
Style And The Family Tunes, issue 4/4 2009: "Krautrock - Kraftwerk, NEU!, Harmonia - Die Vorgeschichte eines aktuellen Nachlebens". Feature in German and English by Sami Khatib on Michael Rother?s projects und collaborations of the 70s including an interview by the author with Michael Rother und photos from his studio in Forst.
Ink19, "Michael Rother - Harmonia Convergence". Feature on the album "Tracks and Traces" by Harmonia & Eno ?76 plus a long interview by Matthew Moyer with Michael Rother. Published in December 2009.
MOJO Magazine (UK). "Tracks and Traces" by Harmonia & Brian Eno ?76 was selected by Andrew Male for MOJO?s list of "Reissues Of The Year" 2009.
SOUNDS (Germany), "Der Pionier im Spielzeugland", feature on Michael Rother?s music and his projects NEU! and Harmonia (in German) by Chris Wiesner with quotes from an interview. Published on 06 November 2009 in edition No. VII of the magazine "Sounds by Rolling Stone".
The Quietus, "Kosmische Polymath Michael Rother: Neu! Harmonia, Eno, Bowie & Making Peace With Dinger", long interview by Dr. Rock with Michael Rother. Published on 03rd November 2009.
dB Magazine (Australien). Written by Patrick Lang. Article about Michael Rother and the compilation "Brand NEU!" and featuring excerpts from an interview by the author with Michael Rother. Published in dB Magazine, Australia, # 471 of 14th July 2009.
The Quietus. Ben Hewitt writes about the new album "Three Fact Fader" by the Engineers. For their track "Clean Coloured Wire" the British band used a sample of Harmonia?s track "Watussi" from the album "Musik von Harmonia".
Exclaim.ca. Brock Thiessen writes about the rerelease of the album "Tracks and Traces" from the 1976 collaboration of Harmonia with Brian Eno which will be out in September 2009 on Groenland Records.
1LIVE. Article (in German) by Frank Karch about the compilation "Brand NEU!" with excerpts from his interview with Michael Rother.
The Dwarf.com.au. Review of the compilation "Brand NEU!" by Nat Salvo, 26 June 2009.
"The In Kraut", an article on NEU!, written by Nathaniel Cramp with excerpts taken from an interview by the author with Michael Rother and published in NME (New Musical Express U.K., issue of 29 May 2009).
"Auch Oasis ehren NEU! - die Paten aus Deutschland". The article written by Markus Wesselmann (in German) on the compilation "Brand NEU! was published in Der Tagesspiegel on 24 May 2009 and features quotes from an recent interview by the author with Michael Rother.
"Hofknicks vor den Krautrock-K?nigen", an article (in German) on NEU! and the compilation "Brand NEU!", written by Christoph Dallach and published on 15 May 2009 in SPIEGEL Online.
Q Magazine (UK), issue June 2009: "How To Buy: Krautrock". Article and recommendations by Richard Harris.
"Musical tribute to krautrock band NEU!"
, an article by Richard Clayton published on 10 May 2009 in Times Online on behalf of the release of the compilation "Brand NEU!" and featuring excerpts from an interview with Michael Rother. Some of the musicians who feel inspired by NEU! and who have contributed tracks to the album explain their views on NEU!.
The Independent, review on the compilation "Brand NEU!" of 02 May 2009 by Andy Gill.
"Kraut Of This World", published in AU Magazine, Northern Ireland, (issue #56, June 2009) and written by Chris Jones. The article on Krautrock features excerpts from a new interview with Michael Rother. Musicians and bands who feel influenced by NEU! (i.e. Faris Badwan/The Horrors, David Holmes, Benjamin Power/Fuck Buttons and David Best/Fujiya & Miyagi) give comments on the question why the experimental music from Germany of the early 70s still inspires them today.
Michael Rother talks about his projects NEU! and Harmonia in an interview conducted by Michael Kucyk for the first issue of
Mountain Fold Music Magazine, Australia, published in April 2009 and featuring new photos of Michael Rother by Stefan Marx. More information at TwoThousand.
"Krautrock". An eight page long feature on NEU!, Harmonia and other experimental German bands of the early 70s. Written by John Doran and published in Record Collector in February 2009. The article also features parts of an interview by the author with Michael Rother.
