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...Anyone at the first Can show, which took place in Cologne, would have witnessed the birth of a new age of avant-garde rock music. Having studied avant-garde classical music, Irmin Schmidt went to New York City in 1966, where he studied...

Boney M

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...Boney M. is a Caribbean-tinged disco/vocal group created by German producer Frank Farian (born 1941, also known for his work with Milli Vanilli) in 1976. Originally consisting of Liz Mitchell (born 1952) and Marcia Barrett (born 1948) from...
...The German electronic music group Tangerine Dream is responsible for pioneering what is now known as electronica. Initially starting with “krautrock,” an underground rock genre produced in West Berlin during the 1960s and 1970s, they have...
...With a name that translates as “Collapsing New Buildings,” the industrial music of Einstürzende Neubaten developed an aesthetic that incorporated critiques of modernity and European society in the 1980s and beyond. The band made its first...


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...Members of the German group Kraftwerk emerged from the Krautrock idiom to become important innovators and pioneers in popular electronic music. Kraftwerk was formed in 1970 in Düsseldorf by Florian Schneider and Ralf Hütter after Schneider...

David Bowie

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...The interstellar oeuvre of David Bowie used literal and aural metaphor to develop a rabid fan base who read themes of alienation and identity freedom into his music. Bowie was born in 1947 in London, and his vocal talents were first...

Rock in the German Democratic Republic (GDR)

Peter Wicke

Center for Popular Music Research, The Humboldt Univeristy, Berlin Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Encyclopedia Articles

...During the late 1960s in the GDR (the Communist-controlled country often known in the West as ‘East Germany,’ which existed from 1949 to 1989) a distinct form of rock music emerged. The whole eastern part of Germany was within the reach...

Curating Potential

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Sound Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Scholarly Books

...Introduction This chapter looks at sound art and migration in Berlin, in the light of grassroots and institutional curatorial practices. Recognizing Berlin as a unique historical, cultural, and geopolitical hub, the chapter explores...

A pedagogy of the event

Music as Atmosphere : Collective Feelings and Affective Sounds

Taylor & Francis Group, 2020

Scholarly Books

...The texts by Brian Massumi and Jan Slaby assembled in the final two chapters of this volume trace back to a workshop on “Affect and Atmosphere” which took place on May 4, 2017 at the Kompetenzzentrum Medienanthropologie...

“I’d rather choose the curb”: Topographical Writing in Recent German Punk

Beyond No Future : Cultures of German Punk

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Scholarly Books

...Preface I am very grateful for the kind permission of Casanovas Schwule Seite, Chefdenker, Die Sterne, Duesenjaeger, Kaput Krauts, Kotzreiz, Pascow, Slime, Tocotronic, and Turbostaat to cite their lyrics. Unless otherwise noted, all...