Peter Wicke

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Peter Wicke (* 1951 in Zwickau ) is a German musicologist who was particularly concerned with popular music ; he taught as a university professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin .

life and work

Wicke studied musicology in Berlin until 1974 and was awarded a doctorate in 1980 with a doctoral thesis on the aesthetics of popular music. phil. PhD. In 1986, he was with a thesis on aesthetics and sociology of rock music to Dr. sc. phil. habilitated and in 1988 appointed as Adjunct Research Professor at the Department of Music at Carleton University in Ottawa . In 1992 he was appointed to the Humboldt University of Berlin, where he held the chair for theory and history of popular music until his retirement in 2016 . He was also director of the Popular Music Research Center at the Department of Musicology at Humboldt University.

Wicke is a member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music and was its general secretary in 1987 and 1991. From 1986 to 1992 he was the European director of the International Communication and Youth Culture Consortium of UNESCO and from 1993 to 1997 was a member of the Presidium of the Cultural Political Society of the Federal Republic of Germany. Wicke has been a member of the German Music Council since 1998 .

Von Wicke has published several international articles on theoretical , historical and cultural-political problems in popular music, which have been translated into over fifteen languages. In 1972 he was the winner of the Hanns Eisler Prize of the GDR .


  • Pop music, study of the social function of a music practice; a contribution to the aesthetics of musical mass culture . Berlin, Humboldt University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Diss. A, 1980
  • Waymarks. Studies in musicology (with Jürgen Mainka) (Verlag Neue Musik Berlin 1983).
  • Rock-Pop-Jazz-Folk. Handbook of popular music (with W. Ziegenrücker) (Deutscher Verlag für Musik Leipzig 1985).
  • Rock music. On the aesthetics and sociology of a mass medium. Reclam, Leipzig 1986, ISBN 3-379-00141-4 .
  • Anatomy of the rock. German publishing house for music, Leipzig 1987, ISBN 3-370-00071-7 .
  • Rock Music: Culture-Aesthetic-Sociology (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1990).
  • Bigger Than Life: Music and Music Industry in the United States. Reclam, Leipzig 1992, ISBN 3-379-00723-4 .
  • From dealing with pop music. People and knowledge, Berlin 1993, ISBN 3-06-102899-4 .
  • Rock music and politics. (with Lothar Müller), Christoph Links Verlag, Berlin 1996, ISBN 3-86153-096-1 .
  • Handbook of Popular Music: Pop Rock Jazz Folk World Music. (with W. Ziegenrücker), Schott, Mainz 1997.
  • Music and Cultural Theory (with J. Shepherd) (Polity Press, Cambridge 1997).
  • From Mozart to Madonna. Kiepenheuer, Leipzig 1998 / Suhrkamp Frankfurt a. M. 2001, ISBN 3-518-39793-1 .
  • Handbook of Music in the 20th Century Vol. 8: Rock and Pop Music (Laaber 2001).
  • Music basic knowledge (Duden / Paetec Berlin 2005) and textbook high school upper level (Duden / Paetec Frankfurt / Main, Berlin 2006).
  • Handbook of Popular Music: History, Styles, Practice, Industry. (with W. + K.-E. Ziegenrücker), Schott, Mainz 2007, ISBN 978-3-7957-0571-8 .
  • Rock and pop. From Elvis Presley to Lady Gaga. CH Beck, Munich 2011, ISBN 978-3-406-62131-4 .

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