17. Berlin, Germany
The edgy, dynamic city of Berlin has its place in rock ‘n’ roll history safely assured.
The former capital of West Germany (now unified) has provided inspiration for a number of bands and artists both native and foreign.
David Bowie and U2 famously decamped to the city to record some of their most acclaimed works. Bowie recorded the ‘Low trilogy’ at the now legendary Hansa studios with producer Brian Eno, and U2 likewise recorded several tracks of 1991′s career rebirth Achtung Baby.
In the early 1970s Lou Reed centred one his most loved solo works on a doomed romance that took place in the once divided city. And Iggy Pop wrote ‘The Passenger’ while in Berlin with Bowie in the early 1970s.
Australian Nick Cave was another to explore the strange decadence of the West German capital in attempt to further his art, and more recently indie icon Stephen Malkmus upped sticks with his family to live in the culturally lively city.
Industrial rock band Einstürzende Neubauten formed in the early 1980s and have won many admirers with their defiantly experimental sound, and their guitarist Blixa Bargeld impressed Nick Cave enough to become a fully paid member of Bad Seeds too.
Several of the influential ‘Krautrock’ bands were born or resided in Berlin, and techno-rock outfit Rammstein likewise.
The city also hosts numerous large rock n’roll and dance festivals, solidifying its place as one of the world’s party capitals.
Associated acts: Einstürzende Neubauten, Rammstein, Ash Ra Tempel, Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Atari Teenage Riot,
Landmarks: Hansa Studios