Hanns Dieter Hüsch sang against the bomb, the sons of gastarbeita for integration, and thousand sang along especially in North-Rhine Westfalia (NRW), the German federal state in the West of the country that is structured by the rivers Rhine and Ruhr. Is it a special mark of those living there that they intrude in political matters? At least, they are aware of what is going on and express loudly when they feel something’s going wrong. Singer/songwriters lend them their voices - Hanns Dieter Hüsch, Hannes Wader, Fasia, Bernd Witthüser, Frank Baier, and many more. Folk bands sang of a different, a better world beyond economic and atomic powers.
„Folk und Liedermacher an Rhein und Ruhr“ follows the steps of these singer/songwriters and folk musicians throughout the history of NRW, the CND marches, the first immigrant workers from Italy and Turkey, the protest against the closing-down of coal mines, from the Essener Songtage 1968 to the big festivals of the 1970s. Two CDs present more than 30 highlights from the singer/songwriters of the 60s to the folk groups of the 70s/80s and the world music groups of today.
Folk und Liedermacher an Rhein und Ruhr
(Musikland NRW, publ. by Landesmusikrat NRW, vol. 3 : edited by Robert von Zahn : Agenda Verlag, Münster 2001 : 304 pp : 150 photos : incl. 2 CDs)
Price: 25 Euro