New publication: Made in Germany – Studies in Popular Music

Made in Germany - Cover

Seibt, Oliver, Martin Ringsmut, and David-Emil Wickström, eds. 2020. Made in Germany – Studies in Popular Music. Routledge Global Popular Music Series. New York, Oxon: Routledge. ISBN: 9780815391784.

Made in Germany: Studies in Popular Music serves as a comprehensive introduction to the history, sociology, and musicology of contemporary German popular music. Each essay, written by a leading scholar of German music, covers the major figures, styles, and social contexts of popular music in Germany and provides adequate context so readers understand why the figure or genre under discussion is of lasting significance. The book first presents a general description of the history and background of popular music in Germany, followed by essays organized into the following thematic sections:

  • Historical Spotlights
  • Globally German
  • Also “Made in Germany”
  • Explicitly German and
  • Reluctantly German.

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Special Issue “Popular Music History”: Narrating Popular Music History of the GDR: A Critical Reflection of Approaches, Sources and Methods (CfA, Deadline: January 29, 2021)

Background

Histories of German popular music generally focus on examples of West German music which were commercially successful and/or are considered to be aesthetically and musically ground-breaking. Bands such as Kraftwerk, Can, Neu! or the Scorpions are the subject of many academic as well as non-academic publications, and they are considered as canonical as genres such as Krautrock or Neue Deutsche Welle. East German musicians or movements, on the other hand, tend to be overlooked, as do specific artistic forms of expression which were developed in response to authoritarian leadership in the socialist German Democratic Republic (GDR). The examination of a relationship between the GDR and the arts is almost altogether absent from a pan-German popular music history. Continue reading

Dietmar Hüser (Hg.): >Populärkultur transnational (…) im Europa der langen 1960er Jahre< (review)

Dietmar Hüser (Hg.): Populärkultur transnational. Lesen, Hören, Sehen, Erleben im Europa der langen 1960er Jahre, Bielefeld: transcript 2017, 356 S., EUR 34,99.

Was haben ein Comicstrip, die Ostermarschbewegung und ein Burda-Schnittmuster miteinander zu tun? All diese Artefakte und Phänomene gehören nicht nur der Populärkultur an; sie wurden auch transnational rezipiert oder sogar produziert. Folgerichtig finden sie sich einträchtig nebeneinander in dem von dem Saarbrücker Historiker Dietmar Hüser herausgegebenen Band Populärkultur transnational wieder.

Dessen große Bandbreite folgt einer erklärten Programmatik. Der Untertitel Lesen, Hören, Sehen, Erleben im Europa der langen 1960er Jahre proklamiert ein erweitertes Verständnis des bislang stark von klanglichen Phänomenen dominierten Begriffs der Populärkultur indem er weitere sensorische Kategorien benennt. Continue reading

Conference: Popular Music and Power (Berlin, 24./25. June 2016)

Popular Music and Power. Sonic Materiality between Cultural Studies and Music Analysis

Conference Program:

Friday, June 24

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institute of Musicology and Media Studies, Georgenstraße 47, Medientheater

11:00-11:30 AM Arrival and Greetings

11:30-11:45 AM Jens Gerrit Papenburg (Berlin): Introduction

Panel I – Relational Sonic Materialities beyond Text/Context

Chair: Sebastian Klotz (Berlin)

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Pop history will be debated at the German Historians’ Convention 2014

From September 23 to 26, 2014, over 3000 scholars, teachers and students will convene at the University of Göttingen for the 50th Convention of German Historians, the German Historikertag. The event is one of Europe’s largest humanities conferences. “Winners and Losers” is the motto of next year’s anniversary convention. There will be a panel about the history of popular culture. Here is the concept: Continue reading