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Author Hockenos, Paul, 1963- author.

Title Berlin calling : a story of anarchy, music, the Wall, and the birth of the new Berlin / Paul Hockenos.

Publication Info. New York : The New Press, 2017.


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 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    943.155 HOC    DUE 12-07-19
 PAS Hill Avenue Branch Non-Fiction    943.155 HOC    Available
Description xiv, 328 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Summary "An exhilarating journey through the subcultures, occupied squats, and late-night scenes in the anarchic first few years of Berlin after the fall of the Wall. Berlin Calling is a gripping account of the 1989 'peaceful revolution' in East Germany that upended communism and the tumultuous years of artistic ferment, political improvisation, and pirate utopias that followed. It's the story of a newly undivided Berlin when protest and punk rock, bohemia and direct democracy, techno and free theater were the order of the day. In a story stocked with fascinating characters from Berlin's highly politicized undergrounds--including playwright Heiner Muller, cult figure Blixa Bargeld of the industrial band Einsturzende Neubauten, the internationally known French Wall artist Thierry Noir, the American multimedia artist Danielle de Picciotto (founder of Love Parade), and David Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust incarnation--Hockenos argues that the DIY energy and raw urban vibe of the early 1990s shaped the new Berlin and still pulses through the city today. Just as Mike Davis captured Los Angeles in his City of Quartz, Berlin Calling is a unique account of how Berlin became hip, and of why it continues to attract creative types from the world over"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-319) and index.
Contents I. West Berlin -- Learning to love the Wall -- Bowie's Berlin -- Wall City rock -- Free Republic of Kreuzberg -- II. East Berlin -- Flowers in the Red Zone -- Glasnost from below -- III. The new Berlin -- The miracle year -- One nation, one state, one city -- Peace, joy, pancakes -- Conclusion : Berlin now.
Subject Berlin (Germany) -- History -- 1990-
Berlin (Germany) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Berlin (Germany) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
City and town life -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century.
Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989.
Social change -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century.
Post-communism -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century.
Political culture -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century.
Popular music -- Germany -- Berlin -- 20th century.
Popular culture -- Germany -- Berlin -- History -- 20th century.
Other Form: Online version: Hockenos, Paul, 1963- Berlin calling. New York : The New Press, 2017 9781620971963 (DLC) 2016055590
ISBN 9781620971956 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
162097195X (hardcover ; alkaline paper)

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