MICHAEL KAROLI 29.4.1948 - 17.11.2001
I always admired his talent, his daring in Can. When I met him at the Damo gig in London a few years back, he said he wasn't well, but was determined to go on. Admirable indeed. A sad loss to music.
Erst heute habe ich aus einer Zeitung erfahren, dass Michael Karoli tot ist. Ich bin sehr traurig darüber und erschüttert, da die Musik von ihm und CAN mich ein Leben lang begleitet und stark beeinflußt hat. Mein tiefes Beileid, Nils Willers, Berlin, 18.12.01
Los Angeles, CA, USA
So very sad to hear about Miki. I was privileged to see him perform live with Damo in San Francisco some years ago, and his playing was a revelation. The passion, the cool fire and the raw yet elegant economy of his guitar work will always be an inspiration to me as a musician, even though I'm not a guitarist, and I know I speak for lots of people out there. Both as an individual and a member of Can, he made art that will live on and on...what an amazing legacy...my condolences to his family and friends.
We miss a great musician, but he left us his excellent work.
I send my condolences. Thanks Michel, thanks Can!.
The heaviest of all. Condolences to Michael's family & friends.
Die guten Sterben immer zu früh!
Danke für alles
I remember the N.M.E running a series of articles on how to play guitar which included a quote from Michael; "Try & play the sound of a herd of cows walking uphill". -Not immediately useful for someone like myself, struggling to master three chords, but very sound advice in its own way! Michael's playing had a simple elegance & expressiveness, way above any other guitarist I ever heard & I am deeply saddened by his untimely death.
Wouter Van Belle
I was honoured to work with Michael for 8 days in his studio in Nice, together with a Belgian punk band 'Belgian Ascociality' It was during those weeks were the sun couldn't reach his house and studio in the Valley. We started each morning with a good grog, just too warm our senses. We ended every day, Michael playing the violin and me improvising on his grand piano. I will remember him as a very sensible man,with a lot of good taste and warmth.
Music was his life, and I learned a lot of him. Thank you Michael!
Finding Tago Mago way back in 71 changed my whole outlook on music. Seeing Can live soon after in Machester was amazing. As a guitar player, Michael was one of the few true originals, and remained spellbinding throughout, as shown on latest visits to London. This is tragic news. My condolences to his friends and family.
One of the world's great guitarists from one of the greatest bands. I was fortunate to have seen Michael playing with Damo at The Garage in London a few years back. He will be sadly missed, but his music will live on. My condolences to his friends and family.
A tragic loss;my condolences to Michael's family and friends.Having seen Can in 1973 and George Harrison in 1974 to have both gifted guitarists depart the planet the same month seems a cruel joke or perplexing riddle.Tschuess,Miki!In closing, a quote from Dostoevsky:"If you were to destroy in mankind the belief in immortality,not only love but every living force maintaining the life of the world would be at once dried up."
Dave Stewart (not that one)
Obviously, as everyone, I'm gutted at Michael's death.
I got into Can in the early seventies - the music is/was timeless and ahead of it's time. I'll never forget the first time I saw Can on TV - I think it was The Old Grey Whistle Test. Michael had the coolest hair - long, straight and dark and nearly down to his waist. I tried to emulate it, but being ginger and curly (and now balding) it didn'nt really happen.
Salvete, Michael and thank you for the music.
hätte dich so gern kennengelernt
Respect to your family and to your memory. You will not be forgotten.
13/12/01 - I was deeply saddened to learn today of Michael Karoli's death and offer my condolances to his family and friends.
I first heard Can when I was 14 (1973) and they remain a deep influence on my own music. My ideas of what we (for lack of a better term) called rock were totally blown away. What wild out there stuff ! That guitar work, never heard anything like it before - or since. Can were largely responsable for me becoming a musician. Michael will always be an inspiration to me.
The world has lost one of its most original musicians .
new york, usa
thanks for such awesome music. r.i.p...
Los Angeles, United States
paying my respects to an artist
Earth lacks innovation now that your gone.
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Michael Karoli was one of my favorite guitarists. I am saddened by his passing. But, unlike many musicians, his work will continue to be enjoyed through the recordings he made. I still get choked up listening to the joyous intensity of his guitar on Mother Sky. The world will miss him.
Du bist durch Deine Musik unsterblich geworden.Alles wird gut.Danke
CI MANCHERAI! CIAO
I first heard the Can's music when I was at school in the early seventies. My friends and I followed their music avidly, owned all their albums and saw them play live every time they came to London. What always impressed me was the interplay between the band members. I will always remember an unruly crowd at the Roundhouse being silenced by Michael with some agrressive guitar work. As with all great bands it's sad when one member dies, you know they'll never be able to play together again. Thank you Michael for all that you did for music.
Wroc aw, Poland
sad info about Michael's death has just struck me. i'd like to express my deepest sorrow... the MUSIC lost the MUSICIAN... show must go on...
Dear Michael-- You probably hit the GOLDEN NOTE that send you straight up to the HEAVENS, while you guitar gently weeps...... I'll miss you-- Isrizal
As our heroes fade the world becomes a darker place. They live on in their families and in our fond memories. Michael will be remembered always.
A SAD LOSS TO THE MUSIC WORLD , MAY HE REST IN THE STARS OF THE NIGHT SKY .
