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“Singe-Bewegung” and “Oktoberklub” in East Germany, part 7.

Until the 1960s, Anglo-American dance music is regarded in the GDR as valueless “Western Arts”. As a Socialist alternative to the rock ‘ n’ roll, 1959 even a private dance, the “Lipsi”, is being developed. As a result of the cultural and political opening in 1963, many beat groups were formed and a GDR’s own “Liedermacher” and singer-songwriter scene emerges.
The “Free German Youth” (FDJ) tried to instrumentalize this music movement. The FDJ organized “Deutschlandtreffen 1964” presented for the first time music in English language. In the context of poetry events of the FDJ, Manfred Krug and Wolf Biermann present critical lyrics. In 1965 the SED gave order to dismiss a guitar competition organized by the FDJ. After the end of the political thaw period, the FDJ tried to integrate the singer-songwriter and the beat groups in the FDJ and SED influenced “Singebewegung”

With several thousand Singeklubs, in which mainly folk music is made, the FDJ tried to bring their ideological and political work into everyday life of young people. The “Vorzeigesingeklub” was the Berlin based “Oktoberklub”, which established in 1969 also the first discotheque in the GDR. Although not without success, the Singebewegung couldn´t replace the beat music. In the following years the unbroken beat enthusiasm of young people forced the GDR leadership to an offensive strategy: The development of an own DDR-specific rock music scene since the 1970’s, as well to use this media for ideological and political messages.

The GDR radio programm “Jugendsender DT 64” organised between September, 24 and October, 1, 1967 in Hally the “1. Werkstattwoche der FDJ-Singeclubs”. This albums features recordings from this workshop with 300 artist and 16 “Singeclubs”.

(01) Bernd Walther & Folkloregruppe der TU Dresden – Carpe Diem
(02) Wolfgang Grahl & FDJ-Singestudio Müritz – Spottlied auf einen Moskaubesucher
(03) Antje Kankel – Das ist unser Tag
(04) Folkloregruppe der TU Dresden – Zygan Chodit
(05) Panajota Ruli & Klaus-Georg Eulitz – Kathe Mera
(06) Kurt Demmler – Zart soll es bleiben
(07) Kurt Demmler – Kastanie, Kastanie
(08) Antje Thümmler & Ulrich Stephan & Folkloregruppe der TU Dresden – O lenke durch die Welle
(09) Singklub Leipzig – Abendgedanken
(10) Herbert Lappe & Folkloregruppe der TU Dresden – Und darum trägt unsere Welt heut ein neues Gesicht
(11) Nora Löhr & Wolfgang Gregor – Venezolanisches Marktlied
(12) Jörn Fechner & Oktober-Klub Berlin – Mamita Mia
(13) Henry Jäger – Musja Pikinson
(14) Barbara Kellerbauer & Folkloregruppe der TU Dresden – Lied von der unruhvollen Jugend
(15) Frank Obermann & Sing-Klub 67, Karl-Marx-Stadt – Unsere Welt hat ein Millionengesicht
(16) Hartmut König & Oktober-Klub Berlin – Die Front der Patrioten ruft
(17) Panajota Ruli & Folkloregruppe der TU Dresden – Drapetis
(18) Nora Löhr & Wolfgang Gregor – Auseinandergehen
(19) Dorit Gäbler – Icke
(20) FDJ-Singestudio Müritz – Wir singen, weil wir jung sind

Werkstattwoche der FDJ-Singeclubs (1968)
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“Singe-Bewegung” and “Oktoberklub” in East Germany, part 10.

The “Werkstattwochen der FDJ-Singeklubs” were an important communication platform for the East German “Singe-Bewegung”. They took place every year between 1967 and 1988 in another town in the GDR and were an annual meeting point for the scene with hundreds of participants from all over the GDR. Establishd ensembles and solist presented their new programms, new “Singeklubs” introduced themselves. The artists practised songwriting, composing and interpetation in workshops.

The album “Wir singen ein neues Lied” is a live recording from the final event of the “III. Werkstattwoche der FDJ-Singeklubs” at the wonderful Babylon film theatre in East Berlin, July 11, 1969.


