THE EMERGENCE, CULTURE, IMPACT AND REPRESSION OF THE GOTHIC ANTI-MOVEMENT IN THE FINAL YEARS OF THE GERMAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC (1981-1989)
This research seeks to address the historical background of the Gothic “anti-movement” and its associated subculture in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) in the decade of the 1980s. Focussing primarily on the era of social control and political enforcement imposed by the erstwhile GDR through the “Stasi” (Ministerium für Staatssicherheit – Ministry for State Security), the contexts of both state culture and disaffected Gothic or “Grufti” subculture will be examined. The links that abide between the United Kingdom’s original Darkwave Gothic scene and the GDR’s “Grufti” scene will be explored, and the impact of these connections will be examined.
These are a few images of John Nicholls Doctoral Symposium presentation. For one and a half hours I was amused, appalled, surprised and compelled to ’embrace the other’. Who would have thought that a regime could possibly enshrine the absurdity of black clothes and poor taste in music 🙂 as evidence of sedition – so dangerous that it attracts a prison sentence and requires constant, careful and covert monitoring
This was not in Medieval Britain, but Modern Europe – GDR East German State in the 1980s. I wonder if the German citizenry appreciate how hard the psychopaths who dominated the state security regime worked to protect them from the Goth.
Once by Alice Walker
a picket fence
My friend smiles
she had heard
Looking up I see
a strong arm
Someone in America