The range of nationalities of the people posting messages here says it all about Can and Michael's importance. You changed music forever and influenced more people than even know it. Danke, Michael, und aud wiedersehen.
Thank you, Michael, for your impressive art and inspiration.
My deepest sympathy to his wife and children, friends, and all the Can family. Sincere condolences.
Jorge Marredo Rosa
No conozco tu obra en solitario, pero soy un gran fan de CAN y acabo de enterarme de tu muerte, solo puedo decirte que si estas en algún sitio especial: adelante y ánimo; y si no pues mi mas sincera condolencia a tu mujer e hijas. ¡¡HASTA SIEMPRE!!
A truly original and gifted guitarist who has given tremedous pleasure to many. Another tragic and sad loss. My sincere condolences to his family.
Columbus, Ohio, USA
I cannot believe it. Just a few minutes ago I was listening to CAN and I believed some things are forever. The news was like a punch in the face. My deepest condolences to Michael's family, his friends, all CAN members.
May the magic of his guitar last forever!
stefan leonard korzynietz
his music entered a sphere far away from the rational and it will last there forever. it will continue to inspire every following generation. he is still here and he will be here forever, his spirit is carried on by the music...
I just received a phone call from Damo with the information of Michaels death, I am shocked. He was too young to die. My thoughts are with his wife and with his children. I knew Michael as a very, very friendly man, generous, kind and always with a big heart to everyone. I have never ever seen him angry. I am sad to know he is gone. My deepest sympathy to all his friends and his family.
Lots of love to all of them from Hong Kong,
Pierre (Crash Action)
So so sad... I first (and last) saw Michael Karoli with the Damo Suzuki Network in London in 1999 and it was fantastic. I got into Can through The FALL in 1986 and what a discovery it turned out to be... Amazing guitarist, like no one else before. A huge loss.
Une ligne tiree sur l'Eternite. Merci.
David M. Oates
Greatly missed. Karoli leaves a wonderful legacy of sound and creativity, we are all enriched for that.
I first started to listen to music,to go out and buy my own records, when I was 14,in 1980.In that post-punk landscape 1976 was year zero anything before that time was old,boring,degenerate,but, one name kept cropping up.Cabaret Voltaire,The Fall,Buzzcocks,Siouxsie and the Banshees,Pil, the list goes on,all of these people kept referring to the band from Germany.I bought Incandesence and 21 years later I'm welling up with tears for a man I only met for the briefest of moments but, whose music has dominated and informed my tastes ever since. thankyou.
josh m. slifkin
pittsburgh, pa, usa
just very sad. unexpected. condolences to family and friends.
Grosse Worte liegen mir nicht: ich bin sehr traurig.
Best wishes, hope you sitting on a star and playing your beautiful music. I raise my CAN for you! THANKS!
In August of 1976 I turned 15 years old. Some of my friends already had drivers licenses and had managed—by that time—to perfect the "may I have the keys to the family car" song & dance. A friend's brother's late model Fury churned "Father Cannot Yell" from a cassette deck we'd been forbidden to so much as look at—I was changed forever. Michael Karoli was a great artist, his art will survive.
Been thinking a lot about Can recently as I'd finally got to see my hero Jaki Leibzeit playing live (with Wobble), and with lovely new techno album from Irmin. The first proper record I bought was Cannibalism, Michael's playing sounds as good and contemporary today as it sounded, modern and futuristic all those years ago. Thanks to Michael for the music, love to his family and friends.
New Jersey, USA
Shocked by the news. Michael was a unique talent, and will be missed. Much respect, and best wishes to family and friends.
My condolences to all family and to all CAN fans around the world.
Francisco Cascales Muñoz
Gracias por todos los buenos momentos que me has dado y que me daras durante el resto de mi vida.Mis condolencias a toda la familia Can.
Leider sind wir uns nie persönlich begegnet,doch meine Begegnung mit CAN war - SOFORTKONTAKT. Vielen Dank!
Having spend hundreds of hours deeply sunken into myself with Michaels music, his death is a tragic loss to me. CAN was the most important influence for my perception of music during the last 20 years and opened my mind while growing up. I saw Michael only once with Sofortkontakt live in Cologne, and I played once on his old amp back in the early eighties and nevertheless I feel like I´ve lost one of my best friends. Learning from his death just by casually surfing Holger´s page, this is the end of a chapter of my life´s book, but his music remains and his memory in the mind of thousands of people. My condolences go out to everybody he was important to. This weekend is a sad one.
J'ai mal.Tout est fini.NON tout n'est pas fini.Mets le feu là où tu te trouves:MOTHER SKY. Tu nous as quittes mais penses à ceux que tu as rendu heureux.
I first heard Can in school and it opened my head to the possibilities. Tago Mago was the first but not the last.Michael's guitar playing blew my mind and I'm still trying to play like him....impossible. The man was a unique talent. My condolences go to his family and friends. R.I.P. and I'll be listening to your music until forever.
Goodbye, Michael... und danke für so vieles an einzigartiger Musik, vor allem für Tago-Mago.
Thank you for your sounds. With sympathy
It's unbelievable Michael has gone. Can have been such an influence and inspiration. Michael, you will be missed. Condolences from us all in London, Thanks again for your music.
Oklahoma City, Okla., USA
With deepest sympathies to all family and loved ones.
More than Can - he did.
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