Unlock the secrets of German in some of Rammstein's best known songs. Discover hidden meanings, rhyming translations and a few basics of the German language. A must have book for English speaking fans of the German band Rammstein.
Jackie White graduated in German from the University of Exeter in 1983. This was the start of a twenty-seven year journey that was to end with the writing of a book on one of the most controversial hard rock bands to emerge from Germany in the 1990s: Rammstein.
Jackie had a successful stint in the Royal Air Force that included interpreting for NATO, before working as a Training Consultant in the motor industry. She's now Chief Exec of CPC Venues in London EC1. In recent years she found that she was using her German less and less, yet longed for a project to keep involved with the language.
An unlikely viewing of her teenage son's MTV chart list included the band Rammstein that sang in German, had sold millions of albums around the world, yet no-one in the UK had ever heard of. Their English speaking fans were relying on poor literal translations of lyrics to understand what the songs meant. Jackie explains, "I found Lindemann's lyrics interesting, and wanted to share their original rhyme with a wider audience. I wrote a book that explained about German history & language and translated key songs, so fans would not miss out."