Punk und die Cultural Studies (German Edition)
While there is widespread consensus about the importance of Malcolm McLaren's witnessing the scene in New York and the Ramones playing in London, these events are viewed as the antecedent to punk rather than ground zero.
Regardless, the editors point out that punk spawned concurrently in Germany and the influence flowed both ways between Germany and the UK. Dennis Borghardt analyzes topographic references in German punk lyrics, particularly for themes of urban location. Borghardt extracts meaning from their descriptions, such as the focus on small aspects of daily life, depictions of interior spaces, and recurring themes of collapse.
Like several contributors, he unifies the book by making connections to other essays contained within. Reflecting on the common punk theme of boredom, Matthew Sikarskie finds connections between the West German punk movement and the Wandervogel movement from the Wilhelmine era.
Beyond No Future: Cultures of German Punk edited by Cyrus M. Shahan, Seth Howes, and Mirko M. Hall
Sikarskie assumes readers are familiar with "Wilhelmine" the period from to when Wilhelm II reigned as German emperor , but explains "Wandervogel" in detail, recognizing it as an unfamiliar term to most anglophone readers. Essentially, it was the "No Child Left Inside" movement of its day, which encouraged youths to develop their autonomy and escape modern urban life and, by extension, boredom by hiking. Both the Wandervogel and punk movements incorporated music, eschewed strict allegiance to progressive politics, and occurred during times of national transition.
Sikarskie also discusses the relationship with modern technology and finds ideologies of "us versus them" in both movements; for example, participants in the Wandervogel movement distinguished themselves from tourists pp. An unknown error has occurred.
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Regardless, the editors point out that punk spawned concurrently in Germany and the influence flowed both ways between Germany and the UK Dennis Borghardt analyzes topographic references in German punk lyrics, particularly for themes of urban location. Read preview Overview. Gerin-Lajoie, Diane. If there was technically no class struggle in the GDR, this meant there could also be no subculture. Howes proposes two possible routes to overcome this question: expand the definition of subculture within a socialist context, or abandon the term.
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Part Three features four chapters examining punk responses to contemporary debates over the politics of history and the legacy of fascism in the late s and early s. Karen Fournier shifts the gaze from the Continent to Britain, and offers a much-needed explication of the complex of meanings behind the use of Nazi symbols within British punk.
Through their embrace of the swastika and other allusions to German history, British punks exposed troubling parallels between Germany in the interwar and postwar period and the class struggle in Britain in the s, prompting reflection on the disastrous outcome of class discontent in Weimar Germany.
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Inspired by the historical avant-garde, punk bands instead embraced irony as a means of expressing a more ambivalent position toward Holocaust memory and focused instead on Nazi perpetrators. Beyond No Future does much to affirm the importance of the punk to 20 th century German history and its rightful place within a longer narrative of avant-garde aesthetics and autonomous cultural production in modern Germany. The four chapters on punk and fascism in Part Three would all provide excellent stand-alone readings for introducing German punk into undergraduate courses on modern Germany and post-war German culture.
This anthology offers little in the way of a general overview of the history of German punk, and regrettably limits the examination of the East German scene to a single chapter.
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