It seems unbelievable to us today.

It was June 2, 1988. Joe Cocker gave a concert in Dresden, Germany. That doesn’t sound too unusual, does it? A musician playing a public concert? But it was unusual when you realise that at that time, Germany was still a year away from unification and the Berlin wall was still intact.

Western music was banned in East Germany.

He was the first to give a concert in Dresden (and in East Berlin) and the Dresden venue was the green space named Güntzwiesen. Since that historic concert in 1988, the venue has since been known as Cockerweise. It was made official in 2015, the year after Joe Cocker’s death.



Where is Cockerweise?


Herkulesallee 1,
01219 Dresden,




JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.

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