Focus on Pop!

Apart from classic items such as the 'Türsteherlesung' - the Bouncers' Reading, Ray's Reeperbahn Revue and the Beatles Tour many of the VERBAL contributions at the 2016 Reeperbahn Festival focus on pop – new legends meet a mix of literature, science and humour.

 Angel stucco and chandeliers provide the right ambience for the encounter of two music legends, in this case Alfred Hilsberg & Christof Meueler. On the literature stage at the Alte Liebe venue they will read from their book "Das ZickZack- Prinzip" (The Zigzag Principle) an expedition to the subcultures of the past 40 years. The event will be hosted by none other than the radio legend Klaus Fiehe.
Hardly any other type of art responds faster and more directly to the signs of our times than pop music. In his feature "POP – Ein Panorama der Gegenwart" (POP - a panorama of the present) the columnist, writer, lecturer and passionate concert goer Jens Balzer outlines tendencies, characters, trends and constellations of the past ten years, creating an energetic panorama of current pop.  
The  'Sommersalon' (Summer Lounge) has finally moved back to its original place of action at  Spielbudenplatz, and it will immediately face an important question: What would the world be like without investigative journalism? And who are the people that uncover abuse? During "Story light – Recherche auf der Bühne" (Story light – research on stage) investigative journalists will slam facts from their research routines.  
Much less spontaneous is the plot of the new novel "Selbst" (Self) by pop writer, DJ and all-rounder Thomas Meincke. With precision and a fine sense for today's prevailing culture, Meincke sketches his protagonists who, amidst the turmoil of their Frankfurt flat share, look for tenderness beyond the prison-like sexuality described by Foucault or Butler.
Pop meets science. Unthinkable for many years, but fortunately, more important than ever these days. There is no better place to celebrate such an encounter than the Millerntorwache, the museum for Hamburg tales. This time "Pop-Lectures" deals with women. How visible are female music artists?  Who are the women of the Hamburg School? And why are female musicians so rarely seen as composers in public? "A DJ is a DJ is a", "Frauen in der Hamburger Schule" (Women of the Hamburg School) and "Klangkörper Frau / Sound, das unbekannte Wesen" (Sound body woman / Sound, the unknown entity) will provide the answers.

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