All You Need is Klaus
A behind-the-scenes look at the rock and roll world of Klaus Voormann, a 1960s Renaissance man, who lived on the road, in the studios and even in the homes of some of history's greatest musicians. Featuring Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Carly Simon, Van Dyke Parks, and Twiggy, Voormann's incredible tale continues on his recently-released and first-ever solo album "A Sideman's Journey" with tracks from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Jim Keltner, Albert Lee and more.
All You Need is Klaus: Sneak Peek
You may never have heard of him, but you've heard his music. A friend, bandmate and artistic muse to some of the most influential bands of the 1960s, Klaus Voormann is a part of rock 'n' roll history.
Not many individuals stumble into a life of creative genius, but for Klaus Voormann, success and celebrity seemed to be waiting around every corner. At the age of 22, Klaus befriended a band known as the Beatles. As an art student living in Hamburg in the 1960s, Voormann would spend many hours with the band. His hairstyle, his clothing and his artistic vision all influenced the young pop band early in their career. Three years later, as screaming fans lined the streets of London just to catch a glimpse of the Beatles, Voormann became the band's roommate. Art was his passion, but in the musical household in which he lived, the bass guitar was never far from his side. In 1966 he won a Grammy for his album artwork for the Beatles' album "Revolver." The same year he became the bassist for the Manfred Mann Band. For years, Voormann's career alternated between art and music. He designed album art for the Bee Gees and Jimi Hendrix. He played music with Ravi Shankar, Randy Newman, John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band, Carly Simon, Lou Reed and several other musicians. He performed on the same stage as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney. Through the 1980s he spent his time as a music producer for the band Trio, and in the 1990s he returned to drawing and painting. In 2009, to celebrate his 70th birthday, he released his debut solo album, "A Sideman's Journey." The album featured many notable musicians with whom Voormann has worked throughout his life. Today, Voormann lives with family on Lake Stranberg outside of Munich.