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Lost in Music : Read & Cover #3

In the organizer's words:

Atomic Café presents:

LOST IN MUSIC: Read & Cover

Event with readings, live music & DJ party

Where? LIVE.EVIL (Fat Cat/Gasteig, Rosenheimer Str. 5, 81667 Munich)

When? Thu. 6.6.24, 20:30 (admission 20.00)



  • John Niven (author)
  • Maria Hafner (musician, author, actress)
  • Nicola Bardola (journalist and author)
  • Shahrzad Osterer (journalist, presenter)

Live music:

  • Lener


  • King Brownie
  • Thomas Bohnet

This event is sponsored by the Cultural Department of the City of Munich

The performers:

John Niven was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, and studied English Literature in Glasgow. He graduated with honors in 1991 and worked in the music business for the next 10 years before devoting himself entirely to writing in 2002. His first book, Music from Big Pink, was published in early 2006 to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. With Kill your Friends, John Niven landed his first international bestseller, which was also made into a movie. Eight more novels followed, including such bestsellers as Coma, God forbid and The Fuck-it List. His memoir O Brother was published in 2024. John Niven lives in Buckinghamshire, near London.

Maria Hafner, who grew up in Straubing, has lived in Munich for many years as a freelance musician and actress. There she works for the Residenztheater, Volkstheater, Metropoltheater, Kammerspiele and Bayerischer Rundfunk, among others. With her own music projects (HafnerBurgmayr, Parkdeck 6, Maria Hafner & Theresa Loibl) she is stylistically confident between DaDa poetry, electronic music and blues. She can also be seen in film and television productions such as Zwei Herren im Anzug, Die letzte Sau and the Nockherberg-Singspiel.

Nicola Bardola, born in Zurich in 1959. He has worked as an editor, library editor and publishing editor and as an author, journalist and translator. Literary critic for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, among others, and permanent contributor to the Börsenblatt für den Deutschen Buchhandel and BuchMarkt. As an author, he has published highly acclaimed biographies on Freddie Mercury, Yoko Ono, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and Sportfreunde Stiller, among others.

Shahrzad Eden Osterer grew up in Tehran, now lives in Munich and works as a journalist for Bayerischer Rundfunk (Zündfunk) and other broadcasters as well as a presenter. She has made a name for herself worldwide, particularly on the topics of Iran, anti-Semitism and women's rights.

Drug Stop is the name of the new band led by Markus "Don Marco" Naegele, who has returned to English lyrics after Fuck Yeah and Don Marco & die kleine Freiheit. Drug Stop spice up their 90s indie slacker rock with herbaceous, psychedelic ingredients, which sometimes touches on free-jazz territory with wild brass interludes (trumpet/sexophone). You could also call it post-punk. Otherwise, the five-piece band from Munich focuses entirely on the song, which, once in the ear, develops into a catchy tune. True to the motto: if you can't whistle the melody, it's not a song.

Lener originally comes from a classical music background, completed her A-levels on the guitar and grew up in a musical family. After making music for many years with her sister Sophie under the duo name Sweetlemon, she launched her solo project Lener at the beginning of 2022. The classical guitar can hardly be heard anymore, but the jazzy influence remains. Today, Lener is primarily known for her deep voice with a hint of I Don't Care and catchy lo-fi indie pop songwriting with psychedelic undertones.

King Brownie comes from Osnabrück, where he influenced a whole generation musically as a DJ in Hyde Park and supported the likes of Die Ärzte, Stray Cats, Hanoi Rocks, Bo Diddley and the Undertones. He managed Lüde & the Astros for many years and works as a record salesman.

Thomas Bohnet has been active as a DJ since 1984. The Munich-based concert promoter and music journalist has worked or is working for media such as Musikexpress, Spex, taz, Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Zurich weekly WoZ, the Swiss music magazine Loop and Swiss radio SRF3 and formerly DRS 3 ("Sounds"). As a DJ, he has specialized in French and Francophone music for 24 years. His party series TOUR DE FRANCE is the oldest "French disco" in Germany.

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