Factfile: Singer of Ton Steine Scherben

Artist: Rio Reiser
Band: Ton Steine Scherben
Music: Folk rock, blues, German rock
Home town: Berlin, Germany
Members: Rio Reiser (guitar), R.P.S. Lanrue and Kai Sichtermann (bass) and Wolfgang Seidel (drums)
Albums: Warum geht es mir so dreckig (1971), Keine Macht für Niemand (1972), Wenn die Nacht am tiefsten (1974), IV (1980), Auswahl I (1981), Scherben (1983), In Berlin (1984), Live I (1985)

In the 1970's, the famous German band Ton Steine Scherben provided the springboard for a very successful singer and songwriter - Rio Reiser. All through his life, he was politically active and also engaged in the squatter scene in Berlin. After the band split up in 1985, he wrote and performed most of his songs entirely by himself and critics say that he changed the stereotype image of German folk music to music that was "simply for the people". The band Ton Steine Scherben is today considered to have been one of the first genuine German-language rock bands ever.

His music inspires German bands to this day, and two of his most successful songs have recently been covered by the bands Freundeskreis and Echt.

Did you know ...

... that German hip hop band covered Rio Reiser's hit Halt Dich an Deiner Liebe fest? Check it out: