German museum traces 100 years of popular music

FRANKFURT (dpa) - A German museum is launching an exhibition to trace 100 years of popular music in the country.
Starting Thursday and running until February 25, the Museum for Communication in Frankfurt plans to give visitors a multimedia experience of music through the years in its "Oh Yeah!" exhibition, the museum said on Tuesday.

From the roaring 1920s via Elvis and the Beatles to the German New Wave and contemporary German pop, visitors will be taken on a musical jaunt through the decades.
Pop music reflected the feelings of generations and forged identities, according to the organizers of the exhibition, which was brought together by the Focke Museum in the northern port city of Bremen. It is expected to move on to Berlin, Leipzig and Stuttgart.
More than 140 artists will represent the music of Germany's past.
There will also be a focus on the separate development of pop in the western and eastern parts of the divided Germany until reunification in 1990, curator Jan Christoph Greim said.
One example of the division was the attempt over many years by Western German rock singer Udo Lindenberg to get permission from the East German authorities to sing for his many fans there.
He wrote the 1983 hit song "Sonderzug zum Pankow" ("Special train to Pankow," an east Berlin district) out of frustration at being denied the right to perform.

Wednesday, August 16th 2017

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