Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall

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It began with a handful of East Berlin teens who heard the Sex Pistols on a British military radio broadcast to troops in West Berlin, and it ended with the collapse of the East German dictatorship. Punk rock was a life-changing discovery. The buzz-saw guitars, the messed-up clothing and hair, the rejection of society and the DIY approach to building a new one: In their gray surroundings, where everyone's future was preordained by some communist apparatchik, punk represented a revolutionary philosophy-quite literally, as it turned out.

But as the East German punks became more numerous, more visible, and more rebellious, security forces-including the dreaded secret police, the Stasi-targeted them. They were spied on by friends and even members of their own families; they were expelled from schools and jobs; they were beaten by police and imprisoned. Instead of backing down, the punks fought back, playing an indispensable role in the underground movements that helped bring down the Berlin Wall.

The story of East German punk rock is about much more than music; it is a spellbinding cultural and political history that also serves as a rallying cry against authoritarianism everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684414642
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Tim Mohr is an award-winning translator of authors including Alina Bronsky and Wolfgang Herrndorf. He has collaborated on memoirs by musicians Gil Scott-Heron, Duff McKagan of Guns n' Roses, and Paul Stanley of KISS. His own writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, New York Magazine, and other publications.

Matthew Lloyd Davies is a veteran actor, audiobook narrator, and director. Throughout his acting career, he has made regular appearances with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre, in the West End, on international tours, and in award-winning television shows and films.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction 1

I Too Much Future 7

II Oh Bondage Up Yours! 77

III Combat Rock 121

IV Rise Above 191

V Burning from the Inside 249

VI Disintegration 297

VII Lust for Life 333

Acknowledgments 357

Bibliography 361

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