Rocking the Wall. Bruce Springsteen: The Berlin Concert That Changed the World. the Untold Story How the Boss Played Behind the Iron Curtain, and How

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Rocking the Wall explores the epic Bruce Springsteen concert in East Berlin on July 19, 1988, and how it changed the world. Erik Kirschbaum spoke to scores of fans and concert organizers on both sides of the Berlin Wall, including Jon Landau, Springsteen's long-time friend and manager, to unearth this fascinating story. With lively behind-the-scenes details from eyewitness accounts, magazine and newspaper clippings, TV recordings, and even Stasi files, as well as photos and memorabilia, this gripping book ...
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Overview

Rocking the Wall explores the epic Bruce Springsteen concert in East Berlin on July 19, 1988, and how it changed the world. Erik Kirschbaum spoke to scores of fans and concert organizers on both sides of the Berlin Wall, including Jon Landau, Springsteen's long-time friend and manager, to unearth this fascinating story. With lively behind-the-scenes details from eyewitness accounts, magazine and newspaper clippings, TV recordings, and even Stasi files, as well as photos and memorabilia, this gripping book transports you back in the middle of those heady times shortly before the Berlin Wall fell and gives you a front-row spot at one of the biggest and most exciting rock concerts ever, anywhere. It takes you to an unforgettable journey with Springsteen through the divided city, to his hotel, and his dressing room at the open air concert grounds in Weissensee, where The Boss, live on stage, delivered a courageous speech against the Wall to a record-breaking crowd of more than 300,000 delirious young East Germans full of joy and hope. Their thunderous reaction to his speech was so intense that it even briefly brought tears to Springsteen's eyes. And their tremendous, powerful cry for freedom became the "final nail in the coffin" of the Communist regime and subsequently helped fuel the uprising that brought down the Wall.

Erik Kirschbaum, a native of New York City and long-time Springsteen fan, has lived in Germany for more than twenty-five years and in Berlin since 1993. He is a correspondent for the Reuters international news agency and has written about entertainment, politics, sports, economics, as well as disasters and climate change in nearly thirty countries. He is a devoted father of four, an enthusiastic cyclist, a solar power entrepreneur and an unabashed crusader for renewable energy. Rocking the Wall is his third book.

Praise for Rocking The Wall

Inside this book is as clear a statement of the power of this music as anyone, ever, has come up with." -Dave Marsh

"An illuminating and impressively detailed examination of a frequently overlooked moment in the nexus of rock music and political liberation. I learned a great deal and enjoyed doing so." -Eric Alterman

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  • ISBN-13: 9781935902737
  • Publisher: Berlinica
  • Publication date: 6/19/2013
  • Pages: 146
  • Sales rank: 838,599
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    This a fascinating book...Springsteen concerts are epic, but thi

    This a fascinating book...Springsteen concerts are epic, but this book about a concert in East Berlin on July 19, 1988 is
    unreal.
    The author transports you back to a very different time. The World was locked in a Cold War, with the very future of the world in the balance. This concert was somehow permitted, and somehow the East German Organizers were able to convince the ruling party that this was a good thing. Springsteen even managed a short speech in which he told the crowed of over 300,000 that he was not for or against any govenment and that he came to play music with the hope that someday there would be no barriers. Nearly every person in East Germany either heard the concert in person, or heard it on radio waves from the west, or watched it being re-broadcast on TV from the west. To have the balls to make this kind of statement from East Germany was amazing. Kennedy and Reagan both made their requests to tear down the wall from the safety of the west. This book gives you many different viewpoints, from the East German promoters, Springsteen's manager, youth leaders, music critics, Springsteen's driver, his tour-guide,concert goers, politcians and historians. This is a great read and you will not be able to put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Fascinating Story - a 'must-read' for all Springsteen fans!! Thi

    Fascinating Story - a 'must-read' for all Springsteen fans!!
    This is a great book that really got me thinking about how the Cold War really ended. Why do people always assume that it takes takes and nuclear missiles to win wars...this time it was rock 'n' roll that helped end the Cold War. I think it's time to take a new look at all the factors that went into the collapse of the Berlin Wall and this book really opened my eyes about a lot of things. I couldn't stop reading this thing once I started and finished it in a day. Great story and well worth the money

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