In this episode of the East Germany Podcast – Radio GDR we go on a journey of politics and pop music in East Germany.
Our good friend John-Paul Kleiner (GDR Objectified) is back 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.)
In this episode, our hosts look at the broad theme of pop and politics in East Germany.
‘So we’re looking at ways that East German authorities, the party, the free German youth organization struggled or worked to frame youth culture in a way that was appealing to East German, young people, but also delivered the desired ideological content.
John Paul’s thesis at the outset here would be that in the 1950s and early 60’s the East German authorities, the SED’s goal was to create or to have a youth culture that was socialist in form and in content.
Check out the Spotify playlist that accompanies Politics and Pop Music in the GDR Part 2.
Links and Resources Mentioned on Episode 27 of the East Germany Podcast – Radio GDR.
- Dr. Edward Larkey
- GDR Objectified
- Politics and Pop Music of East Germany Part 1
- Politics and Pop Music of East Germany Playlist 1.
- Politics and Pop Music of East Germany Playlist 2.
- The Red Woodstock
Check out the first in the Why We Are Fascinated by East Germany with Steve Minegar.