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Die Anfänge der Schlagerindustrie

Intermedialität und wirtschaftliche Verflechtung vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg

Tobias Becker

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Tobias Becker, Michael Fischer(Hg.), Wolfgang Jansen(Hg.), Tobias Widmaier(Hg.), Die Anfänge der Schlagerindustrie (2013), Waxmann Verlag, 48159 Münster, ISSN: 1619-0548, 2013 #1, p.11

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While today the term Schlager describes a certain style of popular music, it simply meant a hit song when it first came into use in the late nineteenth century. Most of the hit songs at that time originated from the popular musical stage. Operettas and musical comedies in particular produced many Schlager which gained national and sometimes even international popularity. For this to happen, however, a song had to be picked up by other branches of the music and entertainment industry. By looking at one particular theatre, the Metropol-Theater in Berlin, and its cooperation with music publishers and the early record and film industries, the article shows the high level of economic integration (on the business level) and the intermedial connections (on the product level) that popular culture displayed already at this early stage. It even anticipated later innovations like the greatest hits album or the music video.

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