Pop and Poetry - Pleasure and Protest. Udo Lindenberg, Konstantin Wecker and the Tradition of German Cabaret

Annette Blühdorn

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Abstract

This book provides a detailed analysis of the lyrics of the German rock musician Udo Lindenberg and of the singer-songwriter Konstantin Wecker. The investigation starts from the assumption that lyrics which are not in English put more weight onto the textual side of popular songs; the lyrics are therefore analysed separately from music and performance. Furthermore, this study goes beyond the distinction between dominant and mass literature which, within literary studies, has so far prevented an unbiased approach towards song lyrics. Finally, it is suggested that Lindenberg's and Wecker's lyrics can be read as contemporary variations of «Gebrauchslyrik», a concept that was developed by major representatives of the German cabaret culture during the 1920s and 1930s. Hence, the book recapitulates the history of both the German cabaret and the development of German popular music, and places Lindenberg and Wecker within these cultural movements.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford, Bern, Berlin
PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Group
Number of pages374
Volume13
ISBN (Print)3 03910 063 7
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Publication series

NameGerman Linguistic and Cultural Studies
PublisherPeter Lang

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    Blühdorn, A. (2003). Pop and Poetry - Pleasure and Protest. Udo Lindenberg, Konstantin Wecker and the Tradition of German Cabaret. (German Linguistic and Cultural Studies). Peter Lang Publishing Group.