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Music as a Weapon? Ton Steine Scherben and the Politics of Rock in Cold War Berlin

  • Is popular music a tool of consumer capitalist recuperation or can it be a weapon of revolutionary change? The career of the radical rock band Ton Steine Scherben, founded in West Berlin in 1970, suggests that at certain moments, radical music and radical politics can be mutually constitutive. The band’s history provides a richer understanding of the radical left-wing scene in West Berlin at a key moment of transition from the student movement of the 1960s to the anarchist and terrorist scenes of the 1970s, illustrating how an analysis of popular music in its social and cultural setting can broaden historical analysis.

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Author:Timothy S. BrownGND
Parent Title (English):German Studies Review
Document Type:Journal Article
Date of Publication (online):2014/01/13
Date of first Publication:2009/01/01
Release Date:2014/02/12
First Page:1
Last Page:22
ZZF Chronological-Classification:1970er
ZZF Regional-Classification:Europa / Westeuropa / Deutschland / Bundesrepublik
ZZF Topic-Classification:Politik
Sound History
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Licence (German):License LogoMit freundlicher Genehmigung des jeweiligen Autors / Verlags für Online-Ausgabe der Zeitschrift Zeithistorische Forschungen