Till Lindemann

On Silent Nights

In stillen Nächten

On Silent Nights

Till Lindemann is known mostly as the singer (and lyricist) of the band Rammstein. Less known is that independently of his career as a musician, for over 20 years, he has been writing lyric poems – some of which have been turned into songs, but which nevertheless exist as poems in their own right.

The poems often unfold almost haphazardly, yet are constructed with extreme precision both rhythmically and musically. An inscrutable, irascible and vulnerable “I” enters into an intimate dialogue with the reader. The themes revolve around the abysses of existence, the hunger of desire, the body, pain, passion, the comedy and tragedy of communication, loneliness and violence.

Despite their contemporary tone, the verses call up associations with the lyric poetry of the German Romantic tradition and Expressionism, as well as with that of Gottfried Benn and Bertolt Brecht.

The volume is edited and includes a foreword by Alexander Gorkow and is illustrated with a series of black-and-white drawings by the artist Matthias Matthies.


Poetry

Kiepenheuer&Witsch

ISBN: 978-3-462-04524-6
release: 02. October 2013
160 pages, gebunden mit SU
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About the Author

Till Lindemann was born in 1963 in Leipzig. As a child, he was a competitive swimmer. He trained to become a cabinetmaker and later worked as carpenter, basket weaver and technician. In 1986, he became drummer of a punk band in Schwerin, and in 1994, singer and lyricist for Rammstein. He lives in Berlin.

Alexander Gorkow (ed.) was born in 1966 in Düsseldorf. He’s worked for the Süddeutsche Zeitung since 1993. Since 2009 he has run the SZ’s award-winning section “Page Three”. He was awarded the German Reporter Prize and the Theodor Wolff Prize. He lives in Munich.