Musik in der DDR – Rock and Pop Music of East Germany. (27)

Music of East Germany
East German Movies guide on the East Germany Podcast

In this episode of the East Germany Podcast – Radio GDR we go on a journey of Rock and Pop Music of East Germany.

Our good friend John-Paul Kleiner (GDR Objectified) is in the East Germany podcast host chair for this one. He is joined by Dr. Edward Larkey, an expert on GDR music and author of Rotes Rockradio. Populäre Musik und die Kommerzialisierung des DDR-Rundfunks (Red Rock Radio. Popular Music and the Commercialization of GDR Broadcasting.)

John Paul turns his hand to DJ’ing as he plays some hand-picked tracks from the GDR. He has kindly put together a Spotify playlist of GDR Music to accompany this episode about the music of East Germany.

There are plenty of themes in this episode about Rock and Pop Music in East Germany, here are just a handful that John Paul and Dr Larkey discuss:

  • Evolution of how the Party’s acceptance and understanding of “pop music”
  • The GDR’s “pop music” system: how did it work, who was approved, how much censorship was there and how did that work?
  • Was there a distinct “GDR pop music”? Was it genuinely popular? What was its relationship to Western music?
  • Their favorite songs and bands from the GDR.
  • And Much More!
East Germany and Chile

Links and Resources Mentioned on Episode 27 of the East Germany Podcast – Radio GDR.

Join our East Germany Facebook group to talk more about the GDR!
Join our East Germany Facebook group to talk more about the GDR!
East Germany and Chile
East Germany and Chile with Steve Minegar on Radio GDR – the East Germany Podcast

Check out the first in the Why We Are Fascinated by East Germany with Steve Minegar.

Check out Steve’s interview all about life working at East Germany’s Radio Berlin International
Listeners of East Germany Podcast - Radio GDR met up in Berlin to visit and discover more of East Berlin and the DDR.

2 comments on “Musik in der DDR – Rock and Pop Music of East Germany. (27)

  1. Peter says:

    Thanks for a really interesting show.

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