Biography

Rex Joswig (*22 January 1962 in Anklam / East Germany), “The living repetition machine” & “Dubprotector”, has produced wordsounds with Herbst in Peking, Column One, Babylon 23, Badphish and Bert Papenfuß-Gorek.

Joswig moved to East Berlin in the early 80s where he began working as a roadie. He soon met Dr. Totenhöfer with whom he started playing music. In Spring 1987 they gathered a number of musicians around them and formed Herbst in Peking. From the very beginning they experienced problems with the ministry of culture which feared diplomatic complications with China because of the band’s name and controversial political standpoint. Joswig often began concerts with the sentence Today is the day the system collapses - let’s celebrate that day. In July 1989 the band lost its playing licence due to Joswig’s appeal for a minute of silence for the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

In early 1990 Joswig founded the first independent record label of the GDR: Peking Records. From 1991 to 1998 he presented the radio show Grenzpunkt Null which soon enjoyed cult status. Today Joswig lives in East Berlin and works as a freelancer, musician, producer and DJ.


Records (selection)

with Herbst in Peking
To Be H.I.P. (1990)
Terrible Herbst (1993)
Das Jahr Schnee (1996)
Merry X-Mas (1996)
Feuer Wasser & Posaunen (1997)
Les Fleurs du Mal (1999)
German Fool (2004)

with Badphish
The Making Ov Rakija (1996)

with Babylon 23
Die Bibel in Dub (2003)

Other
E-Lusive (1997)


Links

artdisc.org (Rex Joswigs official webpage)
archiv.digitalcraft.org (Herbst in Peking homepage with discography)
Grenzpunkt Null (Archive of the radio cult show)
Radiorevolten auf Radio Corax (Rex Joswig live pictures)

Edited by tanzbein on 5 Jun 2009, 23:38

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