Protest Song in East and West Germany Since the 1960s

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David Robb
Camden House, 2007 - 320 Seiten
The modern German political song is a hybrid of high and low culture. With its roots in the birth of mass culture in the 1920s, it employs communicative strategies of popular song. Yet its tendencies toward philosophical, poetic, and musical sophistication reveal intellectual aspirations. This volume looks at the influence of revolutionary artistic traditions in the lyrics and music of the Liedermacher of east and west Germany: the rediscovery of the revolutionary songs of 1848 by the 1960s West German folk revival, the use of the profane "carnivalesque" street-ballad tradition by Wolf Biermann and the GDR duo Wenzel & Mensching, the influence of 1920s artistic experimentation on Liedermacher such as Konstantin Wecker, and the legacy of Hanns Eisler's revolutionary song theory. The book also provides an insider perspective on the countercultural scenes of the two Germanys, examining the conditions in which political songs were written and performed. In view of the decline of the political song form since the fall of communism, the book ends with a look at German avant-garde techno's attempt to create a music that challenges conventional cultural perceptions and attitudes. Contributors: David Robb, Eckard Holler, Annette Blühdorn, Peter Thompson David Robb is Senior Lecturer in German Studies at the Queen's University of Belfast.
 

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Inhalt

Miihsam Brecht Eisler and the TwentiethCentury
35
Narrative RolePlay as Communication Strategy
63
The Burg Waldeck Festivals 19641969
101
The Folk and Liedermacher Scene in the Federal
153
Konstantin Wecker Political Songs between Anarchy
169
Wolf Biermann Die Heimat ist weit
199
Political Song in the GDR The CatandMouse Game
227
The Demise of Political Song and the New Discourse
255
Works Cited
279
Notes on the Editor and Contributors
301
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Über den Autor (2007)

Lecturer in German Studies - School of Languages, Literatures and ArtsThe Queen's University of Belfast

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