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Sounds German: Popular Music in Postwar Germany at the Crossroads of the National and Transnational

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Sounds German

Popular Music in Postwar Germany at the Crossroads of the National and Transnational

Edited by Kirkland A. Fulk

140 pages, 4 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-740-8 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Published (November 2020)

ISBN  978-1-78920-475-9 $27.95/£22.95 Pb Published (November 2020)

eISBN 978-1-78920-473-5 eBook

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For decades, Germany has been shaped and reshaped by the sounds of popular music—whether viewed as uniquely German or an ideological invader from abroad. This collected volume brings together leading figures in the field of German Studies, popular music studies, and cultural studies at large to survey the sociopolitical impact of music on conceptions of the German state and national identity, gender and sexuality, and transnational cultural production and consumption, expanding on the ways in which sounds, technologies, media practices, and exchanges of popular music provide a unique glimpse into the cultural dynamics of postwar Germany.

Kirkland A. Fulk is an assistant professor in the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He has published on topics such as photography and postcolonialism, neoliberalism and neocolonialism, West German science fiction, and German-American transnational musical exchanges.

Subject: Cultural Studies (General) Media Studies
Area: Germany


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Introduction: Into the Music Rooms
Kirkland A. Fulk

Chapter 1. Licht aus–Spot an: How Schlager (ZDF 1969–1984) Beat Disco (ZDF 1971–1982)
Sunka Simon

Chapter 2. The Birth of Autotune and the Loop of (West) German Identity
Cyrus Shahan

Chapter 3. Wenn eine Band lange Zeit lebt: Pudhys, Politics, and Popularity
John Littlejohn

Chapter 4. DIY, im Eigenverlag: East German Tamizdat LPs
Seth Howes

Chapter 5. Poetry of an Alien: Black Tape, Silo Nation, and the Historiography of German Hip-Hop’s Alte Schule
Kai-Uwe Werbeck

Chapter 6. Death in June and the Apoliteic Specter of Neofolk in Germany
Mirko M. Hall

Chapter 7. Knitted Naked Suits and Shedding Skins: The Body Politics of Popfeminist Musical Performances in the Twenty-first Century
Maria Stehle

Chapter 8. Searching for the Young Soul Rebels: On Writing, New Wave, and the Ends of Cultural Studies
Richard Langston

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