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Ernst Busch, Rio Reiser, and Gerhard Gundermann

Examples of Proletarian Narrative Role-Play in German Political Song

David Robb

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David Robb, Michael Fischer(Hg.), Knut Holtsträter(Hg.), Ernst Busch, Rio Reiser, and Gerhard Gundermann (2016), Waxmann Verlag, 48159 Münster, ISSN: 1619-0548, 2015 #1, p.227

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This article examines three contrasting examples of proletarian narratives in German political singers of the twentieth century. It will start with Ernst Busch, the singer of Brecht and Eisler’s Kampflieder in the Weimar Republic, then deal with Rio Reiser of the West Berlin rock group Ton Steine Scherben of the early 1970s, and finally look at Gerhard Gundermann who emerged from the FDJ Singebewegung to become a critical singer/songwriter in the final years of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). In all cases, the particular narrative role-play adopted by the respective singer will be shown to form a medium of identification between performer and audience.

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