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dc.contributor.author Wendt, Chris en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-19T18:43:05Z en
dc.date.available 2017-05-19T18:43:05Z en
dc.date.issued 2016 en
dc.identifier.citation Wendt, Chris. 2016. The Fashion from the Streets: Neue Deutsche Welle and the Federal Republic of Germany in the 1970s and 80s. Department of History, Sonoma State University en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/191633 en
dc.description.abstract Purpose of the Study: This study represents a comprehensive and original cultural examination of Neue Deutsche Welle music (German New Wave) as a sonic avant-garde of West Germany between 1979-1984. Originating out of the organic punk scene cultivated in Düsseldorf in 1977, NDW was an ideological evolution of the tenets of West German punk but also a subcultural result of the specter of fascism, the violent student protests of the 68er movement, and the terrorism of the Red Army Faction in the 1970s. From this a unique punk subculture was developed in Düsseldorf which combined art, fashion, and music with the punk ideals of “do-it-yourself”, Anderssein/otherness, and authenticity, to create what became an avant-garde predicated on sonic and fashionable experimentation and which aimed to create a new cultural identity for a despondent German youth in the face of an embarrassing national history and an uneasy socio-political and economic climate in the Federal Republic at the time. This research examines how Neue Deutsche Welle used fashion and taboo symbolism to decontextualize the historical meaning of said fashion and symbolism to reconcile the country’s Nazi past and create a new cultural West German identity. Furthermore, this study examines the NDW interpretation of authenticity by studying the commercialization of the of the genre in the early 1980s. Authenticity was viewed as a bulwark against the homogenizing nature of cultural authoritarianism but by examining the commercialization of NDW this study explains how the avant-garde valued an ideal of “individual authenticity” rather than the “communal authenticity” of hardcore punk. Lastly, this work studies how NDW was influenced by absurdism and examines how this absurdist connection influenced the sonic and fashionable experimentation which came to typify the subculture. By inspecting new, contemporary oral histories and primary resources, i.e. musical magazines (“fanzines”), interviews, and other cultural studies of the period, this work adds to an emergent historiography of Neue Deutsche Welle and continues the historiography on modern West German subcultures. Finally, this study clarifies the distinctions between West German punk and Neue Deutsche Welle and gives proper historical context to Neue Deutsche Welle as an absurdist, sonic avant-garde of late 1970s and early 1980s. en
dc.description.sponsorship This project would not have been possible without the incredible support from so many people. Many thanks to my adviser Dr. Stephen Bittner who not only had to endure so many revisions and who helped me clarify and define the myriad of ideas which I had for this topic, but who also identified my unique strengths and pushed me to expand and achieve more during my academic career. Thank you to my friend and colleague Jocoya Fox-Jones who acted as a reader for a large portion of this work. Without her guidance and support this project wouldn’t have gotten off the ground. Thank you to Dr. Steve Estes and Dr. Maggie Miller for not just serving on my committee but for taking special interests in my studies and inspiring me to explore the more cultural side of history. The sincerest appreciation for my mom, Jeanette, my dad Dennis, my sister Lindsey, and for the rest of my family. The last few years have been turbulent to say the least and I am lucky to have such an amazing support system. Lastly I’d like to thank my closest friends and “super-homies”, namely Michael F, Megan, Gabe, Josh, and Michael C. You all are the “family I get to choose” and all of this was not possible without you guys in my corner. There are so many other friends, family, and colleagues who endured this long process with me and offered their love and support and to them as well…thank you en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Department of History, Sonoma State University en
dc.title The Fashion from the Streets: Neue Deutsche Welle and the Federal Republic of Germany in the 1970s and 80s en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.sonomaauthor Wendt, Chris en
dc.contributor.committeeMember Bittner, Stephen en
dc.contributor.committeeMember Estes, Steven en
dc.contributor.committeeMember Miller, Margaret en


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