Fenemore - Chapter 06
A fascinating and highly readable account of what it was like to be
young and hip, growing up in East Germany in the 1950s and 1960s.
Living on the frontline of the Cold War, young people were subject to a
number of competing influences. For young men from the working class,
in particular, a conflict developed between the culture they inherited
from their parents and the new official culture taught in schools.
Merging with street gangs, new youth cultures took shape, which
challenged authority and provided an alternative vision of modernity.
Taking their fashion cues, music and icons from the West, they rapidly
came into conflict with a didactic and highly controlling party-state.
Charting the clashes which occurred between teenage rebels and the
authorities, the book explores what happened when gender, sexuality,
Nazism, communism and rock ’n’ roll collided during a period, which
also saw the building of the Berlin Wall.