When a handful of teens living in East Berlin hear the Sex Pistols on a British military broadcast in 1980, something shifted. Courageous young people rose up, despite pushback from schools, families and the Stasi Secret Police. Punks lost their jobs, endured beatings and imprisonment...and played an important role in the underground movements that eventually brought down the Berlin Wall. Tim Mohr’s book, Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution and the Fall of the Berlin Wall (Algonquin), is obviously not just about the music, but what it inspired.
“The true story of how teenage kicks turned into political opposition. Tim Mohr brings to life the saga of a bunch of East German punk rock kids who broke the state that wanted to break them.”—Claire Dederer.