Pankow (German band)


Pankow (2011)
Ingo York, Jürgen Ehle, Kulle Dziuk, André Herzberg, Stefan Dohanetz
(from left to right)
Background information
Origin Berlin, Germany
Years active 1981-present
Members Jürgen Ehle (1981-)
André Herzberg (1981-)
Stefan Dohanetz (1985-)
Kulle Dziuk (1996-)
Past members Jäcki Reznicek
Frank Hille
Ingo York
4-11-2011 Schwedt Theater, LTR Jürgen Ehle, Kulle Dziuk, André Herzberg, Ingo York, Stefan Dohanetz
3-12-2011, Neubrandenburg
4-11-2011, Schwedt Theater

Pankow are a German rock band, founded in East Berlin in 1981.[1] Their name came from the Berlin district of Pankow, which was once home to most of the officials of the East German government.[1] The band's original lineup consisted of Jürgen Ehle, André Herzberg, Rainer Kirchmann, Jäcki Reznicek and Frank Hille.[2] Other members were Stefan Dohanetz, Ingo York and Jens Jensen.[3]

As their lyrics often contained criticism of the East German regime, they frequently encountered problems releasing their music. "Like many writers, they were among the established sizes of aesthetic subversion", the journalist Christoph Dieckmann wrote in an 1999 article published in Rolling Stone.[4]

With the fall of the Iron Curtain and the associated open access to media outside Germany Pankow also moved briefly into the focus of the Anglo-American journalism. The U.S. American historian Timothy W. Ryback, known for his 1990 published book Rock around the bloc: a history of rock music in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union characterized Pankow as one of two most prestigious and most professional groups of East Berlin's rock music scene, "originally showed the influence of the Rolling Stones, but has developed into a dynamic band that combines the energy of the Clash with the innovation of the Talking Heads'.[5]

In the song "Langeweile" ("Boredom"), the criticism was expressed in the words "Seen the same country too long, heard the same language too often, waited too long, hoped too much, bowed down to the old men too often".[3] The song "Paule Panke" was banned by the state-run Amiga record label, while "Langeweile" was banned from radio airplay; however, the band performed both at every concert.[3]

Pankow has occasionally been compared with the Rolling Stones [4][6][7][8] and have implemented many musical styles and theatrical projects in their history.

On 3 November 2011 Pankow opened its tour to the 30-year stage anniversary.[9]








  1. 1 2 Patrick Wildermann (2009-02-26). "Auferstehung mit Rock'n'Roll". Der Tagesspiegel. Retrieved 2010-10-14.
  2. "Pankow Biography". Sony Music. Retrieved 2011-11-19.
  3. 1 2 3 Gerd Dehnel (2009-01-21). "Langeweile &nash; Soundtrack des Aufruhrs". Märkische Allgemeine. Retrieved 2010-10-14.
  4. 1 2 Christoph Dieckmann: Nun machs gut, Inge Pawelczik, du Wilde! Die „Stones des Ostens“ treten nun ab. In: Rolling Stone. ISSN 1612-9563 (1999), Issue 2, P. 14
  5. W. Ryback, Timothy (1990-03-18). "Where the East Bloc Rocks". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-12-28.
  6. Michael Rauhut: Rock in der DDR. Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Bonn 2002, ISBN 3-89331-459-8, S. 103
  7. Rainer Bratfisch: Aufruhr in den Augen, In: Die Welt vom 16. Dezember 1996 at the Wayback Machine (archived April 14, 2012)
  8. Alexander Osang: Ein Arrangement, In: Berliner Zeitung vom 21. November 1996 at the Wayback Machine (archived September 1, 2012)
  9. "Interview Jürgen Ehle on Deutsche Mugge". Retrieved 2012-01-27.
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