Nina Hagen 1979

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German punk singer Nina Hagen on a single-page poster in Bravo of 17 May 1979.

Hagen’s music was not great (acquired taste, perhaps), but in East Germany she had a fabulously subversive hit in 1974 with the holiday song “Du hast den Farbfilm vergessen”. The title translates as “You forgot the colour film”. The joke the censors didn’t get, apparently, was that East German citizens didn’t usually have access to colour film.

Bravo 17 May 1979

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A couple of lovebirds, on occasion of a four-page feature of new beach fashions, on the cover of Bravo of 17 May 1979. This week 40 years ago, Germany’s youth read about:

• This is how the Beatles are today
• Status Quo’s new live show
• Introducing singer Lene Lovich
• Nina Hagen: the bigmouth that knows no boundaries
• Shaun Cassidy works on new LP, new tour
• Fans besiege Leslie McKeown’s house
• Musical Hair has become a film
• How singer Ingrid Peters found her dream man
• Profile of Promises singer Leslie Knauer