MICHAEL KAROLI     29.4.1948 - 17.11.2001


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Alan Freeman
ultimathule-audion@ukonline.co.uk
Leicester, England
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.
Nils Willers
nilswillers@yahoo.com
Berlin, Germany
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
Chris Guttmacher
cribu@earthlink.net
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.
Luis Lattanzi
luigi_lat@yahoo.com
Argentina
We miss a great musician, but he left us his excellent work.
I send my condolences. Thanks Michel, thanks Can!.

Richard Mason
U.K.
The heaviest of all. Condolences to Michael's family & friends.
Heinz Spinler
askme@electromusik.de
Germany
Die guten Sterben immer zu früh!
Danke für alles

Ed Deacon
edeaco@waitrose.com
Totnes, England
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
wouter.van.belle@pandora.be
Belgium
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!

Ian Boyle
igb@simplon.co.uk
Essex, England
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.
Alan Buck
elbuckoworld@hotmail.com
Brighton, UK
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.
Mark Wix
mkw5@pge.com
Davis, California
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)
david.stewart@insolvency.gsi.gov.uk
Blackpool
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.

mario
chiefredeye@aol.com
berlin
ciao michael
hätte dich so gern kennengelernt

Adam Bienkov
Respect to your family and to your memory. You will not be forgotten.
Michael McKinlay
michaelmckinlay@yahoo.com.au
Australia
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 .

jeff
jeffm3456@yahoo.com
new york, usa
thanks for such awesome music. r.i.p...
Michelle Reihel
fleurastasia@davidbowie.com
Los Angeles, United States
paying my respects to an artist
R.I.P. Michael
Earth lacks innovation now that your gone.

Richard Coker
aluwrcx@langate.gsu.edu
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.
Emilio Winschetti
emilio@argusloc.de
Berlin
Du bist durch Deine Musik unsterblich geworden.Alles wird gut.Danke
FLORES SERRAMONDI
BRESCIA/ITALIA
flores@katamail.com
CI MANCHERAI! CIAO
Dave Walker
transdog@hotmail.com
London
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.
Pawe Kubisz
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...
Isrizal
Singapura, Malaya
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
Peri Urban
periurban@clara.co.uk
Scotland
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.
HEN BEVERLY
henskeee@btinternet.com
ABERDEEN
A SAD LOSS TO THE MUSIC WORLD , MAY HE REST IN THE STARS OF THE NIGHT SKY .
Barrie Mills
barrie_mills@hotmail.com
UK
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.
Franco
f_lf@libero.it
Palermo, Italy
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
jorgemarredo@hotmail.com
Badajoz, España
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!!
Tony Penaluna
tony.penaluna@blueyonder.co.uk
Newcastle, UK
A truly original and gifted guitarist who has given tremedous pleasure to many. Another tragic and sad loss. My sincere condolences to his family.
Dmitry Melnik
melnik@chemistry.ohio-state.edu
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!

Dmitry.

stefan leonard korzynietz
leon.ard@web.de
berlin
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...
Gitta Suzuki-Mouret
Hong Kong
gittamouret@hotmail.com
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,
Gitta Suzuki-Mouret

Pierre (Crash Action)
pmd@nirvanet.net
London
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.
Pierre Huet
pmhh@free.fr
Nice, France
Une ligne tiree sur l'Eternite. Merci.
David M. Oates
olwendave@redcat99.freeserve.co.uk
Yorkshire, UK
Greatly missed. Karoli leaves a wonderful legacy of sound and creativity, we are all enriched for that.
Paddy Pulzer
empad@padem.fsnet.co.uk
Muswell Hill
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
slifkinj@yahoo.com
pittsburgh, pa, usa
just very sad. unexpected. condolences to family and friends.
Lars-Michael Sauer
Köln
LarsSauer@t-online.de
Grosse Worte liegen mir nicht: ich bin sehr traurig.
Micke
Avesta, Sweden
potatismoose@hotmail.com, www.mp3.com/potatogod
Best wishes, hope you sitting on a star and playing your beautiful music. I raise my CAN for you! THANKS!
David Ashcroft
Winnipeg, Canada
dashd@mb.sympatico.ca
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.
Vincent
Sheffield, England
vincent5@tinyworld.co.uk
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.
Dave K.
New Jersey, USA
dkuzma@earthlink.net
Shocked by the news. Michael was a unique talent, and will be missed. Much respect, and best wishes to family and friends.
George Doudos
Thessaloniki Greece
d-irene@otenet.gr
My condolences to all family and to all CAN fans around the world.
Francisco Cascales Muñoz
Valencia (Spain)
krautpaco@ono.com
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.
Michael F.P.Huber
Vienna, Austria
mfphuber@vienna.at
Leider sind wir uns nie persönlich begegnet,doch meine Begegnung mit CAN war - SOFORTKONTAKT. Vielen Dank!
Norbert
Cologne, Germany
grassvalley@gmx.de
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.

HIRT Jean-Jacques
CREUTZWALD FRANCE
hirt.jj@wanadoo.fr
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.
Elwyn Hopkins
UK
Elwyn.Hopkins@whippsx.nhs.uk
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.
Geno
Bonn, Deutschland
geno72@web.de
Goodbye, Michael... und danke für so vieles an einzigartiger Musik, vor allem für Tago-Mago.
François Cohen
Montreuil, France
apofco@club-internet.fr
Thank you for your sounds. With sympathy
Tony Scrivener
London, England
STONY903@AOL.COM
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.
darren dunn
Oklahoma City, Okla., USA
darren660@yahoo.com
With deepest sympathies to all family and loved ones.
Colin Spencer
Woking, England
colinfwspencer@hotmail.com
More than Can - he did.

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