On Saturday, April 8, our very own Uwe Schütte will be featured in Bayern 2’s famous Nachtmix series to talk about his adventures in pop music.
Follow this link to the show’s webpage.
Nachtmix, mit Karl Bruckmaier
23:05 bis 00:00 Uhr
Auf Schwarz und Weiß
Zu Gast: Der Autor Uwe Schütte
Uwe Schütte ist Germanist, hat über Elfriede Jelinek gearbeitet und bei W.G. Sebald promoviert. Doch unermüdlich ist er auch auf der Pop-Überholspur, schreibt über Musik, veranstaltet Symposien, gibt Bücher heraus – von den Mühen und Freuden des Büchermachens in Zeiten von Internet und Sparzwängen. Die Musik kommt von Kraftwerk, Laibach, Zeitkratzer, Psychic TV und Jeb Loy Nichols.
Two weeks ago, approximately 40 students from Aston University and the University of Birmingham gathered at Beorma Bar, eager to test their knowledge on German culture at our annual German pub quiz. Nine teams competed in five strenuous rounds (geography, general facts, music, TV shows, sports) to win goody bags full of Austrian, German and Swiss prizes. Everyone did fairly well with UoB’s final year team “Top Marx” edging the joint staff team in the challenging final round (who would have expected that German winter sports athletes are not well known in the UK???) to take the victory. Many thanks to everyone who participated. We hope you enjoyed the quiz as much as we enjoyed preparing the questions!
The winner team “Top Marx”:
Here’s your chance to test your knowledge on Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Would you have known the answers…?
Round 2: General Knowledge
- What is the name of the president elect of the Federal Republic of Germany?
- How many neighbouring countries does Switzerland have?
- What is the name of the longest river in Austria?
- Name the largest island of Germany?
- Rank the following German cities according to their population, starting with the smallest one: Kiel, Bielefeld, Düsseldorf, Ulm, Rostock.
- How many cantons does Switzerland have?
- On which date was the first German republic declared?
- Name the objects, which the eagle on the Austrian coat of arms holds in his claws.
- How is the Swiss parliament called?
- What was the year in which Austria joined the Euopean Union?
Round 5: Sports – Anagrams
Solve the anagrams below. They are all names of famous athletes. The initials are given, but also included in the anagram.
Example: NAIVSTE UNI STORY: A_____ U_____ = Aston University
|1. SCHREIN DÖNER SD
deutsch, männlich, Basketball
German, male, basketball
|2. RACHEL ER SCHIRM
österreichisch, männlich, Ski Alpin
Austrian, male, alpine skiing
|3. GEIER QUERBALKEN
deutsch, weiblich, Tennis
German, female, tennis
|4. MOBIL LOT
deutsch, männlich, Tischtennis
German, male, table tennis
|5. CAPTAIN SUEDLICHE
deutsch, weiblich, Eisschnelllauf
German, female, speed skating
|6. KINO TORSO
deutsch, männlich, Fußball
German, male, football
|7. AAL GURT
schweizerisch, weiblich, Ski Alpin
Swiss, female, alpine skiing
|8. STUMMES MAHL
deutsch, männlich, Fußball
German, male, football
|9. ADMIRAL EHER LAU
deutsch, weiblich, Biathlon
German, female, biathlon
|10. SALADIN TRIOLE
deutsch, männlich, Eishockey
German, male, ice hockey
1. Frank-Walter Steinmeier; 2. Fünf; 3. Donau; 4. Rügen; 5. Ulm, Rostock, Kiel, Bielefeld, Düsseldorf; 6. 26; 7. 9. November 1918; 8. Hammer und Sichel; 9. Bundesversammlung; 10. 1995
1. Dennis Schröder; 2. Marcel Hirscher; 3. Angelique Kerber; 4. Timo Boll; 5. Claudia Pechstein; 6. Toni Kroos; 7. Lara Gut; 8. Mats Hummels; 9. Laura Dahlmeier; 10. Leon Draisaitl
This event marks the launch of a new project on German Popular music at Warwick/ Aston unis. It takes place on Wed 8th Feb, 5-7pm in the Occulus building, OC1.09. Warwick Uni Campus. No tickets. Event free. Come along!
This ia a new research intiative that seeks, through collaboration with Warwick University, to promote the serious academic treatment of German popular music and its (much underrated) cultural value and contribuiton to world culture. The topic, perhaps oddly, remains something of a blindspot within German Studies as a discipline. We start with two venerable speakers, David Pattie and Luis-Manuel Garcia.
Out now is a new book by our colleague Uwe Schütte. He has edited a collection of essays on major musical styles and bands in the history of German pop music. The contributors comprise a range of international experts on popular music from across Germany, the UK and the US.
The volume is chronologically structured: following the introduction by Uwe, it starts with a chapter on German Schlager, followed by chapters on Krautrock, German Punk, German Industrial, Techno and Rap. There is also a chapter dedicated to Kraftwerk, written by Uwe.
The survey is concluded by an interview with Diedrich Diederichsen, the leading scholar in the field who has recently published his major study Über Pop-Musik. For more info see the publisher’s website here or order the book, reasonably priced at £18,71 from Amazon or any other online retailer.
Read an illustrated excerpt from Uwe’s chapter on Kraftwerk on the CUEPOINT music blog.
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A few weeks ago, we came across a curious storefront in the Birmingham city centre: German Doner Kebab offers what has long been one of the most traditional “buy at midnight on the way home from the bar” meals in many German cities, and it does a very good job of replicating that quintessentially German culinary experience of the Döner: toasted flatbread, a crispy mix of salad and onions, a tasty garlic sauce and well-seasoned meat – beef or chicken, or a mix of both. They’ve dropped the Umlaut, but they get the food right – and even promise that Börek and Kartoffelsalat are “coming soon”. The fresh ingredients and authentic taste come at a price, but if you want a genuine taste of a German classic, give it a try!
German Doner Kebab
84 Bull Street
The carnival in Cologne is not only one of the biggest but also one of the most amusing festivals in Germany. People are about to celebrate the end of the carnival season which starts in November and furthermore herald the Christian season of Lent. From “Weiberfastnacht”, the Thursday before Shrove Monday, until “Shrove Tuesday” there is a proven period of sessions, balls and parades, and it is celebrated, sung and danced mainly in the halls, restaurants and pubs. People from all over the world unite to join the processions and try to catch the sweets. The local beer “Kölsch” flows like water and every year cologne provides another theme to entertain the carnival revellers.
Popular song from a local band: