Former JZE location today, © Jule Körber

EX-Ju­gendzen­trum JZE

Just like Wood­stock, but in Es­sen

Just a few areas of graf­fiti re­main as a re­mind­er that here, on the Pa­pestrasse, was the home of Es­sen?s sub­cul­ture for sev­er­al dec­ades. In 1968, when the beat wave slowly began to ebb, this was the con­spir­a­tion centre for the ?Ger­man Wood­stock?. An il­lus­tri­ous group of cul­tur­al act­iv­ists, in­clud­ing the mu­sic journ­al­ist Rolf-Ul­rich Kais­er, the folk mu­si­cian Bern Wit­thüser, the city youth work­er Horst Stein and the head of the youth centre Bernhard Graf von Schmettow, or­gan­ised the ?In­ter­na­tionale Es­sen­er Songtage?, or ?In­ter­na­tion­al Es­sen Song Days?. These be­came pos­sibly the most im­port­ant mile­stones in the de­vel­op­ment of an in­de­pend­ent Ger­man rock, folk and song cul­ture. They com­bine the in­ter­na­tion­al pro­gress­ive rock mu­sic of Frank Zappa?s Moth­ers of In­ven­tion, who were even on the ad­vis­ory coun­cil for the event, with the new ex­per­i­ment­al rock mu­sic from Ger­many. El­ev­en months be­fore Wood­stock, over 200 acts per­formed in front of an audi­ence of at least 40,000 people. They in­cluded the ex­per­i­ment­al­ists Amon Düül and Tan­ger­ine Dream, Inga Rumpf?s folk-rock City Preach­ers, the agit­a­tion rock­ers Floh de Co­logne, and also the polit­ic­al sing­er-song­writers. However, in Es­sen, in­stead of love and peace, the polit­ic­al de­bate and the role of art in so­ci­ety took centre stage - sub­jects that from then on be­came a fixed ele­ment of pop his­tory in the Ruhr Re­gion. For al­most 50 years, un­til it closed in 2010, the ?JZE? re­mained a vi­tal centre of Es­sen?s sub­cul­ture. This is where punk, met­al and mu­sic ex­per­i­ment­a­tion were de­veloped.

Fur­ther in­form­a­tion
Pa­pestraße 1, 45147 Es­sen

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domicil Dortmund, © Joehawkins


The logo of the Rotunde, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Riff & Ro­tunde

Arena Konzert, © Raimond Spekking

Velt­ins Arena

Djäzz Flyer, © Djäzz


The Die Horst-Schimanski-Gasse, © Jule Körber


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