A1 Singeklub “Livia Gouverneur” der BBS “Neues Leben” Dresden – Hört doch mal zu
A2 Singegruppe der NVA Neubrandenburg –  Links, zwei, drei, vier
A3 Singeklub der EOS Hoyerswerda – Lied der neuen Zeit
A4 Singeklub “Geschwister Scholl” Wismar – Hiring, Aal un Kabeljau
A5 Singeklub der EOS “Humboldt” Leipzig – Lied der Neulandfahrer
A6 Singeklub vom “Haus der Jugend” Cottbus – Bergen op Zoom
A7 FDS-Singe-Club der EOS Bützow – Lied von der blauen Fahne

B1 Stephan / Gruppe “pasaremos” Dresden – Der Weg
B2 Heiner und Stephan / Gruppe “pasaremos” Dresden – Lorelei 1969
B3 Mikis Theodorakis-Klub Berlin – Wenn der Krieg vorbei ist
B4 Katja / Oktober-Klub Berlin – Die Taube
B5 Magdeburger Singeklub beim Klubhaus “Junge Talente” – Elektrischka
B6 Singegruppe “Kurt Barthel” Rostock – Vagel Kran
B7 Michael / Singeklub “Geschwister Scholl” Wismar – Der Wal
B8 Joan & José (Spanien) – Wenn du eines Tages willst…
B9 FDJ-Singe-Club der EOS Bützow – Brüder, seht, die rote Fahne

(320 kbps, vinyl rip, front & back cover included)
From 1970 to 1990 there was the “Festival des politischen Liedes” (“festival of the political song”) in Berlin, capital of the German Democratic Republic. The festival was a meeting place for politically engaged musicians from the whole world and and interested audience. You find information about the participants and history in the archive on

The 6th “Festival des politischen Liedes” happened in Eat Berlin in February, 7th to 14th, 1976 and featured artists like Perry Friedman, Pete Wyoming, Ted McKenna, Santocas, Oktoberclub and many more.


01 – Mannesmannballade [Peter, Paul und Barmberk]
02 – Scottish folk dances [The Whistlebinkies]
03 – Auf,auf zum kampf [Perry Friedman]
04 – Bjelorusski woksal [Studentisches Liedtheater]
05 – Kampf dem schicksal [Gruppe Rafidain]
06 – The blackleg miner [Ted McKenna]
07 – Poder popular [Santocas]
08 – Ein Friendenslied [Oktoberklub]
09 – Kapitalens almene krise [Sören Sidevinds Spillemänd]
10 – Se abrirán las grandes alamedas [Angel e Isabel Parra]
11 – Freedom [Pete Wyoming]
12 – Les communistas [Pia Colombo]
13 – Optimistisches Lied [Gruppe Schicht]
14 – Experiencia [Luis Cilia und Pedro Cabal]
15 – Nos vemos en la Habana [Grupo Moncada]

6. Festival des politischen Liedes – Rote Lieder (1976, vinyl rip)
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Baal is an EP by David Bowie, comprising recordings of songs written for Bertolt Brecht’s play Baal. It is also referred to as David Bowie in Bertolt Brecht’s Baal, as credited on the sleeve.

In August 1981, Bowie had begun rehearsals to appear in the BBC version of Baal. The lyrics to the songs were all translated by Ralph Manheim and John Willett. Dominic Muldowney provided all new musical settings, except for “The Drowned Girl”, which was a setting by Kurt Weill done originally for Das Berliner Requiem.
In September 1981, Bowie and Tony Viscontireturned to the Hansa studios in Berlin to re-record the five songs Baal performed in the play.

“Baal’s Hymn” is a combination of the vignettes spread throughout the play, and establishes Baal’s amoral character. “Remembering Marie A” concerns Baal’s reminiscences of a past conquest, where he can remember a cloud drifting overhead, but not the face of the girl he was with. “Ballad of the Adventurers” is Baal’s aggressive lament to the death of his mother. “The Drowned Girl” relates the suicide of one of Baal’s conquests – a video clip for this song was shot by David Mallet at the same time as the one for “Wild is the Wind”. “The Dirty Song” is a short number, with Baal humiliating his lover Sophie.

His performance as Baal was transmitted on February 2, 1982, and RCA issued the EP to coincide with this. Both the play and EP were well received, with the latter reaching #29 in the UK chart, commendable considering the unconventional tracks. As well as the 7″ edition (which came packaged in a double gatefold sleeve containing extensive notes pertaining to the musical content and a short biography of Bertolt Brecht) the EP was released as a 12″ which gained it some play in clubs as well as radio airplay.


A1) Baal’s Hymn
A2) Remembering Marie A
B1) Ballad Of The Adventurers
B2) The Drowned Girl
B3) Dirty Song

David Bowie in Bertolt Brecht´s “Baal” (1982)
(320 kbps, cover art included)