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Title: Performative Heimat- und Gottsuche
Subtitle: Kritische Spiritualität bei deutschsprachigen Liedermachern
Author(s): QUARTIER, Thomas
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 29    Date: 2019   
Pages: 213-236
DOI: 10.2143/SIS.29.0.3286944

Abstract :
After a loudly articulated musical protest in the late sixties, it became more difficult to relate to your own roots in a national and religious sense in the decades which followed. This was especially true in Germany where the trauma of WWII caused a troubled relationship with songs in German language. The first generation of German singersongwriters (‘Liedermacher’) composed critical hymns of societal protest. Especially in the eighties, a new type of engaged songwriting occurred that clearly departed from a personal search for one’s own roots and owns its own spirituality. Criticising individualism and a lack of perspective, went hand in hand with personal poetry that revealed a new type of critical spirituality. In this article, we deal with the following main question: How are the search for God and the search for a home as critical spirituality expressed performatively in German songs since 1980? We analyse texts and present collegial interviews with two famous German singer-songwriters since 1980: Wolfgang Niedecken and Heinz Rudolf Kunze. Both turn out to be spiritually engaged and actively searching for a critical but sensegiving relation to Germany as their home country.

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