And Speaking of Scorpions...: Autobiography of Former Scorpions Drummer Herman Ze German Rarebell

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Defying odds longer than that of Arcangues winning the 1993 Breeder's Cup Classic horse race, the Scorpions rose to rock and roll royalty from relative obscurity in Hannover, West Germany during the late 1970's and early 1980's.

Herman Rarebell, aka Herman "Ze German", was part of it all. More than just a drummer, Herman's additional input through his imaginative and inspired songwriting was conceivably the key ingredient and missing component that led to their rise to ...

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Overview

Defying odds longer than that of Arcangues winning the 1993 Breeder's Cup Classic horse race, the Scorpions rose to rock and roll royalty from relative obscurity in Hannover, West Germany during the late 1970's and early 1980's.

Herman Rarebell, aka Herman "Ze German", was part of it all. More than just a drummer, Herman's additional input through his imaginative and inspired songwriting was conceivably the key ingredient and missing component that led to their rise to prominence while most of those in the so-called "know" said they were only kidding themselves.

Dieter Dierks, the long time producer of the Scorpions says:

Herman was an integral part in the development of that which eventually became known as the classic Scorpions sound. Music all starts with the drummer. Not many people realize this. However, if you look at the "success" of the group, or, perhaps more appropriately, the lack thereof, prior to the arrival of Herman "Ze German" as well as that which has eluded them since his departure, I think you can see exactly how pivotal his role was within the band.

However, there is much more here than just the ordinary, self-glorifying chronicle of a man's life. This book is anything but that. Shrewdly concealed within this autobiography is not only what can be considered the quintessential, definitive history of arguably the greatest band of their era, but also a masterful weaving of some of the most entertaining wit, whimsy and sage wisdom ever shared within the covers of a simple book. Sure to be considered a masterpiece by those who have a love of tongue in cheek irony and satire not to mention great storytelling, it raises the bar for such offerings to a decidedly new level. With his endless anecdotes and tales, Herman draws the lines that led to the group's ascension to the Mount Olympus of rock music, while his co-writer, Michael Krikorian, clearly lends his assistance to color them in providing more hues and tones than Crayola ever put in a box of crayons. Together they set a table and serve up a banquet of sarcasm and memories truly fit for a king! (The King of Monaco to be precise.) There are no sacred cherubs spared from the harpoon of a master yarn-spinner as the puns, innuendo and endless wordplay are meant to entertain and lampoon much of the history not only of an incredible band but also of a generation. Though having none of the calories but plenty of the guilt, the frankness and honesty expressed upon each sinfully delicious page will never spoil your appetite but only leave you yearning for more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781463601102
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/25/2011
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 693,182
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Herman Rarebell- Known and loved around the world as one of the original members of the greatest German rock band of all time, the Scorpions, as history shows, he was arguably the catalyst behind the band's string of successful albums in the late 1970's and 1980's. Along with his duties as the drummer for the legendary group during their "heyday", he also authored many of their biggest hits. AOR staples like "Rock You Like A Hurricane", "Make It Real", "Passion Rules the Game", "Bad Boys Running Wild", "Another Piece of Meat", "Dynamite", "He's a Woman... She's a Man" and "Blackout" to name but a few, all have a home on his résumé.
Herman's list of accomplishments beyond the band is also quite extensive. Upon departing in the mid-1990's, he went on to head up Monaco Records, which he co-owned with his good friend, His Highness Prince Albert of Monaco. He is currently still active in music playing with a variety of artists in the studio and on the road as well as producing new material with his own band Herman Ze German and Friends. His latest album is titled Take It As It Comes. (Available on his website www.hermanrarebell.com as well as most online outlets.)

Michael Krikorian- Michael is best known as the head of the Rock and Roll Remembers Foundation (www.rockandrollremembers.org) that was founded to aid those within the rock and roll community who fall on hard times. A long-time writer for various newspapers, magazines and on line outlets like his current column for Examiner.com where he is the San Francisco Rock Music Examiner, he is also known as the creative force behind the hilarious novelty music artist/CD, "Armen, the Armenian Deli Man". He currently has one other book on the market, Tomorrow Will Be Yesterday-The Story of BASH, which is the "true" story of a "fictional" rock and roll band from the 1970's. (The book and accompanying soundtrack music CD are both available on most online outlets.) Krikorianmichael@yahoo.com

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  • Posted December 16, 2011

    Brilliant! Funny beyond words!!!

    I won't spend a lot of time writing here. But simply put, as a college English Professor I can honestly as I've read thousands of books. I've read hundreds of autobiographies... I have to say, this one is incredible! Wordplay beyond belief... Humor, like I've never even begun to thought existed! I'm not kidding. This is the one "Rock-ography" you have to read! Forget all those sex and drug stories. I picked this book up on a lark and... Well, you figure out the rest. The most fun I've ever had reading and that means the classics too!

    Worth every penny and then some!

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