Happy 90th Birthday, Günther Kieser !

Happy 90th Birthday, Günther Kieser !

Günther Kieser was born in 1930 in Kronberg, near Frankfurt. Trained at the Werkkunstschule in Offenbach, Kieser began his career as a free-lance artist in 1949 and founded a studio with Hans Michel in 1952. The two artists worked on projects for the German Mail Service and the Hesse radio network and started creating posters for Lippmann & Rau, founders of the first German Jazz concert agencies. Over the next decade, Kieser and Michel would design posters for the concerts by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, and John Coltrane.

When his partnership with Michel ended in 1962, Kieser continued to work primarily for Lippmann & Rau, producing posters that would become fixtures in the music scene. His posters were displayed in concert halls, bars and on billboards. The artist is perhaps most famous for his 1969 Jimi Hendrix Experience poster which became a symbol for a new generation.

Kieser joined the Deutscher Werkbund (German Work Federation) in 1956 and became a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) in 1964. In 1981, he became a professor for Visual Communication at the Bergische Universität in Wuppertal, a position he held until 1992. Kieser has won numerous international awards, his work has been exhibited worldwide and his posters are part of every important museum collection..

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History Today: David Bowie born in 1947

History Today: David Bowie born in 1947

The English singer, songwriter and actor David Robert Jones (professionally known as David Bowie) would have turned 73 years today. Bowie died of liver cancer in January 2016, two days after the release of his final album.

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History Today: First U.S. presidential election

History Today: First U.S. presidential election

On this day in 1789, America’s first presidential election is held. Voters cast ballots to choose state electors; only white men who owned property were allowed to vote. As expected, George Washington won the election and was sworn into office on April 30, 1789.

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History Today: Joan of Arc born in 1412

History Today: Joan of Arc born in 1412

Today (supposedly) marks the 608th birthday of the French national heroine and Catholic saint, Joan of Arc (the Maid of Orleans). The peasant girl born in the east of France was said to have acted under divine guidance when she led the French army to victory over the English during the Hundred Years’ War. Many quick victories made her famous. In 1430 soldiers of Burgundy captured her and gave her to her English enemies who tried her for heresy and burned her at the stake (1412-1431).

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Today in History: Oscar Peterson dies in 2007

Today in History: Oscar Peterson dies in 2007

12 years ago today, Oscar Emmanuel Peterson passed away. Peterson was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer. He released over 200 recordings, won eight Grammys and numerous other awards and honors. He is considered one of the greatest jazz pianists of his time and enjoyed a career lasting more than 60 years. Source: Wikipedia.org.

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Today in History: Beethoven born in 1770

Today in History: Beethoven born in 1770

The famous German composer and pianist was born 249 years ago today in Bonn, Germany, at the time still part of the Holy Roman Empire. Ludwig van Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age. At the age of 21, he moved to Vienna, where he began studying composition with Joseph Haydn and gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. He lived in Vienna until his death in 1827. By his late 20s his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost completely deaf. In 1811 he gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose; many of his most admired works come from these last 15 years of his life. Source: wikipedia.org

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Today in History: Siemens born in 1816

Today in History: Siemens born in 1816

German inventor, industrialist and founder of the electrical and telecommunications company Siemens was born on this day, 203 years ago.

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