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Burning down the haus : punk rock, revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall

Tim Mohr (Author)
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: in an authoritarian state where the future was preordained, punk, with its rejection of society and DIY approach to building a new one, planted the seeds for revolution. As these kids began to form bands, they also became more visible, and security forces - including the dreaded secret police, the Stasi - targeted them. They were spied on by friends and family; they were expelled from schools and fired from jobs; they were beaten by police and imprisoned. But instead of conforming, the punks fought back, playing an indispensable role in the underground movement that helped bring down the Berlin Wall. Rollicking, cinematic and thrillingly topical, this secret history brings to life the young men and women who successfully fought authoritarianism three chords at a time
Print Book, English, 2020
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Dialogue Books, London, 2020
ix, 363 pages, 9 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 20 cm.
9780349701288, 0349701288
Originally published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2018