Rolf Langebartels
Internetproject Soundbag

update from August 8th, 2002
Udo Lindenberg with the shawm of Erich Honecker Udo Lindenberg and Erich Honecker with the guitar of Udo Lindenberg
Udo Lindenberg and Erich Honecker
Shawm and guitar
In 1983 Udo Lindenberg, a west German rock musician, sang his song 'Sonderzug nach Pankow' to the melody of Louis Armstrong's 'Chatanooga Choo Choo'. Lindenberg had many fans in the GDR and wanted very much to perform there. But the wall hindered him to do so.
Because of that in 1987 he sent a leather jacket to the Staatsratsvorsitzenden of the GDR and Generalsekretär of the SED Erich Honecker and received a personal thanks letter, that ended with the words: "By the way, because you sometimes refer to my musical past, I send to you a shawm. Have fun with practising it!" During the Nazi-dictatorship Honecker had played a shawm when being a young resistance fighter with the Roter Frontkämpferbund.
In the beginning of September of that year Honecker was on a state visit in the western part of Germany and he met Lindenberg in the town of Wuppertal. At this occasion Lindenberg presented an electrical guitar with the inscription 'guitars instead of guns' to Honecker.
More information at andreadoria. There you can read too the correspondence between Udo Lindenberg and Erich Honecker and hear some interesting sound-files.
SOUNDBAG is an internet project by Rolf Langebartels. A collection of items relating to Sound Art and Audio Art. Contributions are welcome. Please send them to the email address below.
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