03/05/2006: The legendary concert organiser Fritz Rau presents his autobiography in the Rock Museum and presses his hands into the cement at a height of 180 m.
Fritz Rau is the biggest, most important concert organiser in Germany. He has brought jazz players and many great bands to Germany, including the Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson. The 75-year-old has now presented his memoirs: "50 Jahre Backstage". And he is being included in the Munich Olympic Walk of Stars.
The location is just right. In the world's highest rock museum, Fritz Rau was welcomed to the Olympic Tower by around 100 invited guests. Olympic Park boss Wilfrid Spronk gave the speech of honour, and the grand seigneur of the rock industry then placed his hands in the cement. The highest honour, in the truest sense of the word – no-one has yet been immortalised at 180 metres.
After the ceremony, Fritz Rau read from his memoirs for about 90 minutes on the stage of the Rock Museum. In humorous, entertaining, yet thoughtful terms, he talked about his youth in the Third Reich, his beginnings in Cave 54, the jazz cellar in Heidelberg, through to his career as an internationally successful concert promoter. His anecdotes about his meetings with world stars such as Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan are particularly interesting.