Selected reviews on ATP Australia and on Harmonia?s concerts of January 2009 in down under: DiS (Drowned in Sound), by Rebecca Pellman on ATP Australia Rave Magazine, by Andrew Tuttle on Harmonia?s concert in Brisbane Rhythms, by Brian Wise on ATP Mt Buller Gee muses, by Mike Gee on ATP Australia.
For links to more articles and interviews in German on the Michael Rother website please see here. (created:
NEU! merchandise and more on www.neu2010.com
On the NEU! website www.neu2010.com detailed information on the new vinyl box set as well as tracks by NEU! have been made available. In a shop area run by Groenland Records fans can buy NEU! music and official NEU! merchandising articles, like t-shirts, bags and other selected items. (created:
NEU! vinyl box set released in Europe on 10 May 2010 and on 27 July in the US
A NEU! vinyl box set will be released in a limited edition on Groenland Records in Europe on 10 May 2010. The release in the USA is now scheduled for 27 July. The cd version of the new album NEU! ?86 will be released on 16 August 2010. For more information as well as Michael Rother?s and Miki Yui?s (Klaus Dinger?s heir) comments on the project please see Groenland?s press text further below:
Limited edition NEU! Vinyl Box - Released May 2010 on Groenland Records
Catalogue # LPGRONV - Barcode: 5065001040481
- 4 vinyl LPs & 1 vinyl maxi-single
- Original studio albums NEU!, NEU! 2, NEU! '75 and the for the first time, an official release of NEU! '86
- NEU! '72 (previously unreleased live maxi-single 18 minutes!)
- 36-page picturebook & NEU! stencil
- Free download code for all albums via www.neu2010.com (coming soon!)
- Free NEU! t-shirt (one of three designs)
Gronland are very proud to announce the forthcoming release of this Limited edition NEU! vinyl box set. The NEU! "Vinyl Box" is a complete retrospective of one of the most influential German bands of the seventies. In addition to the three original NEU! studio albums the package contains two additional vinyls, appearing for the first time officially. The album NEU! `86 contains never before released material, revised by Michael Rother as well as the most recent studio recordings of both musicians. "NEU! '72 non-public test" is a stunning and previously unheard live recording of the band in Dusseldorf.
Also included is a thirty-six page book with text about the history and the workings of NEU!, illustrated with previously unpublished photographs by Anton Corbijn and Peter Lindbergh, , and a code to allow the buyer to download the digital version of all the albums on the website www.neu2010.com (coming soon!). A free NEU! T-shirt (one of three different designs) and a stencil of the NEU! logo finish off this bumper release.
Klaus Dinger's and Michael Rother's music has left its mark on generations of musicians and international influences - bands like Sonic Youth, U2, Radiohead and Primal Scream amongst many others, all owe a creative debt to NEU!, not to mention their impact on the electronic music of the last twenty years.
Michael Rother, February 2010.
"I am very happy to know that with the NEU! vinyl box set our fans will for the first time have the opportunity to hear the whole bandwidth of NEU!. My partner Klaus Dinger sadly passed away in 2008 but he has been in our minds all during the work on this box set and his visual ideas for NEU! were our inspiration.
Apart from the three "classic“ NEU! albums of the 70s the box features - as a new release - our fourth studio album called NEU! ?86 and a 12“ maxi single with over 17 exciting minutes which I edited from a very lo-fi and rough recordings from a 1972 rehearsal and which will appeal to the hardcore fans. A vinyl album sized 36-pages picture book with very interesting texts i.e. by Stephen Iliffe and comments about our music as well as photos and materials that until now have never been made available to the public provide the fan with new insights. Anton Corbijn, Peter Lindbergh and other photographers have contributed exclusive photos of NEU! spanning the years 1972 until 2000 and these are complemented by photos and other documents stemming from our personal archives.
Conny Plank?s amazing contributions as engineer and co-producer of the first three NEU! albums are also highlighted in the picture book. His son Stephan Plank provided us with additional photos. We thankfully remember Conny and remind the fans of the unique qualities of this sound magician.
