their longrecords - handled with high prices by freaks - are now getable on cd´s.
Something about the history of W&W you can see on this sites and all will be completed in the time.
legendary german folkrock-duo more or less invented the cosmic-folk genre.
They started busking in the streets together in the mid-sixties. In 1967 Bernd
Witthuser became the manager of the 'Podium'
folk club in Essen. His greatest achievement as a manager was as the
financial manager of the 'Internationale Essener Songtage', in Autumn
1968. Walter Westrupp
was from 1965 to 1968 the leader of Night Reveller Skiffle Group. He
learnt to play bassoon and trumpet in a bassoon ensemble, did his first
recordings with a choir and played in a baroque ensemble. Lieder
von Vampiren, Nonnen und Toten (1970) was
in fact issued as a Witthuser solo- album, although Westrupp participated
on all the recordings. It was the third release on Ohr,
one of those that had a balloon attached to a cut-in on the front
cover. Trips und Traume
(1971) was their second album, an enormous development on the first one
musically. To describe music of the German equivalent to the Incredible
String Band one often used the phrase 'cosmic-folk'. The album had
outstanding tracks like "Orienta" and the all-time 'weed' anthem
"Nimm Einen Joint, Mein Freund". Der
Jesuspilz (1972) was a strange concept
album, tending toward a more progressive-folk direction, with more
instrumental work. Bauer Plath
(1972) featured guests from Wallenstein and was more varied in nature,
perhaps the Witthuser & Westrupp album that was closest to
conventional progressive rock. Something seemed to
break the cosmic due's relationship and in 1973 they went their separate
A retrospective double
live set, compiled from different concerts
from 1968 to 1973
appeared on Kosmische Musik as their last offering.
Westrupp later went on to record with Baier-Westrupp and his Skiffle&Jug-Band Walter h.c. Meier Pumpe , meanwhile Witthuser started a career as street-musician in Italy within the duo Otto & Bärnelli. In 2003 he started a solo career playing the old W&W-songs.
In 2004-2005 Walter
Westrupp produced the
DVD Als wäre es
gestern erst gewesen.
Since 2000 Walter Westrupp is writing in an never finished multimedia online-book "68er nach Noten" in which he tells the story of W&W and about the time between 1967-1973. He recalls Hippies, Slobs, Krautrock, the International Essen Songdays 68, the Fehmarn-festival 1970 on hand from stories, photos, films, soundfiles, lyrics - and a lot more: if your are interested look here (but sorry: it´s only on german)