Lyrics and “where to buy” links.Rio Reiser (1950-1996), was a German rock musician and the singer of the rock group Ton Steine Scherben. He was born in Berlin and died at 46 from a circulatory collapse at his home, where he was buried on his own property under an apple tree. His grave was later moved to Berlin as his heirs sold the property. Ton Steine Scherben were pioneers in German music culture. Their style has been described as rock with a “renegade stance, which would later be dubbed punk”. Their lyrics were at the beginning anti-capitalist and anarchist. They didn’t think the socialism of the Soviet Union was anywhere near real socialism, and had connections to the 70′s & 80′s squatter scene in Berlin and the German Red Army Faction before they turned to violent crime and murder. Later Ton Steine Scherben toned down on political issues and explored more personal themes like freedom, love, and drugs. All their albums were self-published; revenues were slim and the band was often expected by other leftists to give free “solidarity concerts” at political events, both of which contributed to the band’s perpetually poor financial situation and its eventual dissolution.