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Schwabing Affairs
Delicate Tunes From Swinging Munich Movies Of The 1960s and 70s


release date, Germany: 7th of june 2004

The success of our compilation St. Pauli Affairs, which showed the broad spectrum of the Kiez-Beats, is now followed by the musical reflexion of this German movie phenomenon:

In the mid-60s one of Munich’s districts becomes the focus of attention: Schwabing - as the centre of life and as a location for movies in which hippies, loafers, beatniks and artists or simply people who know how to make the best of life, are to play the leading role. Life is different between Siegestor (arc of triumph) and Münchner Freiheit (always crowded crossing in Schwabing) to the life people live in the rest of town or even the rest of the Federal Republic. The English garden is abuzz with hippies, the fashionable bars on Leopoldstreet are a meeting-point for artists, musicians and actors. Munich holds a position in Europe, which is only comparable to the one of London and Amsterdam. Film-makers from all over Germany move to Munich and emphasize through their young matters and fresh ideas, how exiting and at the same time relaxed life is in Schwabing.

Young composers from abroad are called to come over and they put on authentic scores. David Llywelyn, founding member of Supertramp, creates psychedelic sounds with the later stars in a band called The Joint. Until now the present recordings were believed to have gone missing. Johnny Harris who scores for mainstream movies in Hollywood today has started his career in Munich with swinging Groove-Jazz for a comedy with Uschi Glas and Harald Leipnitz. A German Band who skilfully combines different styles of music, as for instance beat and pop, was Improved Sound Ltd., discovered by the director Michael Verhoeven. And established composers such as Martin Böttcher and Peter Thomas, who provides the space-funk music as a background to murder of a hippie in the police-inspector series Der Kommissar - Der Papierblumenmörder, are equally versatile.