Blixa Bargeld – My Life

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Pieces of machines, chainsaws and jackhammers were the instruments, metal pipes and scrap metal served as alternative percussion. The stage of the “Einstürzende-Neubauten” concert looked like a building site. Right in the center their front singer – one of the most dazzling persons in the history of German music: Blixa Bargeld.




43 min


Birgit Herdlitschke


Nobody embodied the awareness of life of the West Berliner punk- and dilettante scence in the early 80s as Blixa Bargeld. Nobody else was so beat-up, so demonic and at the same time so inventive. Even today Blixa Bargeld is known as the head and front singer of “Einstürzende-Neubauten”, although he is a multi-talent and has never restricted himself to being only a musician.

Since the beginning of the 80s Bargeld has worked in all branches of performing arts. In radio plays and movies, theatre productions, concerts, performances and installations. He is singer and actor, director and author, musician, poet and above all: experimenter.

Like he says: „I am everything that is possible and anything in between.“ Blixa Bargeld is an art character. 

We retrace the stations of his three centuries long artistic career and accompany Blixa to the current places of his artistic work. His residences are spread over three continents – San Francisco, Peking and Berlin – the basic for his worldwide operations until nowadays is his native city Berlin.

Birgit Herdlitschke

Ingo Brenner
Patrick Meyer-Clement

Bianka Schulze
Timothy Benton

Carsten „Peewee“ Piefke

Head of Production
Julie Schrader
Daniela Schöne
Maria Wischnewski

Executive Producer 
Christian Beetz

Commissioning Editor
Ann-Christin Hornberger

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In co-production with

  • wdr

Produced by

  • navigator

In association with

  • zdf

In collaboration with

  • arte

Supported by

  • media
  • EU Commission
  • FFA Filmförderungsanstalt
  • DFFF
  • medienboard

Supported by

  • media
  • EED
  • nrw