Our resident pop culture expert, Uwe Schütte, has reviewed a new publication for the influential German music magazine SPEX. The book, Damaged Goods, traces the history of punk in 150 albums, from the 1966 release of the Monks’ debut record to 2016 albums by Savages and Billy Childish.
Our literary expert Uwe Schütte was a member of the jury who awarded this year’s Rauris Prize for Literature to Hanna Sukare. The award recognises the best German-language prose debut of the year. Not strictly speaking a young debutante, Sukare is 59 years old and lives in Vienna. Her excellent novel Staubzunge was published by Otto Müller in Salzburg.
Rauris is a small alpine town in the Salzburg region of Austria. It is famous for its annual literary festival which will take place this year from 30 March to 3 April. Find out more about the event here.
On Tuesday, 26 January, at 8.04 pm the Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR) will broadcast a 2.5 hrs programme on the writer W.G. Sebald. On the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, the programme will discuss, amongst other topics, how Sebald’s literary writings dealt with the atrocities of the Holocaust. Infos on the programme can be found on the Sebald blog VERTIGO.
Among the experts interviewed is our colleague Uwe Schütte, whose PhD was supervised by Sebald. He will argue, however, that it is a mis-conception to regard Sebald as an author of Holocaust fiction. Sebald, in his view, actually questioned the uniqueness of the Holocaust, which he considered a part of an overarching destructive tendency he called the “natural history of destruction”.
You can listen to the programme via the SR Lifestream here.
The launch of the Test Dept book attracted about 40 visitors to Aston. The audience heard five speakers from various UK universities talking about the band.
Apart from a Q&A panel with original band members Paul Jamrozy and Graham Cunnington, the highlight of the event was the talk by Stephen Mallinder, formerly frontman of Cabaret Voltaire. His presentation about the role of radical music during the Thatcher years was accompanied by a slide show including a number of iconic images and photographs.
There was also an after event party at Vividworks wich was well attended. It included DJ sets from Test Dept, Stephen Mallinder and Alexei Monroe.
Straying a little from our usual focus on German music, the German section is proud to host the Midlands launch of “Total State Machine”, a fantastic new volume documenting the work of seminal English industrial band Test Dept.
You can find more info on the event, which will be opened with welcome address by our colleague Uwe Schütte, by visiting the event page.
The event is free but requires registration.
Our resident Sebald expert Uwe Schütte has just published an online essay entitled On W.G. Sebald’s Radicalism. The essay deals with the political side of the writer and academic who served as Uwe’s PhD supervisor.