Familyportrait – A Visit To Zensor / Photographs from the famous record store taken in 1983
I met Burkhardt Seiler in school, in 1968, we became friends and had our share in the late 60ties student revolt. Subsequently we were thrown out of school and I lost sight of Burkhardt.
I didn’t meet him again till June 1981, when I spotted him at the Venus Weltklang Festival in the Tempodrom. His formerly long hair was cropped short, it looked like he had done it himself. He was sporting a dark-blue trenchcoat that gave him the looks of a young mormon missionary on a european tour.
The store in backroom of the Blue Moon boutique
visited him at his already famous record store in Belziger Straße, from where he also ran the Zensor Label. In 1982 I became his “student apprentice”, not really beeing a student and neither much of an apprentice to him.
I told him about the fanzine I was planning to issue. He gave me advise and proposed to edit “Assasin” together with me. I realised a collaboration with Burkhardt would mean doing a Zensor fanzine and that wasn’t what I had in mind.
I quit working for him, concentrated on the pilot issue of Assasin and with the helps of Rainer Jacob, Cordula Lippke, Herbert P. and Andreas Balze realised a zero number in late 1982.
When I heard the Zensor was about to close his shop in autumn 1983 I went there with a photographer to make some last shots.
On September 19. 1983 there was a bye-bye-concert for the beloved store at the LOFT organised by Monika Döring. But the legend lived on…
P.S. Some weeks ago, I was playing cards with Cordula. She met Burkhardt recently, told me he’s happy in a relationship and quit drinking.
Text: Marcus Kluge