Berlinische Räume – “A Visit To Zensor” / Photographs from the famous record store taken in 1983


Zensor shop at Belziger Straße


Early Zensor concert posters 1979 (with courtesy from the Thomas Pargmann Collection)

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 his european tour.


The store in backroom of the Blue Moon boutique


The Zensor himself

I 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.


Assasin “zero number”

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. (December 2013)



Text: Marcus Kluge


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