Most of all I?m thrilled about the release of the album NEU! ?86 which Klaus Dinger and I originally recorded in 1985/86, but left unfinished back then and which led to some unfortunate problems between Klaus and myself in the 90s. I now completely reworked the album from original multitrack and master tapes, and unearthed a few yet unknown tracks which are essential for a full understanding of what Klaus and I focussed on for NEU! in the mid 80s. It was my aim to present Klaus Dinger?s musical strengths and visions just as much as my own ideas. The best musical result was to be my only guideline, not the ego. All during the emotional process of reworking our album Klaus was on my mind and I contemplated what he would think about my decisions. I was very relieved and moved to hear from his heir, Miki Yui, who contributed many valuable ideas to the making of the box set, that she was pleased with the result presented with the album NEU! ?86."
Miki Yui, February 2010.
"It was always Klaus? aim to make NEU! (new) music available for the new generations. It?s been a long and winding road for NEU!, therefore it is so precious and we are happy to present this special NEU! Vinyl Box set. The absence of Klaus is enormous, but we’ve tried to keep the original NEU! visual concept for the design, and pushed it forward in a playful way. For the first time NEU! official merchandise will be made, so everyone can enjoy NEU! visually as well. Hope Klaus will like them too! This NEU! Box set will reveal the myth of NEU! and certainly give deeper insight in NEU! music. Along with the release, I will send messages from Klaus Dinger over Internet on our website, www.la-duesseldorf.de. Enjoy! " (created:
Radio + online - interviews and presentation of the album NEU! ?86
07 May 2010, 7-911pm CET: Radio Eins SOUNDCHECK, presentation of the album NEU! ?86 by Andreas Mueller.
12 May 2010, 11pm-01am: Radio Eins "elektro beats", a 2 hour NEU!- Special by Olaf Zimmermann on the occasion of the release of the vinyl box set with Michael Rother as studio guest. The radio show kann be heard as mp3 Stream at www.radioeins.de and after the airing from the elektro beats website under the link "Interviews'.
In the night of 13 to 14 Mai, starting at 0:05am: NDR Info "Nachtclub". Presentation of the album NEU! ?86 and interview with Michael Rother by Angela Gobelin.
The video interview with Michael Rother by Joachim Hentschel for Rolling Stone (in German):
NEU! 12" maxi single / Record Store Day
The NEU! 12" maxi single "Crazy"/"Euphoria", two tracks of the forthcoming album NEU! ?86, will be available in a limited edition only on 17 April 2010, the international Record Store Day. Michael Rother is signing copies of the NEU! maxi single at Rough Trade East in London. More information on the NEU! vinyl box set at Rough Trade East here.
*** Last minute news:
Due to the cancellation of all flights to the UK Michael Rother unfortunately cannot come to London on Record Store Day. (created:
First live appearances of Rother/Shelley/Mullan
Michael Rother, Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) and Aaron Mullan (Tall Firs) will be performing together for the first time at the festivals in
Bad Bonn Kilbi, Switzerland, on May 28 2010, and at Primavera Sound 10, Barcelona, Spain, on May 29 2010.
Some comments (in German) on the festival and the particpation of Rother/Shelley/Mullan:
INTRO (Germany), 78s (Switzerland).
Michael Rother/Steve Shelley/Aaron Mullan trio debut in Europe
Michael Rother first came to the public’s attention shredding Hendrix-toned riffs in a particularly psychedelic 1971 version of Kraftwerk. He and drummer Klaus Dinger left after 6 months to form NEU! and took with them their tandem musical language that would go on to have a far-reaching influence. Dinger’s propulsive beat is often cited as the quintissential motorik drumming, while Rother’s guitar playing made something new from a variety of influences: The timbres were of rock music, but the melodic sense was something else- the scales were bittersweet and very European, accompanied by a Middle-Eastern style open-string drone. NEU! released 3 proper albums between 1972 and 1975, and these albums had an influence disproportionate to their commercial success; easily heard in Low-era Bowie, Hawkwind, Stereolab, Radiohead, and beyond.
