Status: 26/09/2023, 13:31 p.m.
By: Jonas Erbas
The music of pop queen Helene Fischer is also extremely popular with prison inmates. The reason for this, however, is a headache for an expert.
Düsseldorf – At the latest since country legend Johnny Cash (†71) recorded his live album "At Folsom Prison" in January 1968 in the prison of the same name in front of dozens of prisoners, it has been clear: prisons and music fit together better than the first appearance suggests. What country was in the USA in the 1960s is Schlager in this country today. Accordingly, Helene Fischer (39) is popular in all parts of the population - even among inmates ...
Prison expert reveals: Prison hearts beat for Helene Fischer
The fact that the pop queen also ensures a good mood behind bars should surprise one or the other fan. But in fact, Helene Fischer is said to be very popular with many prisoners, expert Peter William Meyer recently revealed at netflixwoche.de.
Meyer is a prison coach, spent four and a half years in prison for bank robbery and has been professionally inspired by this experience: He prepares his clients for their imprisonment. His look behind the scenes reveals something astonishing: "Do you know what really surprised me in prison? The musical taste of most of the prisoners," says the trained wholesale and foreign trade merchant.
Prison rate in Germany
The prison rate in Germany is 69 per 100,000 (as of 2020) – a figure that has been gradually decreasing since 2000. Among the prisoners, a total of around five percent are women.
Helene Fischer very popular in prisons: 80% of inmates should listen to Schlagerqueen
Because, contrary to any prison clichés, prisoners apparently listen to pop songs conspicuously often: "I thought I'd find a few guys in prison who also listen to rock music, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop. But no! 80 percent of the men in custody listen to Helene Fischer! I don't know what they're projecting onto it," says Peter William Meyer, perplexed.
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Even behind bars, the music of Helene Fischer enjoys great popularity © Christian Schroedter/Shotshop/Imago
However, it is rather questionable whether the "Atemlos durch die Nacht" artist will one day emulate Johnny Cash and also stand on a prison stage – despite the sympathy she apparently enjoys behind bars. Far less sympathetic was recently shown in Zurich: Helene Fischer's audience there booed her partner Thomas Seitel (38) in the middle of the concert. Sources used: netflixwoche.de, schwarzerpeter.coach