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Jazz, Rock, and Rebels: Cold War Politics and American Culture in a Divided Germany

Uta Poiger


In the two decades after World War II, Germans on both sides of the iron curtain fought vehemently over American cultural imports. This book traces how westerns, jeans, jazz, rock 'n' roll, and stars like Marlon Brando and Elvis Presley reached adolescents in both Germanies, who eagerly adopted the new styles. It reveals that East and West German authorities deployed gender and racial norms to contain Americanized youth cultures in their own territories and to carry on the ideological Cold War battle with each other. This lively account is based on an impressive array of sources, ranging from ... More

Keywords: Germans, East Germany, West Germany, Americanization, youth cultures, Cold War, consumer culture, Socialism, gender, race relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520211384
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520211384.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Uta Poiger, author