What are some examples of patriotic music

The nationalization of German-speaking pop music. New right topics in the pop discourse

Music & Empowerment pp 163-177 | Cite as

  • Max Alt
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Analogous to the socio-political shifts caused by the swing to the right, one can identify a nationalization of the German-speaking pop music and its culture. Themes, values ​​and ideological conceptions of the New Right are distinguishable in multiple pop music genres. The South Tirolian rock band Frei.Wild spreads the spirit of patriotism. Soul singer Xavier Naidoo criticizes democracy in a hostile manner and rapper Chris Ares adopts the image of an honest citizen to radiate the idea of ​​ethnopluralism. The aim of the article is to examine the strategies of establishing New Right ideology in the German-speaking pop discourse. A glance at the more recent past of German pop culture reveals that these pop phenomena are not to understand as anomalies of the zeitgeist. They should be interpreted as key constituents of a proceeding nationalization of the German-speaking pop music culture.


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