Port outward, starboard home

NINA HAGEN BAND “African Reggae” (1979)

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Sorry for the radio silence, I’ve been very busy playing Modern Warfare 2 online.

Nina Hagen was from East Berlin, a dissident’s stepdaughter. Apparently the East Germans gave up trying to block West German television and radio broadcasts in the ’60s; this must have made it a much weirder place to live than, say, Bulgaria because the counter-narrative is right there, you don’t have to seek it out.

And so, viz: Nina Hagen. I guess all the late ’70s punks were about epater les bourgeoisie but Nina’s even weirder, even after she went to the West: epater les nomenklatura?


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