Archiving of music, © Musikarchiv NRW

Mu­sikarchiv


Once upon a time there was a private col­lec­tion

North Rhine-Westphalia is without doubt one of the most important musical centres in Germany. From classic to the modern age, numerous well-known artists, composers and ensembles from the serious and entertainment music sectors have lived and worked here. The federal state is also home to music industry companies. Training institutions have attracted artists, teachers and students. Studios, publishers and important concert venues have contributed that an incredibly diverse music scene has become established here.

Originating from the private collection of its current head, Matthias Schumacher, the Musikarchiv NRW has now collected over 150,000 individual items. These include the bequests of Günter Noris, Richard Bargel, the Cologne rock legend Zeltinger, and also archive material from the history of the Basement. The archive is a museum and a place for research in equal measure. There are no regular opening hours. However, Matthias Schumacher is always happy to open the door to the archive on request for anyone who is interested.

Further information:
Maarweg 136, 50825 Cologne

www.musikarchiv-nrw.de

An insight into the Musikarchiv, © Musikarchiv NRW

Images and videos

Be inspired: images of your NRW

Nina Hagen live at the Beethovenhalle Bonn (1992), © Musikarchiv NRW
Melissa Etheridgelive at Zeche Bochum (1990s), © Musikarchiv NRW
Mark Alman live at the Zeche Bochum (1990s), © Musikarchiv NRW
Carmel live in the Zeche Bochum (1990s), © Musikarchiv NRW

All Pop-Spots of Co­logne

The entrance of King Georg, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

King Georg

The over­di­men­sioned neon sign in­dic­ates a scruffy dive but leads the way to one of the city's hot­test elec­tro and live clubs.

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The streetview of Parallel Records, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Par­al­lel Re­cords

This is how it's sup­posed to be: Who­ever enters Par­al­lel with dis­tinct ideas, leaves with a tote bag full of find­ings.

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The Tsunami Club with its window front, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Tsunami Club

The "art house cinema among the clubs" is all about concept and sub­stance and less about dress code.

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The streetview of Lukastraße, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Ru­ine

The Ru­ine used to be Co­logne's first loc­a­tion for techno. Still today many il­leg­al raves are be­ing cel­eb­rated - mainly on the right side of the river.

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The streetview of the Loft entrance, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Loft

One of Europe's most sig­ni­fic­ant jazz clubs is a labor­at­ory for ex­cit­ing sounds between new mu­sic, jazz and clas­sic.

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The streetview towards the Sonic Ballroom, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Son­ic Ball­room

The rough Son­ic Ball­room duly gives room to cul­tiv­ated noise.

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Insight into the courtyard of Live Music Hall, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Live Mu­sic Hall

The Live Mu­sic Hall man­ages the bal­an­cing act between pop and met­al- party.

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Entrance gate of Heinz Gaul, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Heinz Gaul

The old ma­sonry with char­ac­ter in "Elec­tro-cul­ture-stile" unites elec­tro and hip-hop sounds in the hot neigh­bor­hood of Ehren­feld since 2012.

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The Underground before it was torn down, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

EX-Un­der­ground

There was a time when low rent and aban­doned in­dus­tri­al build­ings drew the at­ten­tion to wild minds who flour­ished this cul­tur­al bi­otope.

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The Helios light house in Cologne, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

He­lios Leucht­turm

Ehren­feld is all about the 44 meter high tower, even though there is noth­ing go­ing on in this in­dus­tri­al monu­ment.

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The view of CBE from the street, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Club Bahnhof Ehren­feld

Con­certs, parties, flea mar­kets, po­etry slams, ex­hib­i­tions or re­cord ex­changes. It's al­ways worth check­ing the pro­gram.

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The Stadtgarten ("City garden"), © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Stadtgarten/Stu­dio 672

With more than 400 events is the Stadtgarten one of the most vi­brant cul­tur­al spaces in Co­logne and the nuc­le­us of the c/o Pop.

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The streetview of the (former) Basement, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

EX-Base­ment

This base­ment-club is where the cru­cial en­counter between Wolfgang Nie­deck­en and Klaus "Ma­jor" Heuser took place. The out­come: BAP.

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The house wall of Kompakt, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Kom­pakt

Kom­pakt - as a la­bel, book­ing agency and re­cord store - is the epi­tome of the "Sound of Co­logne".

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Front of Hallmackenreuther, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Hall­mack­en­reuth­er

While cur­rently closed, the Hall­mack­en­reuth­er used to provide for the per­fect in­tro in­to a long night.

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Urban art at Brüsseler Platz, © Timo Klein

Brus­sels Square

Party strong­hold and meet­ing point of the Bo­hème: All around the Brus­sels Square is where the "Sound of Co­logne" emerged in the be­gin­ning of the 1990s.

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The entrance to Six Pack, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Six Pack

Co­logne's biggest fridge: Long nights with hand­some bar­tenders, elec­tron­ic mu­sic and a light green wood­ruff schnaps called Flimm.

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The neon light of Roxy, © Ole Löding

Roxy

Lots of vinyl, un­usu­ally good sounds and the uto­pia of a class­less so­ci­ety.

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Busy Hohenzollernring, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

The Rings

In the midst of roar­ing en­gines, stu­dent clubs, part-time celebrit­ies and memor­ies of the city's first techno club.

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The so called Bermuda triangle at Schaafenstraße, © Andreas Möltgen

Schaafen­straße

This is where the party mood of the LGB­TQ- com­munity col­lides with the "Köl­ner" pleas­ure in singing, dan­cing and sway­ing.

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The Luxor in Cologne., © Copyright für "Luxor"

Luxor

Le­gend has it that Joe Cock­er got re­jec­ted at the door, Whit­ney Hou­s­ton turned up in­cog­nito and the Pogues re­quired 20 crates of beer back­stage.

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