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Jazz, Rock, and Rebels: Cold War Politics and American by Uta G. Poiger

By Uta G. Poiger

within the twenty years after global struggle II, Germans on each side of the iron curtain fought vehemently over American cultural imports. Uta G. Poiger strains how westerns, denims, jazz, rock 'n' roll, and stars like Marlon Brando or Elvis Presley reached young people in either Germanies, who eagerly followed the recent types. Poiger finds that East and West German experts deployed gender and racial norms to comprise Americanized adolescence cultures of their personal territories and to hold at the ideological chilly struggle conflict with one another. Poiger's energetic account is predicated on a magnificent array of resources, starting from movies, newspapers, and modern sociological reviews, to German and U.S. archival fabrics.

Jazz, Rock, and Rebels examines diverging responses to American tradition in East and West Germany via linking those to alterations in social technological know-how study, political cultures, country associations, and overseas alliance platforms. within the first twenty years of the chilly conflict, client tradition grew to become how to delineate the limits among East and West. This pathbreaking research, the 1st comparative cultural background of the 2 Germanies, sheds new mild at the legacy of Weimar and nationwide Socialism, on gender and race kinfolk in Europe, and on Americanization and the chilly War.

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