In 1973 Rother began a collaboration with Cluster (Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius.) The trio became known as Harmonia, and was referred to by Brian Eno as ‘The world’s most important rock band.” Their influence can be heard from Pere Ubu to Portishead. Starting in 1977, Rother released a series of solo records (many with Jaki Liebezeit of Can on drums) which further explored the ideas of ambience, repitition, and harmony and further blurred the distinction between Electronics and Electric Guitar. In 1998 he and Moebius re-started their collaboration, and Harmonia reunited for concerts from 2007-2009. In 2008 Klaus Dinger passed away. Rother is currently finishing work on a NEU! box set for release in May of 2010.
Steve Shelley is best known for having played drums in Sonic Youth since 1985. The tom-tom trance of ‘Schizophrenia’, the ‘Bull in the Heather’ shuffle, the pounding backbeat of ‘100%’, and the driving near-motorik of ‘Teenage Riot’ and ‘Skip Tracer’: all Shelley. In his 25 years in the band Sonic Youth has made 13 “proper” albums and countless EP’s, side projects, instrumental double LP’s, singles, compilation tracks, live film scores, etc. Steve has also recorded or performed with The Fugs, Allen Ginsberg, Arto Lindsay, Loren Mazacane Connors, The High Confessions, Christina Rosenvinge, Richard Hell, Giant Sand, The Matt Zivich Trio, Ron Asheton, Townes Van Zandt, Cat Power, The Raincoats, Brigitte Fontaine, Robert Quine, Enrique Morente and many others.
Since 1990, Aaron Mullan’s playing driven by drone, timbre, and bittersweet melody has been ? the guitars of Tall Firs. He has also collaborated with Chris Corsano and the Matt Zivich trio, amongst others. He has engineered several albums and hundreds of live shows for Sonic Youth since 2002, and many other records at that band’s studio.
The three musicians gathered for some (so far unreleased) recording sessions in late 2008 which channeled some early 70’s energy. With Rother currently in the NEU! mindset, it seems likely this trio will present some strait-ahead, rush-forward-into-the-sun style jams. As the NEU! song title suggests, this music is F?r Immer.
More information coming soon. (created:
Tracks by NEU! and Michael Rother featured on Krautrock cd compilation
On 18 December 2009 the compilation "Krautrock Masters + Echoes" was released on the label Stereo Deluxe. The compilation comprising two cds features the tracks "Seeland" by NEU! and "Katzenmusik 8" by Michael Rother. (created:
German/French tv station Arte features Krautrock
On October 30th, 2009, at 11.15 pm (CET) the Arte tv magazine Tracks will broadcast a feature on the growing interest in German bands of the 70s like i.e. Michael Rother?s projects NEU! and Harmonia. The feature includes interviews with Michael Rother and the Krautrock fans Fujiya & Miyagi, Tortoise and DJ Riton.
BBC documentary film "Krautrock - The Rebirth Of Germany"
On 23 October 2009 the BBC will broadcast a documentary film on German music of the early 70s: "Krautrock - The Rebirth Of Germany". For the documentary Ben Whalley and his BBC team filmed and interviewed Michael Rother in his studio in Forst by the river Weser. More information coming soon.
See a clip on NEU! with Michael Rother (due to copyright restrictions the clip is only available in the UK, sorry):
Krautrock – The Rebirth Of Germany
Friday 23 October
9.00-10.00pm BBC FOUR
This documentary film examines how a radical generation of Krautrockers rebuilt a new German musical identity out of the cultural ruins of war.
Overlooked in their own country, these bands were grouped under the unsympathetic heading of Krautrock by an inquisitive British music press, when Dad's Army and war jokes were the lingua franca of the times. Nearly all of the bands objected to the term, apart from when it helped to shift records.
Today, Krautrock is one of the coolest influences any band aiming at credibility can drop.
Devotees include The Fall, Franz Ferdinand, Radiohead and Kasabian.
In 1968, the world was in the grip of a youthful revolution, and nowhere were the stakes higher than in Germany. Despite a post-war economic boom, the youth of the country felt that nothing had changed for a generation growing up in the aftermath of war. Power was still in the hands of an older generation and Germany's once magnificent artistic culture lay trashed and looted, much of it sullied by Nazi associations. For young people in cities like Berlin, Dusseldorf, Cologne and Munich, it was time for something new.
Between 1968 and 1977, bands including Neu!, Faust, Can and Kraftwerk looked beyond Anglo-American pop to create some of the most radical and original sounds ever heard in the country. The experiments of Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk and Cluster would give the world its first taste of electronica.
