Detlef Kinsler

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Detlef Kinsler
Detlef Kinsler
Basic information
Birth name: Detlef Kinsler
Birth date: 1955
Origin: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Occupation(s): Journalist, Photographer
Associated acts: The Police, Sting
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Detlef Kinsler photographed and interviewed The Police (members) various times in Germany, from a 1978-05-23 concert with Eberhard Schoener to Sting promoting The Dream Of The Blue Turtles LP.


Born in 1955 in Frankfurt/Main, Detlef Kinsler was a singer in various regional bands like "Frendz" and "Nurse" during and after high school. Through this activity and regular concert visits since the age of 15 he got contacts to national and international musicians, concert promoters, magazines and newspapers.

He studied German, English, theater, film and television, graduating with a master's degree with the thesis „The Literary Claim in Texts of Contemporary German Rock Music" using the example of Berlin based band "Element of Crime".

From 1973 onwards he wrote the regular column „Szene Frankfurt“ in daily newspaper "Frankfurter Rundschau" - about the local music scene. He reviewed concerts and did interviews for a lot of other regional publications.

After a brief interlude at the legendary German "Sounds" magazine he started many years of collaboration with "Musik Express", but also for "Fachblatt", "JAM" and other trade magazines.

Today Detlef is the music editor at Germany’s most important city magazine "Journal Frankfurt" and continues to observe the regional scene - keeping close ties to many musicians.

He was the co-author of the encyclopedia classic „Rock in Deutschland" (Taurus Press), wrote the German music edition of the parlor game "Trivial Pursuit". He's also the author of the biography "Element of Crime" in the series Musik Makers (Hannibal Verlag).

On behalf of the label Motor Music and the band "Element of Crime" he compiled songs for their two anthologies „1985-1990" (the English phase) and „1991-1996" (the German-language songs).

He contributed text and pictures for „Rock Session No. 4“ (Rowohlt) - about Die Straßenjungs, „Rockzitate“ (Sphinx).

Last but not least he also worked for hr1 radio station.

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