ABSTRACT

In this book, native popular musicologists focus on their own popular music cultures from Germany, Austria and Switzerland for the first time: from subcultural to mainstream phenomena; from the 1950s to contemporary acts. Starting with an introduction and two chapters on the histories of German popular music and its study, the volume then concentrates on focused, detailed and yet concise close readings from different perspectives (including particular historical East and West German perspectives), mostly focusing on the music and its protagonists. Moreover, these analyses deal with very original specific genres such as Schlager and Krautrock as well as transcultural genres such as Punk or Hip Hop. There are additional chapters on characteristically German developments within music media, journalism and the music industry. The book will contribute to a better understanding of German, Austrian and Swiss popular music, and will interconnect international and especially Anglo-American studies with German approaches. The book, as a consequence, will show close connections between global and local popular music cultures and diverse traditions of study.

part |2 pages

Part I Histories and foundations

part |2 pages

Part II Arts and experiments

chapter 4|6 pages

Kosmische musik: on krautrock’s takeoff

ByJENS GERRIT PAPENBURG

chapter 6|8 pages

Pophörspiel: popular music in radio art

ByHOLGER SCHULZE

part |2 pages

Part V Politics and gender

chapter 18|7 pages

Rammstein under observation

BySUSANNE BINAS-PREISENDÖRFER AND ARNE WACHTMANN

chapter 19|7 pages

Rap music in Germany

ByAYLA GÜLER SAIED

part |2 pages

Part VI Germanness and otherness

chapter 23|5 pages

Singing in German: pop music and the question of language

ByDIEDRICH DIEDERICHSEN

chapter 24|6 pages

‘NDW’/New German wave: from punk to mainstream

ByBARBARA HORNBERGER

chapter 25|7 pages

Integrated music media analysis: an application to Trio

ByCHRISTOFER JOST

chapter 26|5 pages

Punk in Germany

ByPHILIPP MEINERT, MARTIN SEELIGER

chapter 27|4 pages

Popular music from Austria

ByROSA REITSAMER

part |2 pages

Part VII Electronic sounds and cities

chapter 29|6 pages

Concepts of Cologne

ByHANS NIESWANDT

chapter 31|8 pages

The Berlin sound of techno

ByDANIEL METEO, SANDRA PASSARO

part |2 pages

Part VIII Media and industries

chapter 34|6 pages

German music talent shows

ByNICOLAS RUTH, HOLGER SCHRAMM