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Jazz, Rock, and RebelsCold War Politics and American Culture in a Divided Germany$
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Uta Poiger

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520211384

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520211384.001.0001

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The Wild Ones

The Wild Ones

The 1956 Youth Riots and German Masculinity

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Jazz, Rock, and Rebels

Uta G. Poiger

University of California Press

Youth riots took place in East and West Germany, ten years after the end of World War II. The consumption of American popular culture appeared to be at their center. In September 1956, the West Berlin parliament discussed the riots that had erupted in various West German cities since 1955. When youth riots took place with greater frequency in both West and East German cities after 1955, commentators in the East and West quickly came to agree that the American “young rebel” movies served as models for German juvenile fashions, dances, and mannerisms, and even for the riots themselves. German commentators discussed extensively the explanations for juvenile misbehavior suggested in American young rebel movies, which were themselves in a constant dialogue with the broader U.S. debates about American juvenile misbehavior.

Keywords:   West Germany, youth, riots, rebel movies, American popular culture, America

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