On Music


Christoph Dallach

Future Sounds

West-Germany, around 1968. As everywhere in the rest of the world, here too a young generation is pressing for radical change. Many flood from the lecture halls onto the street, some into the political underground. And some, on the search for the soundtrack of the movement, into the rehearsal rooms under ground.

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Felix Denk, Sven von Thülen

The Sound of Family

Post-reunification Berlin was one big playground filled with infinite possibilities. In the former no-man’s-land places suddenly sprung up out of nowhere, often lasting only for a few weeks, where history was going to be written. Techno, the new youth culture that would unite East and West spread out from here at 180 beats per minute.

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Spanish world rights (Alpha Decay), France (Allia)

Rüdiger Esch

Electri_City – Electronic Music from Düsseldorf

Just as Memphis is for rock 'n' roll, Düsseldorf is regarded as the Mecca of electronic music. It’s where Kraftwerk worked on classics such as »Autobahn« and »Wir sind die Roboter« in the Kling Klang Studio. It’s also where DAF fried their sequencers. Chart successes like »Das Model« or »Dr. Mabuse« as well as underground hits such as »Der Mussolini« and »Wahre Arbeit – Wahrer Lohn« made Düsseldorf famous overnight.

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English world rights (Omnibus Press)

Daniel Martin Feige

A Philosophy of Jazz

What is jazz? How does it differ from other types of music? And in how far does it constitute a compelling object for the study of aesthetic questions? This volume represents the first comprehensive philosophical investigation of jazz.

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Turkey (Dost)

Navid Kermani

The Book of the Listeners Slain by Neil Young

The Book of the Listeners Slain by Neil Young is more than just the most beautiful, wise, eccentric book ever written about rock ’n’ roll – it’s an ode to life itself.

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Gabriele Klein, Malte Friedrich

Is this real?

Hip Hop has been the most successful and most consequential popular culture that the global culture-industry has produced.

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Bodo Mrozek

Youth – Pop – Culture

Clamorous sounds, unruly behavior, and colorful fashions: the sonic vocabulary used by contemporaries to describe the new youth scene in the mid-20th century mark a cultural dividing point. Aesthetic conflicts culminated in street riots and produced police measures, censorship, and laws. Spectacular court cases against youths led to negative social clichés of male urban youth: the American juvenile delinquent, the British teddy boy, the French blouson noir and the German halbstarke.

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Tobias Rapp

Lost and Sound

Techno is dead, at least officially. In reality, beyond social utopias and Love Parade electronic music and the night-time sub-culture of going out were never more creative or interesting than today. And never so concentrated in a single place: Every weekend young people from all over Europe populate a few kilometers on the banks of the River Spree in Berlin.

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English world rights (Innervision), Russia (White Label), Japan (Kokusho Kankokai), Poland (Kultural Kolektiv), Serbia (Alexandria Press)

Jürgen Teipel

Waste Your Youth

When Waste Your Youth came out in 2001, no one could have predicted the effect this docu-novel about German punk and new wave would have.

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France (Allia)

Gisela von Wysocki

Making Music

Berlin’s Roaring Twenties and the history of the gramophone record, narrated as an éducation musicale by a pupil of Adorno

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