Drummer for the greatest German rock band of all time, the Scorpions, Herman Rarebell will be in San Francisco next month signing copies of his autobiography “And Speaking of Scorpions.”
Rarebell not only drummed for the band, but he also wrote a number of their greatest hits, including Rock You Like A Hurricane, Passion Rules the Game, Dynamite, Another Piece of Meat, and Make It Real, among others. In 1982, he released his first solo album, Nip in the Bud , which was subsequently re-released as Herman ze German and Friends, which also became the name of his current band. He co-created and co-owned Monaco Records with his good friend, none other than Prince Albert of Monaco himself. In 2006, Rarebell reunited with the Scorpions for the Wacken Open Air Festival. “And Speaking of Scorpions,” written with the help of contributor and San Francisco Rock Music Examiner Michael Krikorian, was released this August.
Book Signing Event
10/29/11 6:00 PM
One Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA.
From the Publisher
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.
Sources: Amazon’s page for Herman Rarebell’s “And Speaking of Scorpions”