Bernd Franco Hoffmann will read on three evenings the first chapters of the 2024 sequel to
Sex, Drugs & Symphonies
The incredible story of Adrian, Riggbert & Theyler
Part 1: The sounds of the titans
"Humorous, pleasantly ironic, but at the same time enlightening. Recommendation.
Sex, Drugs & Symphonies is a fascinating portrait of mores, which gains even more through the interview form. You don't actually read this book, you literally hear the musicians talking.
Sex, Drugs & Symphonies is an absolute stroke of genius.
Rolf Weber (The Paralyzed Man and the Sick Sisters)
Preliminary blurb from Part 2:
German progressive rock band Adrian, Riggbert & Theyler (ART) is the undisputed most successful rock band in the world with the "Uropya" world tour and 40 million Uropya albums sold in 1975. Behind the facade of world success, however, differences grow. The band comes under increasing public fire after Wolfgang Adrian's rampage at the final concert in Chicago. Under pressure from label boss Lord Essex, Michael Riggbert and Stefan Theyler travel to Hollywood to compile the concerts of the "Uropya" tour into a feature film, which is to be released in cinemas before Christmas 1975.
Again and again, the musicians get into absurd and dangerous situations that seriously endanger the project. And Wolfgang Adrian has still disappeared without a trace. The situation continues to escalate until the premiere of the Uropya film, which is broadcast worldwide, ends with a bang that shakes the entire Western world.
During their odyssey through the music and contemporary history of the 1970s, the three musicians this time encounter Led Zeppelin, Fritz Lang, Hugh Hefner, Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin and Greta Garbo, among others.
Bernd Franco Hoffmann has worked as a journalist for the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, the Kölner StadtRevue and the TAZ, and as a quiz writer for WDR, RTL and Kabel eins.
For the music magazines EB/METRONOME, MUSIK-WOCHE and ECLIPSED, he has written about Grobschnitt, Beach Boys, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, among others. He also wrote book articles about Blood, Sweat & Tears, Santana and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
Bernd Franco Hoffmann also wrote numerous books for various publishers in the field of sports, regional and traffic history, which were reported on WDR, ZDF and RBB. As a musician and singer, he played synthesizer and sampler with the electro bands Sektor and Cromosome a, according to music journalist Matthias Lang, "music for non-existent discotheques". With both bands he released several vinyl albums, CDs as well as video clips and performed at documenta 8.