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High-Fish Commune

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The High-Fish Commune was a commune in Munich formed at the end of the 1960s. The name is a play on words, as Hai-fisch is the German for shark. Two of the founders, Rainer Langhans and Uschi Obermaier had previously lived in Berlin’s Kommune1, and Obermaier had also been a member of Munich’s Amon Düül community. The High-Fish Commune is infamous as probably being the place where Fleetwood Mac guitarist, Peter Green, had a LSD trip which was to disturb him for many years to come.

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Formation

At the end of the sixties, (1968 ?) Rainer Langhans and his partner, Uschi Obermaier, left Berlin and moved to Munich, where they started the High-Fish Commune. In contrast to the spartan conditions of the Kommune 1, the new community was luxurious. The group rented a 17 room house in Schwabing, a fashionable district in the northern part of Munich. They had 7 automobiles, and after a while (early 1970 ?), rented a small, 25 room hunting castle near Landshut, in southern Bavaria.

Life at High Fish

The High Fish Commune fits the cliché picture of a sixties hippie commune, with sex, and drugs, and rock and roll. The rooms were stylish, there were lots of “happenings”, never ending parties, LSD, and free love. Some of the sex in the commune was “staged” and filmed as porno movies. Uschi Obermaier was Germany’s first and best known groupie of the 1960s. Thin and petite but feminine she represented a new type of model and exposed frontal nudity for the first time on a magazine cover. Rainer Langhans and other communards had contacts to the radical left wing student scene, parts of which were developing into small urban guerrilla groups.

Trauma Night in Trauma City

Rainer Langhans mentions in his autobiography that he and Uschi Obermaier met Peter Green and others of Fleetwood Mac in 1970 in Munich, where they invited them to their “High-Fish-Commune”. Here the drinks were laced with LSD, which particularly affected Green. The communards were not really interested in Peter Green. They just wanted to get in contact with the Rolling Stones’ guitarist, Mick Taylor: Langhans and Obermaier wished to organize a “Bavarian Woodstock”. They wanted Jimi Hendrix and “The Rolling Stones” to be the leading acts of their Bavarian open air festival. They needed the “Green God” just to get in contact with “The Rolling Stones” via Mick Taylor.

Links to the “Tupamaros Munich”

At the start of 1970, members of the underground urban guerrilla groups, the Südfront and the Tupamaros Munich, were reported as having threatened to beat up Langhans and kidnap Obermaier if they did not pay out 500 Deutsche Marks. Doubts about the truth of this were quickly expressed, and after police raids on ten Munich communes, it was reported that the police had found that the High-Fish Commune had made a contract to give the Südfront 2,500 Deutsche Marks, but that this was voluntary support. The police claimed that the Munich communes had clear links to the guerrilla groups. That this was true became clear in 1971, when on Friday the 13th April, armed guerrillas (three men and a woman) robbed a bank and got away with 50,000 DM. Two men were quickly caught, the third man and the woman were not caught until June 5th. The woman, Margit Gaier-Czenki, was a member of the High Fish Commune. She spent over four years in prison.

Sources – (All German)

Focus magazine article about communes

Biography of Uschi Obermaier

About Peter Green’s Trip (Rolling Stone forum)

1970 article about the threats to Rainer and Uschi (Die Zeit Online)

Wikipedia about the German Tupamaros Munich

About Margit Gaier-Czenki

Erotic text about sex in High Fish Commune

Photos at Spiegel.de More here:
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See also

German communities in the 60s, 70, and 80s

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