Alexis Korner

Eddy Muschketat, Wolfgang Michels, Alexis Korner und Jojo Ludwig

Eddy Muschketat, Wolfgang Michels, Alexis Korner, Jojo Ludwig
1970 im Funkhaus des NDR, Hamburg

Mit Alexis Korner, dem "großen Vater des weißen Blues" (1928 - 1984) verband Percewood's Onagram eine lange und tiefe Freundschaft.
Er rief Wolfgang Michels 1969 an, nachdem er dessen Stück "Desert Walker" im BBC-Radio gehört hatte. Es lag auf Platz 2, knapp hinter "Jumping Jack Flash" von den Rolling Stones.
Alexis Korner war von Percewood's Onagrams Musik sehr angetan, er setzte sich vielfach für die Gruppe ein.
Er wollte mit seiner eigenen Band den Percewood's-Onagram-Titel "Sing This Song Together" aufnehmen, leider konnte er sein Vorhaben nicht mehr verwirklichen; Alexis Korner starb 1984 an Lungenkrebs.
Für die erste LP schrieb er den folgenden Cover-Text.

Wolfgang,

This is for you; it is also about you.
Like playing a man his own song.

There is little that I can say about your music because our friendship tends to cloud the issue. In any event, you must say such things yourself. Happily you have done so with this record, a self-revelation which stands as your first public testament. With this you have won our first argument. About two years ago Peter Sahla, a good mutual friend with a good ear, asked me to hear some tapes which you had sent to him. That was a strange sound - fiercely nostalgic - and I remember thinking that the lyrics should have been in German. It had the feel of the late '20's., it had the feel of Isherwood's "Goodbye to Berlin". But what made it strange for me was that it also had a bit of Dylan, a bit of Jagger, a bit of The Band and a lot of you.

I remembered all this when we first met in Bremen about 18 months ago. Thinking back on that meeting I now remember the determination with which you brought up your tape deck to my hotel room, since I did not have one with me. As it happens, you were right; the songs were worth hearing. There and then, I got a special feeling for "Sing this song together". That special feeling remains today. And I remember how earnestly you explained to me why you could not write your songs in German (I'm still not sure about that, though I understand your argument).

So, you have made a good first album in English and I like it. How do you feel, Wolfgang, about this 'frozen moment'? You will probably make several more. You will need all your fanaticism to see you through the next few years for you have just done the first of those things which cannot be undone. You have made a gramophone record and I wish you all the luck. Baby, will you need it!

This music is by you; it is also about you.
Like a man playing his own song.

ALEXIS KORNER