Guru Guru

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Guru Guru

From left: Hans Reffert, Peter Kühmstedt, Mani Neumeier, Roland Schaeffer (2007)
Background information
OriginGermany
GenresKrautrock, Experimental rock, Psychedelic rock, Progressive rock
Years active1968–present
Websitewww.guru-guru.com
Members
Mani Neumeier
Hans Reffert
Peter Kühmstedt
Roland Schaeffer
Past members
Uli Trepte
Eddy Naegeli
Jim Kennedy
Ax Genrich
Bruno Schaab
Conny Veit
Hans Hartmann
Houschaeng Nejadepour
Jogi Karpenkiel
Josef Jandrisits
Butze Fischer
Hellmut Hattler
Dieter Bornschlegel
Peter Wolbrandt
Erwin Ditzner
Barbara Lahr
Uli Zuefle
Razem Ruebel
Luigi Archetti
 
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Guru Guru

From left: Hans Reffert, Peter Kühmstedt, Mani Neumeier, Roland Schaeffer (2007)
Background information
OriginGermany
GenresKrautrock, Experimental rock, Psychedelic rock, Progressive rock
Years active1968–present
Websitewww.guru-guru.com
Members
Mani Neumeier
Hans Reffert
Peter Kühmstedt
Roland Schaeffer
Past members
Uli Trepte
Eddy Naegeli
Jim Kennedy
Ax Genrich
Bruno Schaab
Conny Veit
Hans Hartmann
Houschaeng Nejadepour
Jogi Karpenkiel
Josef Jandrisits
Butze Fischer
Hellmut Hattler
Dieter Bornschlegel
Peter Wolbrandt
Erwin Ditzner
Barbara Lahr
Uli Zuefle
Razem Ruebel
Luigi Archetti

Guru Guru is a German Krautrock band formed in 1968 as The Guru Guru Groove by Mani Neumeier (drums), Uli Trepte (bass) and Eddy Naegeli (guitar) later replaced by American Jim Kennedy (guitar). In time for their debut in 1970, Ax Genrich had replaced Kennedy to solidify the classic Guru Guru line up.

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Music

Guru Guru were related to the free jazz music scene both through their work with Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer and through Neumeier, who had already won several jazz prizes. The band was also influenced by rock music, such as Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, The Who, Rolling Stones and early Pink Floyd.

Among the band's friends were Amon Düül, Can and Xhol Caravan, with whom Guru Guru played jam sessions.[citation needed]

Guru Guru, live in 2007

Frontman Mani Neumeier (drummer and singer) has an original style of playing drums, and is known in the European jazz rock-scene. He was also involved in numerous other projects, as Tiere der Nacht, The Psychedelic Monsterjam, Damo Suzuki's Network, Globe Unity Orchestra, Harmonia, Acid Mothers Guru Guru, Voodootrance & Lover 303.

Social environment

Guru Guru's live performances in the late 1960s and early 1970s were politically left-oriented. They organized concerts together with the Socialist German Student Union, read political texts between the songs, and sometime played at the jails. Their shows were extravagant and anarchistic, some of the musicians lived together in a commune in German Odenwald region, experimented with hallucinogens (one of their songs is titled The LSD March/German: Der LSD-Marsch). Mani Neumeier is one of the organizers of the annual Krautrock-Festival Finkenbach.

Publicity

Guru Guru has released over 40 LPs and CDs, and has sold over 500,000 records. The band has played numerous live concerts, appeared in films, radio and television. In 1976 Guru Guru was the first German band to play live on the WDR TV show Rockpalast.

Discography

Mani Neumeier's discography: see Mani Neumeier

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