By the late Seventies, some famous English and American ears took notice as David Bowie, Brian Eno and Iggy Pop decamped to Germany in an attempt to tap into the Zeitgeist. Meanwhile, in a studio overlooking the Berlin Wall, Iggy and Bowie would record Low, Heroes and Lust For Life, taking the sound and feel of Krautrock to the bank and to the world at large. (created:
"Brand NEU!" - Tribute Album featuring a track by Michael Rother
On 25 May 2009 Feraltone, the new label of former Gronland Records MD Ren? Renner, will release a compilation called "Brand NEU!". International artists and bands pay tribute to NEU! and thank Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger for inspiration by contributing tracks. For tracklisting, quotes by the participating artists and more information i.e.: The Quietus and Twistedear.
Michael Rother is participating with the track "Neutronics 98 (A Tribute to Conny Plank)" which is his tribute to the legendary sound engineer and co-producer of the three classic NEU! albums.
SPIEGEL Online (in German): "Hofknicks vor den Krautrock-K?nigen", by Christoph Dallach, 15 May 2009.
The Guardian, Music Weekly by Paul MacInnes and Rosie Swash.
NEU! and Harmonia albums in Australia
The three classic NEU! albums and Harmonia?s latest release "Live 1974" will be available in Australia in January 2009 through Inertia. (created:
2008 - Interviews and features on Michael Rother and his projects „Discovering Krautrock – in Germany“. An article on German music from the late 60s and early 70s written by Dave Graham for Reuters. The article features statements by Michael Rother from an interview in Berlin on 21st August 2008. /// Wonderland Magazine, UK, August 2008: "Unsung Hero" by Ben Cobb. An eight-page feature on NEU! paying tribute to Klaus Dinger and featuring an interview with Michael Rother as well as a previously unpublished photo of NEU! from 2000. ///
Read reviews on the Supersonic festival and Harmonia?s concert at 4Talent (by Stuart Fowkes) and DiS / Drowned in Sound (by Mike Diver).
/// A review on the Pitchfork ATP festival, UK, 11th May 2008 (incl. Harmonia?s concert) Echoes and Dust. /// A review of Harmonia?s concert at Ether 08, London, UK, 18th April 2008:
Kitten Painting. /// "Listening in: Michael Rother of Harmonia, NEU! and Kraftwerk podcast": Interview by John Doran, May 15th 2008, for The Quietus. /// „I always wanted to be different“: (Michael Rother), by Matt Bolton, May 9th, 2008, for The Guardian. /// Stop Smiling Magazine: "Michael Rother Redux", by Andy Beta, April 28th, 2008. /// Popboks: "Michael Rother - Kraftwerk, NEU!, Harmonia". Serbian translation of the interview by Christoph Braun for Groove Magazin, April 05th, 2008. /// The Wire
(UK), April 2008. An interview with Michael Rother by Mike Barnes in the series "Invisible Jukebox". The track "Aroma Club B3" from Michael Rother?s album "Remember [The Great Adventure]" can be downloaded at The Wire - Web Exclusive /// Groove (D), March/April 2008: "Der Blues musste gel?scht werden". Interview with Michael Rother by Christoph Braun. /// Plan B
(UK), February 2008: "Kosmische outriders". Feature by Mark Pilkington on Cluster and Harmonia. /// Mojo (UK), February 2008: "Rock die haus". Review by Andrew Perry of the Harmonia concert at the
Worldtronics festival in Berlin. (created:
Klaus Dinger +21.03.2008
Today, on 2nd April 2008 the sad news has been made public: Klaus Dinger died on 21 March 2008. Together with many friends of his music I will remember Klaus for his creativity as an artist and I will think about him with gratitude for his wonderful contributions to our project NEU!. (For more information please see Gronland Records) (created:
Forum closed due to spam
Unfortunately we had to close the Michael Rother forum on this page due to countless spam posts that kept on coming in. For messages and questions concerning Michael Rother?s music , NEU! and Harmonia please visit www.myspace.com/michaelrother. (created:
New articles on Michael Rother, his projects, friends and partners / print & online
