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Klaus Voormann, legendary musician, Beatles-friend, designer of the Beatles’ iconic Revolver album cover and Grammy Award winner, will be launching a new exhibition in Hamburg. To be shown as part of the Reeperbahn Festival, the exhibition will be open to the public from 19 to 23 September 2018 and will be dedicated to Voormann’s substantial creative work, which started in Hamburg in 1958. The exhibition is based on Voormann’s new book, “Klaus Voormann – It started in Hamburg“, which was released on the occasion of his 80th birthday. In the book, the artist provides insights into his remarkable life and works and also reminisces on his time spent with the Beatles.

“It started in Hamburg”: Klaus Voormann, legendary musician, friend of the Beatles, designer of the Beatles’ iconic Revolver album cover and Grammy Award winner, will be launching a new exhibition from 19 to 23 September 2018 at the Reeperbahn Festival Hamburg. The show is dedicated to Voormann’s substantial creative work and pays tribute to the Beatles’ Hamburg years (photo: genisispublicationguildfort) (PRNewsfoto/Hamburg Marketing GmbH)

Hamburgs plays a central role in the life and work of Klaus Voormann: “I was born in Berlin but my heart belongs to Hamburg. As for my musical and graphical career, it all started in Hamburg.”

Amidst the special atmosphere of the Reeperbahn Festival, between concerts, performing art shows and book readings, visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the “Graphic Arts and Stories” from Voormann’s life and works. The exhibition was specifically designed to be put on display in a marquee within the Festival Village.

Klaus Voormann’s relationship with the Beatles dates back to their time in Hamburg in the early 1960s. This is where the Fab Four started their music-career, spending two intermittent years in the city’s music clubs and laying the foundations for their global success story. The Beatles were an integral part of the legendary Hamburg sound of the sixties. Today, many of these live venues continue to provide a home to young and eager bands, making the district of St Pauli the number one hotspot for live-music in continental Europe. At the upcoming Reeperbahn Festival, countless newcomer bands as well as established artists from around the world will be performing live as part of 600 concerts.


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At the German Echo Music Awards in Berlin on Thursday, Klaus Voormann received the lifetime achievement award.

For the eighth consecutive year, the most prestigious award of the evening went to a Universal Music artist: bass player, producer and graphic designer Klaus Voormann, who received the lifetime achievement award. The two-time GRAMMY winner and so called “fifth” Beatle shaped the course of rock and pop music at various moments in time. Voormann played with Manfred Mann, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, John Lennon (e.g. on “Imagine”), and Eric Clapton. He was a founding member of John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band and designed artworks for an array of artists, including The Beatles (Grammy for “Revolver”) and the Bee Gees. He was a part of George Harrison’s “Concert for Bangladesh” and produced records for acts such as Trio (“Da Da Da”) and Marius Müller-Westernhagen.

“The contribution [Voorman] has made to so many seminal projects worldwide and in so many different ways over the past decades is absolutely outstanding,” said Frank Briegmann, President & CEO Central Europe Universal Music and Deutsche Grammophon.

NOTE: Echo prize winners return awards amid controversy
The controversy over the awarding of an Echo, the German music industry’s most important prize, to a rap duo singing anti-Semitic lyrics has continued to grow, with musicians returning their own honors in protest.
Still, the controversy has not cooled as musicians continue to return their own awards in protest.
Klaus Voorman, renowned internationally for the artwork he designed for legendary bands such as the Beatles and the Bee Gees, had received an award for his life’s work at the ceremony. “What had felt like a gift to me on the occasion of my 80th birthday has revealed itself to be a big disappointment,” said the artist who will be turning 80 by the end of April.
“Provocation is allowed and sometimes even necessary in order to provide food for thought.” But, Voormann added in his statement on Monday, the line has to be drawn when it comes to violent, racist, anti-Semitic and sexist declarations.
Following Voormann’s statement, Christian Höppner, President of Germany’s Culture Commission resigned from the music prizes’ seven-member board. In his resignation, he said, that the format of the Echo prizes was “no longer tolerable in our society.” Referring to the music by Kollegah and Farid Bang, he said it was “not for him. I find the text repugnant.” He likewise said he had noticed an escalation in hate, racism and violence in music over the years.


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On the occasion of Klaus Voormann’s 80th birthday there will be a limited deluxe edition of “IT STARTED IN HAMBURG”. We call it the »Life Achievement Edition«. An unlimited standard edition will be also available.

Details & pre-sale will start on april, 10th.