utorok 1. septembra 2009

Book about too much future

Today post is about book I am reading now - "Too much future". It´s intersting for me. Topic is about punk in GDR, alternative scene in Communist era in East-Deutschland.
Good reading for 20th anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall.

short suggestion from site: http://www.toomuchfuture.de/english/index.php

"Punk in Western Europe has been a popcultural phenomenon with a political background. On the other hand, Punk in the GDR was a political phenomenon with a popcultural background. When in 1979 the first punks showed up in East-Berlin and Leipzig it wasn't the reaction of social and artistic outsiders against a saturated consumer society. Instead it was a reaction against a society of lack, equally underequipped with material goods as well as fundamental freedom. In the GDR it wasn't a matter of family background or unintended social decline that created the outsider, it much more resembled an act of resistance in taking an individual stance in a society which would force everyone into the collective. The punks in the GDR tried to overcome the limitations of a system that meant to control it's young people. They just wouldn't let themselves be put under pressure any longer.

The first sightings of Punks invading the bogus idyll of socialism in 1979/80 can only be compared to - and this is no exaggeration - the landing of aliens. Stuck in a dead corner of Central Europe the GDR youth was but another human resource for the party officials. A CV would include all the fixed stations of a biography faithful to the system: member in various youth organisations, service in the army, followed by work in socialist manufacturing. If it wasn't manufacturing it maybe was studying at the university, which regardless of what one was studying would carry a strong ideological component with it. There wasn't much more to be expected for an average worker or academic. If you weren't delighted about all the forced on "social accomplishments" and not eternally grateful for a secure place in a nursery, a secure training, or secure world peace within heavily secured borders you'd end up experiencing a different kind of security - in a youth detention centre, in a prison, in the army or in the close grip of being under surveillance by the Stasi. The ministry of state security was the system's own symbol for a fetishization of security. The over-all social security in the GDR would always be used as a strangling argument against those pointing out the lack of basic human rights. In their corrupt understanding of "give and take" the authorities were taking a gratitude for granted they could no longer expect from the punks."


Buy book or contact me. I have photocoopy version of that book.


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