Rousseau was formed in Marl, a city in the north of the “Ruhrgebiet” in 1977 by Ali Pfeffer,Georg Huthmacher, Peter Stutz, Ulla Boos and Christoph Huster. Right from the beginning they had a good response and gathered some loyal fans around them. 2 years later Ulla left the band. She was replaced by Rainer Hofmann on key. 

    Peter Stutz left the band shortly after that. For him, Jörg Schwarz joined the band. After some rehersals the band started to play life again and lots of new compositions were made. During the life shows the band tested the new songs and choose out, which song could make it to an album. 

    In 1980 Rousseau released their first LP: "Flower In Asphalt". The new Album was presented life to the fans in a concert at the Marler theater. The response to the show and the feedback from radio stations were just great ! Lots of life gigs followed. 

    In 1983 during the pre productions of their 2nd LP: "Retreat", Jörg Schwarz left the band. He was replaced by Christoph Maasbaum and on some tracks Herbert Ruppik joined the band on vocals. Unfortunatly, at this time the new german wave was the next big thing in germany and stole lots of attention to another great album. The band started a new project. Fools fantasy became a life event with dancers and actors .This show was a great success in germany.

    In 1986 the band released their 3rd album "Square The Circle". Christoph Maasbaum played bass and on guitar was Uwe Schilling, Dieter Müller became the new singer. They had a very good response from lots of countries around the world but they still didn´t get the `Big Break´. After that, the band started to write some new songs and for the first time they wrote german lyrics. "Schlaflose Nächte" (Sleepless nights) was only released in germany.

    Some of the members left the band dissapointed to start new projects and Rousseau seemed to be dead. But in the meantime countries like Japan and Brasil discovered the music of Rousseau and the old releases got great reviews from the press, but unfortunately it was too late to restard. Some years had passed when Ali and Jörg met again. 

    They just sat together, talking `bout the old times and listened to some recordings and demos that Jörg made in the last years, and very quick they found themselves writing new material. Some of the demos were Rousseau at there best and it was easy to start again. The first new song was titeled “If this is heaven”, and was recorded in a studio in Gelsenkirchen with the help of a friend of Ali, Jan Mühldorfer on piano.At this time there was just Ali and Jörg, but very quick Dieter Beermann, an old friend of Jörg, joined the others on bass.

    Dieter worked together with Jörg since 15 years, and together they wrote songs for different bands and singers. Just a few weeks after Dieter joined Rousseau, Rainer Hofman was ready to come back to the group. First for only one song, but very soon the old chemistry started to work again and the four were absolutely sure, that the time was perfect to give Roussau a second chance. The work together was more compact and more filled with life and emotions than ever before. The sound was pure Rousseau, but this time the sound became  more the sound  that the band had on stage all the years. 

    The french record company Musea was very pleased with the new material and released the album with the title, “At the cinema”.  So just close your eyes, open your heart, and let the music do the talking. “At the cinema” is not a concept album, it´s more a  soundtrack to a movie which  you have in your head. Right now, the band is recording new material for a forthcoming album, and three new songs are already finished.