Marius Muller-Westernhagen: Mint to a Star | NDR.de – Culture – Music

Status: 05/20/2022 00:00

No concessions – that’s what the young Marius Muller-Westernhagen defended. His flat share with Otto Waalkes and Udo Lindenberg is legendary.

by Goetz Steeger

It doesn’t quite match the “zeitgeist” he sings about in his current single – and he probably didn’t mean it at all: Marius Müller-Westernhagen or for short: MMW, the five-decade West German rock ‘n’ roll master.

Westernhagen video shows major disasters today

In the music video for “Zeitgeist,” he walks with growing nervousness and fear into a room projected onto the walls of movie scenes depicting the major disasters of the present: melting glaciers and Fridays for the Future shows; George Floyd was killed by a police officer in the United States in 2020, George Floyd was also killed by a police officer in the United States in 2020, Black Lives Matter, Covid and shortly after also the scenes of the war of aggression in Ukraine.

Sternhagen: I don’t want more concessions

As battered and dumbfounded as the singer may sound in the video, the song itself doesn’t tell us about the end of the world. As usual, they sway in a straightforward manner typical of Marius – the steady sound that fists young and old with ecstasy.

Marius Müller-Westernhagen decides on his own with whom to work, when and where to record, produce and what it all looks like in the end. “I know how things work in the industry today. So I finish my albums, finance them yourself and then show them. And I don’t want any compromise either.”

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Artist sharing an apartment with Otto Waalkes and Udo Lindenberg

No concessions – that was the credo of the young savage Marius, who set out to stir up the Dusseldorf music scene in the mid-1960s. On another pillar, acting, he has already gained experience. He was only 14 years old when he got his first role. Now he took singing lessons and taught himself guitar and founded his first band. “Harakiri Whoom” caused quite a stir, mainly due to the captain of the first team, whose “amazing quality” influenced teams like The Small Faces. The typical Westernhagen singing style was born.

At the beginning of the seventies, he was drawn to Hamburg – where music was played, most record companies were based in Hamburg and there were also better prospects here as an actor. In the flat stake of the legendary “Villa Kunterbunt” artists, Westernhagen met the Hamburg scene that was just taking shape with Otto Waalkes and Udo Lindenberg. You know, what happened here went down in pop history.

“With mint I’m your prince” MMW became a star

During this time, MMW made important contacts in the field of film and television, signing a record deal. It was the golden age of the music industry, and the young talent was under no pressure to hit the ground running with their first release. Westernhagen’s big breakthrough came with their fourth album in 1978: “Mit Pfefferminz bin ich dein Prinz” went through the roof, and is now a poor rock ‘n’ roll star with “amazing qualities” a star.

Westernhagen has also been successful as an actor

The perfect match to the image of a gentle, proletarian rocker was his role as long-distance driver Theo Grumberg in “Theo Against the Rest of the World,” the most successful German film of 1980.

After seven years he decided to end his acting career. As a singer who’s more successful than ever, it’s time for big shows in stadiums. His most famous song “Freiheit” also dates from this period and was actually intended to be a song about the French Revolution, but it fell through the mills of history and involuntarily became an anthem of unity.

Farewell to the big stages at the end of the nineties

At the end of the ’90s, MMW was tired of the big stadium stages, and “the realm of PR”, as he explained at the time, became too much for him. However, smaller venues and fewer VTUs sold in the 2000s couldn’t hurt his artistic status.

On the contrary – Westernhagen anno 2022 can calmly say: “The ambition for great success is completely gone. It is also more than just satisfaction.”

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Westerhagen concert in Hamburg, April 2014 © Mirko Hannemann Photo: Mirko Hannemann

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