Agitation Free

Agitation Free


Agitation Free was a German experimental krautrock band. The band was formed in 1967 with Michael “Fame” Günther (bass), Lutz “Lüül” Ulbrich (guitar), Lutz Ludwig Kramer (guitar) and Christopher Franke (drums). They were initially called Agitation, a name they chose at random from a dictionary. The name later changed to Agitation Free as a the result of a panel before a free show played in the early 1970’s where it was written “Agitation Free” (meaning “free concert”). The other reason for the band to change their name was that another band with the same name already existed.

After losing guitarist Axel Genrich to Guru Guru in 1970 and drummer Christopher Franke to Tangerine Dream in 1971, the band recruited Jörg “Joshi” Schwenke (guitar), Burghard Rausch (drums), and Michael Hoenig (keyboards). They released their debut album, Malesch in 1972 on the Music Factory label. The album was inspired by their tour through Egypt, Greece, and Cyprus, sponsored by the German Goethe Institute. Later that year, they performed at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

A second album was released in 1973, but the band disbanded in 1974. Agitation Free reunited in 1998 and released River Of Return in 1999.

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