Rock music in Germany
Date of Event: December 4, 2012
Posted: November 16, 2012
GRANVILLE, Ohio—A view of rock music in Germany and how it shaped German identity in the 1950s and early 1960s will be considered in a lecture, “Can You Put a Beat to that Umlaut,” at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the auditorium of Denison University’s Higley Hall (100 Ridge Road). The lecture by Susan Hohl, a graduate student at the University of Chicago, is sponsored by the department of modern languages and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Liz Barringer-Smith at 740-587-6643 or visit www.denison.edu.
In the aftermath of National Socialism and the Second World War, Germany suffered a cultural identity crisis in which the viability of German as a language for popular song was questioned. When rock’n’roll made its way from America and Britain to Germany in the late 1950s and early 1960s, many felt it could only be “properly” sung in English, a view that persisted even into the 1980s.
CALENDAR LISITNG, Denison University, Granville—Lecture: “Can You Put a Beat to that Umlaut” by Susan Hohl at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the auditorium of Higley Hall (100 Ridge Road). Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Liz Barringer-Smith at 740-587-6643 or visit www.denison.edu.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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