DEFA Film Library
at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Cinema of East Germany
GDR ROCK EXTRAS
Designer Jan Lengert Remembers
Hiltrud Schulz of the DEFA Film Library found out who designed the poster for the 1988 Springsteen concert and got in touch with him. At that time, Jan Lengert worked as a freelance designer for Marcus Machio Production, a company with close contacts to the State Committee for Entertainment Arts. This company was asked by FDJ headquarters to design the poster for the Springsteen concert, and Jan got the job. Springsteen’s manager had not provided any pictures or materials to be used for a poster, but somehow the company found an image. Jan came up with several designs and one was chosen. Just two or three days before the concert, Jan delivered the final design directly to the Berlin FDJ headquarters. The poster was printed and Jan still owns a copy. But he never saw the poster displayed anywhere and thinks it was not used because Springsteen’s manager complained about the fact that the poster included the line “Nicaragua in Our Hearts.” On the concert tickets it said: “Concert for Nicaragua - 5th Rock Summer in Berlin – FDJ Berlin presents.” About the concert, Jan said: “I came late and found a place far away from the stage. The sound and acoustics were very disappointing.”
– From a phone conversation and email exchange
with Jan Lengert, 2/18/10 and 2/24/10.
– Use of the poster, courtesy of Jan Lengert.
To see what Jan Lengert is designing these days, go to: www.zenongraphic.de
Schulze, Herbert. Am Abend jener Tage: Rock und Pop in der DDR. Berlin: Verlag Neues Leben, 2008
Lindner, Bernd. DDR Rock und Pop. Köln: Komet Verlag GmbH, 2008
Ryback, Timothy W. Rock Around the Bloc: A History of Rock Music in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, 1954-1988. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.
Galenza, Ronald and Heinz Havemeier, eds. Wir wollen immer artig sein: Punk, New Wave,
HipHop, Independent-Szene in der DDR 1980 – 1990. Berlin: Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf Verlag, 1999.
Other DEFA Film Library Films that Feature East German Music
Changing Skins, 1997, Dir. Andreas Dresen. Featured: Klaus-Renft Combo
Counter Images, 1983-1989, 10 short films by 10 directors. Featured: punk, heavy metal
Hot Summer, 1968, Dir. Joachim Hasler. Featured: Chris Doerk & Frank Schöbel
Latest from the Da-Da-R, 1990, Dir. Jörg Foth. Featured: Steffen Mensching & Hans-Eckardt Wenzel
The Legend of Paul and Paula, 1972, Dir: Heiner Carow. Featured: the Puhdys
Born in the G.D.R.
(Lyrics: Kai-Uwe Kohlschmidt, 1988; performed by Sandow)
* One of the main figures in the Springsteen concert was Katarina Witt, the Eastern German Olympic figure-skating champion. The audience booed her when she opened the concert.
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