Der Tagesspiegel: "Kraut und Mythen"
- article of 29th March 2007 by Markus Hesselmann (in German) about the label Gronland, NEU! and other German musicians/bands - with excerpts from an interview with Michael Rother ***
NME (New Musical Express) UK, an article written by Hamish MacBain about the first NEU! album was published in NME?s section "Classic Albums" on 17th February 2007 (you can also read the article online at www.groenland.com. *** Selected reviews of the Rother & Moebius UK tour of July 2006: Edinburgh Evening News, by Gary Flockhart, 17 July 2006 / Music Discussion, 15 July 2006, by Periurban / Taxi Magazine (UK), 26 July 2006, by Agent K on the concert in Hebden Bridge, UK, of 14 July 2006. *** TimeOut (London/UK) "Krautrock". An article on German music by Chris Parkin published 18th July 2006 and featuring an interview with Michael Rother. ***
The Guardian (UK) "Let?s do the multi-storey car park", 14th July 2006. Article by Dorian Lynskey featuring an interview with Michael Rother. *** Village Voice (New York City/USA) "Weird, What Is That?", 11th April 2006. Article by D. Shawn Bosler on the band Secret Machines, their new album "Ten Silver Drops" and their collaboration with Michael Rother. ***
An interview with Michael Rother of September 2005 has been published in issue #19 (January 2006) of Anthem Magazine, Los Angeles, USA: "Flaming Hearts / How Michael Rother Changed The Face Of Music From A Farmhouse On The Edge Of Time". On the website you can hear "Aroma Club B3", a track of Michael?s latest album "Remember [The Great Adventure]". ***
Read an interview with Michael Rother of September 2005 by Vincent Romain at KINDAMUZIK.NET (in Dutch). ***
VISIONS (09/2005): Read a review written by Michael Rother on the Jimi Hendrix Experiences?s 1967 album "Are You Experienced". *** Remix Mag (08/2004): an article by D. Strauss on Conny Plank (in English). *** Read an interview with John Frusciante in Austin Chronicle: "John Frusciante?s parallel universe". John talks about his views on music and life, the Chili Peppers, his solo albums and his collaboration with Michael Rother. *** Read an article by Neospheres on Conny Plank, his album productions in the 70s and 80s with bands and musicians such as i.e. Kraftwerk, NEU!,Ultravox, Devo, Cluster, Brian Eno, Harmonia and Michael Rother (the article is in French). *** SPIEGEL online (22 August 2004): an article on John Frusciante: "Ich will mich total hingeben" *** Entertainment News (05 August 2004): a review of the Los Angeles concert of Michael Rother/John Frusciante/Josh Klinghoffer (English) *** STERN.de (04.08.2004): an article on the re-issues of Harmonia-, Cluster-, NEU!- and other 70s albums: "Der Krautrock erbl?ht aufs Neue" - with comments by Michael Rother *** Blond Magazin (08/2004): "48 Hours a Day", an article on John Frusciante. Online version: blondmag.de *** (created:
tv documentary on the origins of German rock music now shown on 3SAT
Those of you who have missed the tv documentary "Kraut und Rueben" when it was first shown in February/March 2006 can now see the rerun on 3SAT. Starting on January 01 2007 3SAT will show all six sequels. In the night of 05/06 January at 02:25am CET 3SAT will broadcast Part 6
"Elektrische Impulse" of "Kraut und Rueben - Ueber die Anfaenge deutscher Rockmusik" featuring an interview with Michael Rother and Dieter Moebius filmed at the festival "Nuits Sonores" in Lyon in May 2005. (created:
More Rother & Moebius live dates for summer/autumn 2006
Live appearances by Michael Rother and Dieter Moebius in Italy in August 2006: 05.08., Urbino, Frequenze Disturbate Festival. Other participants: Afterhours, Arab Strap, Cat Power and many more / 09.08., Catanzaro / 11.08., Castelbuono (Palermo) Ypsigrock Festival. *** On 27 August they are performing at the Kultursommerfest in Schloss Bevern in support of the Kulturstiftung des Landkreises Holzminden. *** On 01 September Rother & Moebius will participate at the Avantgarde Festival Schiphorst. Other participants: Legendary Pink Dots, Asmus Tietchens, Faust and others. See also Faust Pages). *** More information on all events will follow shortly. (created:
Rother & Moebius concert in Dortmund
On 11 June 2006 Michael Rother & Dieter Moebius will appear in concert at the FZW in Dortmund. Special guests will open up for them at 9pm. Rother & Moebius will be on stage at 11pm. For more information please visit FZW. (created:
Televison documentary on German music of the 70s
WDR will broadcast a tv documentary in six parts starting on 02 February 2006 at 00.00am CET covering German rock music of the 70s. Part 6 "Elektrische Impulse" of "Kraut und Rueben - ?ber die Anfaenge deutscher Rockmusik" will be shown on 16 March at 00.00am CET (i.e. the night of 16 to 17 March) and features an interview with Michael Rother and Dieter Moebius. (created:
Conny Plank feature on German radio
On 11 February 2006 at 23.05pm the German radio station NDR Info will air the feature "Conny Plank - eine Produzentenlegende" by Ecki Stieg. With music from some of the legendary albums produced and co-produced by Conny Plank in the 70s and 80s as well as with interviews (i.e. with Michael Rother) Ecki Stieg pays respect to the sound engineer and producer who passed away in 1987. The feature will also be available live on the internet. More infos on the portrait will follow shortly. (created:
NEU! music included in Quentin Tarantino?s new film
An excerpt of the NEU! track "Super 16" is heard in the movie "Kill Bill" as well as on the soundtrack. (created:
NEU! in Australia
On 22 April 2002 EMI Music released the three NEU! albums in Australia. (created:
NEU! in Japan
The three NEU! albums were released in Japan on 10 April 2002 on P-Vine Records. (created:
NEU! albums re-released
Since May 28, 2001, the 3 ”classical“ NEU! albums are available on cd and lp in Europe (EMI Electrola) and in the USA (Astralwerks). (created:
NEU!-Albums on Gr?nland
The three "classical" NEU! albums are available on cd and vinyl since May 28, 2001. For more information on NEU! please see the NEU! section on this website or visit Groenland.com (created:
International press on NEU!
Selected interviews with Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother, features on NEU! and reviews on the NEU! albums in the international press are to found in:
KEYS/Germany (May 2004) "Electronic Milestones"
ABC.net/Australia (October 2002)
xpressmag/Australien "Over and Kraut" (2002)
Chronic?art: Le Mag/France (2001)
Junkmedia/USA, Sept. 06, 2001 " An Interview with Michael Rother of Neu!"
Brabants Dagblad/NL "Herontdekking van NEU!"
Wiener Zeitung, Austria (Sept. 2001)
SPIN magazine/USA, September 2001
Boston Phoenix.com/USA, "The Old NEU!: Rediscovering the roots of motorik" (August 2001)
The Guardian/UK, August 11, 2001
Der Tagesanzeiger/CH, 03.08.01
Pitchfork Media/USA, July 25, 2001
Phoenix New Times/USA, July 12, 2001
The Wire/UK, July 2001
Rolling Stone/USA, July 2001
Alternative Press/USA, July 2001
The Washington Post/USA, June 3, 2001
SPIN magazine/USA, June 2001
MOJO magazine/UK, June 2001
Magnet magazine/USA, June 2001 #50
Record Collector/UK, June 2001
NME/UK, June 2, 2001
Entertainment Weekly, June 1, 2001
The Wire/UK, June 2001
Baltimore City Paper, May 30-June 05, 2001
St. Louis Riverfront Times, May 30, 2001
CMJ magazine/USA, May/June 2001
The New York Times/USA, May 6, 2001
UNCUT magazine/UK, May 2001
Selected articles/reviews and interviews concerning
NEU! in the German press:
KulturSPIEGEL/Deutschland, July 2001
Der Tagesspiegel, 19.06.01
Rolling Stone/Deutschland, June 2001
DER SPIEGEL/Deutschland, 2001/25
MusikExpress/Deutschland, May 2001 (created:
Message from Michael Rother
Please note that all the articles mentioned on this website reflect the opinions of their respective authors. The inclusion of these articles here should not be seen as an indication that Michael Rother neccessarily shares the authors? views or confirms the correctness of the informations published in these articles. (created: