At a time when blank spots have by and large disappeared from maps, “wilderness” has returned in art. The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt has dedicated an extensive theme-based exhibition to this recurring fascination.


Melodien für Millionen

Das Jahrhundert des Schlagers
For the last 100 years, pop songs have been enjoyed by millions of people. Whether loved or ridiculed, these songs reflect changes in society and in mentality; they react to political and social movements. These commercial mass-produced items are closely linked to modern industrial society, and to its social and technological changes.
Furthermore, the themes of pop songs have meaning for millions of old and young; every generation has experiences connected to them, have loved or hated them. Pop songs are powerfully linked to people’s emotions.
The book presents these emotions as well as the background to this phenomenon.

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"Melodien für Millionen"

April 2008

ISBN 978-3-86678-161-0

24,50 x 24,50 cm

192 Pages

105 colored and 52 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German

edited by
Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
preface by
Hans Walter Hütter
authors (among others)
Götz Alsmann, Dieter Bartetzko, Ingo Grabowsky, Antonia Grunenberg, Dietrich Helms, Andreas Herkendell, Manfred Hobsch, Teddy Hoersch, Volker Kühn, Martin Lücke, Adelheid von Saldern, Mechthild von Schoenebeck, Hanno Sowade, Peter Wicke, Annette Wilczek, Irving Wolther
The book was published on the occasion of the exhibition “Melodien für Millionen. Das Jahrhundert des Schlagers “, 2008, Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn.