Jazz, Rock, and Rebels Cold War Politics and American Culture in a Divided Germany

ISBN-10: 0520211391

ISBN-13: 9780520211391

Edition: 2000

Authors: Uta G. Poiger
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Description: 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 or Elvis Presley reached adolescents 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 Rebelsexamines 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. In the first two decades of the Cold War, consumer culture became a way to delineate the boundaries between East and West. This pathbreaking study, the first comparative cultural history of the two Germanies, sheds new light on the legacy of Weimar and National Socialism, on gender and race relations in Europe, and on Americanization and the Cold War.

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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/3/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 348
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
American Culture in East and West German Reconstruction
The Wild Ones: the 1956 Youth Riots and German Masculinity
Lonely Crowds and Skeptical Generations: Depoliticizing and Repoliticizing Cultural Consumption
Jazz and German Respectability
Presley, Yes--Ulbricht, No? Rock 'N' Roll and Female Sexuality in the German Cold War
Epilogue: Building Walls
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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