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

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Can music cause revolutions? Punk rock hit the United States in the early 1970s and went global shortly thereafter. Disaffected youth felt the beat and caustic lyrics spewed by lead singers with a hair-trigger temper and sneers to boot. The life of the average teenager in East & West Germany was dominated by the dividing wall erected in Berlin in response to the rising tensions of the Cold War. The lives lived on either side of the wall were led by routine and propaganda, and the threat of annihilation by the Americans or Soviets loomed as a sword of Damocles. Punk music smuggled in or heard on a pirate radio station offered a bastion of freedom, the listener becoming emboldened with each wayward note. Embracing of the punk lifestyle offered a way out of the monotony, yet also brought with it perils in the form of surveillance of the dreaded Stasi. Was rebellion worth the risk of imprisonment? Those who defied the system would be the ones to ask.

Burning Down the Haus is not your average history book. This is the antithesis of compromise and treaty leading to solution, more of a direct thumbing of the nose at government. An eclectic cast of characters guide the way to an organized anarchy against the socialist and totalitarian governments. This is a timeless book for the history and the present.

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Author Tim Mohr
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 384 pages
Publisher Algonquin Books
Publish Date 2018-Sep-11
ISBN 9781616208431
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Issue January 2019
Category History


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