Pop Music and Authoritarianism

28 Dec 2014

The Soviets weren’t big on American jazz.  In 1928, they declared that the playing of this music was punishable by up to six months in jail.  

Nazi Germany also outlawed jazz.  And in East Germany, the government was so worried that rock n' roll would lead the youth of the nation astray that they tried to introduce a homegrown fake dance craze that they called the “Lipsi.”  They were hoping to “inoculate” East German young people against corrupting Western dances like the Twist.  They tried to introduce it through East German TV and radio.  It was a flop.

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