Lippegaus studied German, musicology and philosophy at the universities of Bonn and Cologne . After he made his debut at the age of 17 with a jazz show about Miles Davis on Südwestfunk, he produced jazz and rock shows for WDR.
He is the author of a biography about John Coltrane , reports not only on jazz but also on chanson , rock music , folk and musical border areas, with a special interest in the connections between music and literature ( Samuel Beckett , James Baldwin , Saul Bellow , Rolf Dieter Brinkmann, Alejo Carpentier, Julio Cortázar, Jack Kerouac , Dylan Thomas ), film ( Stanley Kubrick , Federico Fellini , Vincente Minnelli , Pier Paolo Pasolini , Jean-Luc Godard ) and photography (Roy de Carava, Guy Le Querrec , Hyou Vielz , William Claxton ).
Border Music , broadcast weekly on WDR 5 from 1995 to 2005, was devoted to new fields between jazz, avant rock and world music. Terry Riley , Annette Peacock , Robert Wyatt , Hans Reichel , Savina Yannatou , Evan Parker , Michael Riessler , Amélia Muge , Pascal Comelade , Gavin Bryars , Franz Koglmann , Rabih Abou-Khalil and others appeared in the series 'Musicians as DJ' . In addition to his radio activities, Lippegaus was jazz editor of the music magazine Fono Forum . At Deutschlandfunk he produces portraits for the weekly program JazzFacts.
In 1995 he received the Franco-German Journalism Prize for the two-hour feature about migrants in the suburbs of Marseille and Paris Rap, Rai, Ramadhan - Arab and Western culture in Marseille and Paris . Lippegaus also worked as a translator , for example for the biography Michel Petrucciani - Life Against Time and for Amazing Grace , the film by Sydney Pollack about Aretha Franklin (2019). For WDR originated with director Hein Bruehl, the radio features Cry Baby Cry (1997), until the cold time us eats about Lotte Lenya and Kurt Weill (1998), clowns, tramps & Casanovas about Nino Rota (1999), Wolf Moon by a book by Julio Llamazares (2002) and In my Solitude of the South - The European view of the Orient about the travel writer Isabelle Eberhardt and the Spanish author Juan Goytisolo (1997).
Lippegaus is the author of many episodes of the daily radio program Kalenderblatt on Deutschlandfunk as well as the weekly music collages "Radiophon" on SWR2. He lives in Cologne and southern France.
- John Coltrane , biography; Edel Germany, Hamburg 2011, ISBN 978-3-8419-0069-2
- The silence in the head - interviews and notes on music , Ammann Verlag 1989; Revised and expanded new edition: Nieswand Verlag, Kiel 1991, 1994, ISBN 3-926048-47-6 (also available as an e-book)
- Ingo Wulff (editor): Diary Of Jazz - a perpetual calendar , Nieswand Verlag, Kiel 1996, ISBN 3-926048-38-7 , (including interviews by Karl Lippegaus: with Astor Piazzolla , Henri Texier , Geri Allen , Michel Portal , George Lewis , Lee Konitz , Don Pullen , Joshua Redman , Miles Davis , Gary Peacock , Bill Frisell , Paco de Lucia )
- Chapter Printer's Ink, Driftwood and Red in Peter Brötzmann Graphic Works 1959-2016 , Wolke Verlag, Hohenheim 2016, ISBN 978-3-95593-075-2
- Chapter Colors, Densities, Forms: How ECM Changed Folk Music in (Steve Lake and Paul Griffiths, editors) Horizons Touched - The Music of ECM Records , Granta Books 2007; ISBN 978-1-86207-880-2
- Chapter Rock-Jazz in Joachim Ernst Berendt (editor) "The Story of Jazz", Rowohlt (rororo) 1975, 1991, ISBN 3-499-17121-X
- Chapter No Wave in Klaus Frederking and Klaus Humann (editors) »Rock Session 7. The magazine of popular music. Subject: Black Music «, Rowohlt (rororo) 1983
- Chapter on the history of jazz rock in Burghard König (editor) »Jazz rock. Tendencies of Modern Music «, Rowohlt (rororo) 1983
- Brief self-description at WDR 4
- Lippegaus' contributions to Die Zeit
- Lippegaus' blog on nrwjazz.net
- Short biography and reviews of works by Karl Lippegaus at perlentaucher.de
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German music journalist and radio producer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1954|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Cologne|