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If you used to be a punk, you never where!
I wasn’t even twelve years old in 1976 when I heard about this “New Thing” from England called: PUNK ROCK! Something completely new, snotty and revolutionary. A musical and verbal revolution against the Establishment! A punch right in the face of the whining love song era! I was immediately affected…or better said: infected!
It started with The Sex Pistols and The Damned - but when I heard Jean Jacques Burnel’s bass guitar in “Goodbye Toulouse” by The Stranglers I was totally stoked!
Then as now, the music has never lost its power and energy, and I love all these songs like the first day I heard them!
In this book I’m attempting to describe the beginning of the Punk movement in Bremen - a very unpopular and rough German city - especially in the 80s. About the ongoing battles with right-wing Skinheads, and how we had to scrape together every penny just so we could go to as many cool shows as possible. First in Bremen, then other German cities, then in England (the Promised Land of Punk Rock!), and later in California. To me, it’s an ongoing, never-ending adventure. Finally, In 2012, I “landed” in the Bay Area.
In December 2014 I became 50 years old and Punk Rock is still, to this day, the only kind of music that always gives me goose bumps! And this will never change - as with many of the other “infected” - to my last breath!