Jazz, Rock, and Rebels: Cold War Politics and American Culture in a Divided Germany / Edition 1

Jazz, Rock, and Rebels: Cold War Politics and American Culture in a Divided Germany / Edition 1

by Uta G. Poiger
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520211391

ISBN-13: 9780520211391

Pub. Date: 03/03/2000

Publisher: University of California Press

In the Two Decades After World War II, Germans on both sides of the Iron Curtain fought vehemently over American cultural imports. Uta G. Poiger traces how westerns, jeans, jazz, rock 'n' roll, and stars like Marlon Brando and Elvis Presley reached young women and men in both Germanies, who eagerly adopted the new styles. Poiger reveals that East and West German

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In the Two Decades After World War II, Germans on both sides of the Iron Curtain fought vehemently over American cultural imports. Uta G. Poiger traces how westerns, jeans, jazz, rock 'n' roll, and stars like Marlon Brando and Elvis Presley reached young women and men in both Germanies, who eagerly adopted the new styles. Poiger reveals that East and West German authorities deployed gender and racial norms to contain Americanized youth cultures in their own territories and to carry on the ideological Cold War battle with each other. Poiger's lively account is based on an impressive array of sources ranging from films, newspapers, and contemporary sociological studies to German and U.S. archival materials.

Jazz, Rock, and Rebels examines diverging responses to American culture in East and West Germany by linking these to changes in social science research, political cultures, state institutions, and international alliance systems. This pathbreaking study, the first comparative cultural history of the two Germanies, sheds new light on the legacies of Weimar and National Socialism, on gender and race relations in Europe, and on Americanization and the Cold War.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520211391
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/03/2000
Series:
Studies on the History of Society and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
346
Sales rank:
905,516
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figuresix
Acknowledgmentsxi
List of Abbreviationsxiii
Introduction1
1.American Culture in East and West German Reconstruction31
2.The Wild Ones: the 1956 Youth Riots and German Masculinity71
3.Lonely Crowds and Skeptical Generations: Depoliticizing and Repoliticizing Cultural Consumption106
4.Jazz and German Respectability137
5.Presley, Yes--Ulbricht, No? Rock 'N' Roll and Female Sexuality in the German Cold War168
Epilogue: Building Walls206
Notes229
Bibliography273
Index313

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