Culture from the Slums: Punk Rock in East and West Germany (Hardcover)

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Culture from the Slums explores the history of punk rock in East and West Germany during the 1970s and 1980s. These decades witnessed an explosion of alternative culture across divided Germany, and punk was a critical constituent of this movement. For young Germans at the time, punk appealed
to those gravitating towards cultural experimentation rooted in notions of authenticity-endeavors considered to be more 'real' and 'genuine.' Adopting musical subculture from abroad and rearticulating the genre locally, punk gave individuals uncomfortable with their societies the opportunity to
create alternative worlds. Examining how youths mobilized music to build alternative communities and identities during the Cold War, Culture from the Slums details how punk became the site of historical change during this era: in the West, concerning national identity, commercialism, and
politicization; while in the East, over repression, resistance, and collaboration. But on either side of the Iron Curtain, punks' struggles for individuality and independence forced their societies to come to terms with their political, social, and aesthetic challenges, confrontations which
pluralized both states, a surprising similarity connecting democratic, capitalist West Germany with socialist, authoritarian East Germany. In this manner, Culture from the Slums suggests that the ideas, practices, and communities which youths called into being transformed both German societies along
more diverse and ultimately democratic lines. Using a wealth of previously untapped archival documentation, this study reorients German and European history during this period by integrating alternative culture and music subculture into broader narratives of postwar inquiry and explains how punk
rock shaped divided Germany in the 1970s and 1980s.

About the Author

Jeff Hayton, Associate Professor of History, Wichita State University Jeff Hayton is an Associate Professor of Modern European History at Wichita State University. He has published numerous articles on popular culture, rock 'n' roll, and German history. Culture from the Slums: Punk Rock in East and West Germany is his first book. He is beginning work on three newprojects: a survey of popular music in East Germany; a history of mountain climbing in East Germany; and an examination of the relationship between video games and history.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780198866183
ISBN-10: 0198866186
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: June 10th, 2022
Pages: 384
Language: English