East German Rock


For 30 years the East German government banned western music, but it was easily heard from West Berlin radio.  In the early 80s, rock was recognized and bands approved by the Komitte fur Unterhaltungkunst ( Committee for Entertaining ) were allowed to perform.By the early 1970s, experimental West German rock styles had crossed the border into East Germany and influenced the creation of an East German rock movement referred to as Ostrock.


DT64 was a youth oriented radio program started in 1964.


On the other side of the Wall, these bands tended to be stylistically more conservative than in the West, to have more reserved engineering, and often to include more classical and traditional structures (such as those developed by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht in their 1920s Berlin theater songs). These groups often featured poetic lyrics loaded with indirect double-meanings and deeply philosophical challenges to the status quo. As such, they were a style of Krautrock. The best-known of these bands were:


The Puhdys' 1974 debut album

The Puhdys-formed in 1969 and allowed to tour in West Germany-their name comes from the first letters in the members names


 Puhdys live 1977

 Set-list: 1. Sturmvogel, 2. Lebenszeit, 3. Gedicht ,Rehlein, 4. I Need Your Love Tonight, 5. Steine, 6. Wie ein Pfeil, 7. Reise zum Mittelpunkt der Erde, 8. Wenn ein Mensch lebt, 9.Lied für Generationen, 10. Geh zu ihr, 11. Long Tall Sally/Party/Rock and Roll Music



 The opening titles of Die Legende von Paul und Paula ( The Legend of Paul and Paula 1973) sung by the Puhdhys


The Puhdys' band website




Karat started in 1975. Their 1982 album Der blaue Planet (The Blue Planet) was one of the year's top sellers in both East and West Germany.  Karat's website



 Karat - Der blaue Planet 1981


Tamara Danz (1952-1996) of the rock Band Silly Silly Band's website



 Silly video Bye Bye My Love


Dean Reed 1938-86 an American singer who defected to the East ,moved to East Germany one of the most famous Americans in the Eastern Bloc in the 70s.



 AMERICAN REBEL: The Dean Reed Story

 Dean Reed was an international superstar in much of the world. His records sold millions and his films were the biggest box office hits behind the iron curtain. This film traces his odyssey from Denver to Hollywood, from South America to Helsinki, from Italy to Russia and finally to Berlin. It explores Reed's career as singer, actor, writer, director and political activist. His story is told in his own words, music, film clips, and archives from around the world. Included are interviews with his mother Ruth Anna Brown, his father Cyril Reed, acting coach Paton Price, Hollywood friend Phil Everly, wife Renate Blume and others.This 1985 cult classic was filmed in the USA, Chile, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Russia and the Middle-East. AMERICAN REBEL was completed some six months before Reed's mysterious death in 1986, at the height of the Cold War. Despte his world fame he remains relatively unknown in his homeland, the USA.


 The Red Elvis official website

Dean Reed on Wikipedia



Pankow is an Italian/German electronic band, formed in 1982 and headed by Maurizio Fasolo. In its early days, the songs were in German (eg., "Das Wodkachaos"), with singer Alex Spalck. Like the East German band of the same name, Pankow was named after the Pankow district of Berlin. They split up in 1993, but released the highly complex but unsuccessful CD "Pankow" in 1996, with Gianluca Becuzzi of Limbo as singer of the all-Italian lyrics. As a result of the lack of success of the 1996 release, the band split up again, and reformed in 2003 with original front man Alex Spalck.[They released two new CD's in the 00's, Life is Offensive and Great Minds Against Themselves Conspire. The band is very well respected with fans of electronic music.


Pankow video "Liebe Ulrike





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