Three Song Recordings from Burg Waldeck Festival, 1968

I decided to play a selection of three songs which were all performed at the Burg Waldeck Festival in 1968. The deaths of Benno Ohnesorg and Martin Luther King had intensified the political tension in Germany, and the festival was plunged into crisis when representatives of the Socialist German Students’ Union (SDS) attended the festival, occupied the stage, and waved Vietcong flags, demanding: “Put the guitars in the corner and discuss!”[1].

All three songs clearly express the need for change felt among young people in Germany and abroad. ‘Ain’t You Got A Right (To The Tree Of Life)’ was originally a hymn in the southern states of the USA, but was recorded by Guy Caraway and became an anthem protesting against racial segregation. ‘I Ain’t Marching Anymore’ is an anti-war song written by the American singer-songwriter Phil Ochs as American involvement in the Vietnam War began to increase. On the song Ochs stated that it “borders between pacifism and treason, combining the best qualities of both.”[2] Finally, the song ‘2. Juni 1967’ was written by Franz Josef Degenhardt as a response to the murder of Benno Ohnesorg by a policeman during a demonstration in West Berlin.

 

[1] Kuhnke, K. (2012). Gitarren her, Gitarren weg. [online] ZEIT ONLINE. Available at: http://www.zeit.de/1969/11/gitarren-her-gitarren-weg [Accessed 14 Apr. 2018].

[2] DeLeon, D. (1994). Leaders from the 1960s. Westport (Conn.): Greenwood Press, p.419.

 

Bibliography

DeLeon, D. (1994). Leaders from the 1960s. Westport (Conn.): Greenwood Press.

Frankfurter Rundschau. (2008). Die Liedermacher und ’68: Legendre Festivals auf Burg Waldeck. [online] Available at: http://www.fr.de/politik/zeitgeschichte/zeitgeschichte/die-liedermacher-und-68-legendaere-festivals-auf-burg-waldeck-a-1175018 [Accessed 14 Apr. 2018].

Kuhnke, K. (2012). Gitarren her, Gitarren weg. [online] ZEIT ONLINE. Available at: http://www.zeit.de/1969/11/gitarren-her-gitarren-weg [Accessed 14 Apr. 2018].

Schmidt-Rhaesa, P. (2018). Essener Songtage 1968 – Burg Waldeck. [online] Detlev-mahnert.de. Available at: http://www.detlev-mahnert.de/waldeck.html [Accessed 14 Apr. 2018].

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