Between love and anger

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Zwischen Liebe und Zorn is a song by the Klaus Renft Combo, released on record in 1972. The song was composed by Peter “Cäsar” Gläser. The lyrics were written by Gerulf Pannach


The Klaus Renft combo (later also: Renft) had recruited Pannach as a lyricist in the late 1960s. In the early 1970s, the cultural policy of the GDR was comparatively tolerant after the appointment of Honecker as SED Secretary General. Pannach wrote several texts critical of the authorities during this period. The title was produced by Amiga. It was released in 1972 as the B-side of a single and as the second track on the fourth hallo record. The track is not included on the first long-playing record of the Klaus Renft Combo, which was released in 1973. Pannach & Kunert played the song around 1977 after their departure from the GDR with guitar and piano accompaniment. After the reunification the song appeared on numerous compilations and live albums of the Klaus Renft Combo


At the time of recording, the Klaus Renft Combo consisted of Peter Gläser (vocals, guitar), Klaus Renft (bass), Thomas Schoppe (vocals, guitar), Pjotr Kschentz (guitar, flute, saxophone), Christian Kunert (keyboard), Gerulf Pannach and Jochen Hohl (drums). The singer was Thomas Schoppe, who still sings the song at concerts today

Between Love and Anger lasts 4 minutes and 35 seconds in its original version.[1] The rock song is composed in a minor key. Each of four uniform lines is followed by a guitar riff with flute accompaniment. After the second riff the chorus is sung much higher and more intense. Another verse is followed by a longer solo of electric guitar and organ, the chorus again, another verse as at the beginning and a short flute solo. The end is formed by two repeated verses and the short coda

The high vocal part in the chorus was inspired by Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin.[2]

The text refers to the theory and practice of revolution or socialism. Almost blatantly, the (local) rulers are accused of only talking about revolution, but not practicing it. The spirit of the Paris Commune of 1871 is presented as exemplary

“Revolution is tomorrow already in today, is no bed or throne for the ass of satisfied people.”

Gerulf Pannach: Between Love and Anger.[3]

Editions (selection)


  • 1972: Caesar’s Blues / Between Love and Anger (Amiga)


  • 1972: Between love and anger on hello no. 4 (Amiga)


In 2009, the exhibition “Of Love and Anger. Being Young in the Dictatorship” was conceived as a travelling exhibition. The first presentation of the exhibition took place in the Thuringian Parliament in Erfurt.[4] Since then, it has been on display in various German cities and has had 150,000 visitors (as of September 2013). Christian Kunert performed at the 2013 exhibition in Nordhausen.[5]


  • Klaus Renft: Between love and anger. Autobiography. Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 1997, ISBN 3-89602-135-4.

Web links

Individual references

  1. Renft album Das Erbe, same version
  2. Interview with Thomas Schoppe at, retrieved on 17 March 2013
  3. Between love and anger – legends never die.In: 19 March 2004, retrieved 9 February 2019.
  4. Website of Liebe und, retrieved on 30 September 2013
  5. Event notice(Memento of 2 October 2013 in the Internet Archive), retrieved 30 September 2013