“Germany Rocks” takes students through the pivotal moments in German history from the 1950’s to 2010 by introducing them to the rock and popular music that were produced and consumed in the divided nation and beyond the Wall. What do German punk rock and the German new wave say about the German experience and our experiences of modern life? How was rock music first received by the different generations in the 1950’s and how was it politicized? How were the political protests of the 1960s expressed in music? Why did David Hasselhoff perform for an audience of 500,000 at the celebration of the fall of the Wall? What is happening in German rock and pop music today? Students will encounter a wide variety of music and advance their language skills through careful study of song lyrics. We will also read excerpts from several contemporary works of literature like Rocko Schamoni’s Dorfpunks and the collection of memoirs about the German new wave, Verschwende deine Jugend, as well as watch several contemporary films that dramatize how contemporary Germans have lived with and through music.