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Rocking the Wall. Bruce Springsteen: The Berlin Concert That Changed the World (Americans in Berlin) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Erik Kirschbaum , Herbert Schulze
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"Rocking the Wall", the enhanced ebook! This book is about the famed Springsteen concert in 1988 East Berlin; it offers links to the Boss' classic hits on Vevo, powered by YouTube. You will not only read the story, but see the pictures of Bruce and the crowd, and hear the music.

"Rocking the Wall" explores the epic Bruce Springsteen concert in East Berlin on July 19, 1988, and how it changed the world. Erik Kirschbaum spoke to scores of fans and concert organizers on both sides of the Berlin Wall, including Jon Landau, Springsteen's long-time friend and manager, to unearth this fascinating story with lively behind-the-scenes details from eyewitness accounts, magazine and newspaper clippings, TV recordings, and even Stasi files, as well as photos and memorabilia.

This gripping book transports you back in the middle of those heady times shortly before the Berlin Wall fell and gives you a front-row spot at one of the biggest and most exciting rock concerts ever, anywhere. It takes you to an unforgettable journey with Springsteen through the divided city, to his hotel, and his dressing room at the open air concert grounds in Weissensee, where The Boss, live on stage, delivered a courageous speech against the Wall to a record-breaking crowd of more than 300,000 delirious young East Germans full of joy and hope.

Inside this book is as clear a statement of the power of this music as anyone, ever, has come up with.”
— Dave Marsh

"An illuminating and impressively detailed examination of a frequently overlooked moment in the nexus of rock music and political liberation. I learned a great deal and enjoyed doing so."
— Eric Alterman

"It was cultural forces, not merely political or military ones, that won the Cold War … Young East Germans wanted their rock and roll."
The Star Ledger

"...a glorious example of the influence that rock ‘n’ roll can have on people who are hungry and ready for change."
The Washington Post

"… the most politically important rock concert ever held."
Der SPIEGEL, Germany

"Springsteen is still with us. The regime of the German Democratic Republic is not."

"Rocking the Wall also offers a fascinating historical snapshot of Communist cultural officials scrambling to contain the brewing political restlessness all around them."
The Wall Street Journal

"Once in a while you play a place, you play a show that ends up staying inside of you, living with you for the rest of your life.” — The Guardian

"What was intended by East Berlin’s hard-line leadership as a pacifier for their people … had the opposite effect and turned into a powerful agent for change." — The Irish Times

"It was like a brief embrace with the Statue of Liberty."
Global Post

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Erik Kirschbaum, a native of New York City and long-time Springsteen fan, has lived in Germany for more than twenty-five years. He is a correspondent for the Reuters international news agency and a non-fiction author, and is based in Berlin since 1993. He has written about entertainment, politics, sports, economics, renewable energy as well as disasters, earthquakes and climate change in nearly thirty countries in Europe and North America. He is also a devoted father of four, an enthusiastic cyclist, a solar power entrepreneur and an unabashed crusader for renewable energy. Rocking the Wall is his third book.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 9500 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 144 Seiten
  • Verlag: Berlinica Publishing LLC; Auflage: 1 (18. Juni 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00DH8J580
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #271.775 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Mehr über den Autor

Erik Kirschbaum, gebürtiger New Yorker und seit langer Zeit Fan von Bruce Springsteen, lebt seit 25 Jahren in Deutschland, und seit 1993 in Berlin. Er arbeitet als Korrespondent für Reuters und hat für die Nachrichtenagentur aus mehr als 30 Ländern berichtet. Er schreibt über Politik, Sport, Wirtschaft, Unterhaltung und erneuerbare Energien, auch über Naturkatastrophen und globale Erwärmung. Kirschbaum ist Vater von vier teils erwachsenen Kindern, begeisterter Fahrradfahrer, Solarenergie-Unternehmer, und er setzt sich für erneuerbare Energien ein. "Rocking the Wall" ist sein drittes Buch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book! 5. September 2013
Von C. Felder
A great book which gives you a feeling how music can change the world. Good research and clearly written. A must-have for music- and Springsteen fans!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen tolles Buch (in Englisch) 12. Oktober 2013
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als Bruce Springstenn Fan ein must have; auch übt man sich mal wieder in der englischen Sprache; historisch auch interessant
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5.0 von 5 Sternen From One Who Was There... 7. August 2013
Von Mike Spengler - Veröffentlicht auf
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This review is in part a response to Edward Ruppenthal's "most helpful critical review". I was in the horn section for the 1988 "Tunnel Of Love" tour, and so was part of the East Berlin concert. I've been in touch with author Erik Kirshbaum and have sent him my recollections from before, during, and after the concert. It's possible he might include my memories in a future updated version- either e-book or print.

Having said that, I found Erik's book to be well-written and detailed as befitting a fine journalist working with sources at hand. Quite a bit of what he's written dovetails with my recollections, and there is quite a bit that is new information to me. His interview-based thesis that the concert inspired a lot of younger East Germans to become more actively hopeful about change is well-argued, although I find myself more in agreement with Jon Landau's thoughts about it (pg.126-paperback edition). It was fun reading the updated memories of the young woman who was brought onstage for "Dancing In The Dark" (pg. 103). I'm sure all 200,000-plus people who were there remember her... I do...:-)

My only (very) minor quibble with it is the lack of an index- which just reflects my being the son of writers. For not just Bruce fans, but for historians recalling the changes of the last half of the 20th Century, it is a valuable work...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Springsteen -- the background music for discontented East Germans 13. August 2013
Von Tom Heneghan - Veröffentlicht auf
The history of great events in written in several phases. First come the journalists, who knit together as many facts and as much analysis as they can on the fly to answer the burning question "what's happening?" When the dust settles, some journalists and historians with quick reflexes produce books that stand back and put the event into greater perspective, usually with new details and insight the frontline reporters could not have had. After that come further waves of history writing, some taking an ever wider perspective and some drilling down into details of the event. The best of the latter reflect some of the former.

When Erik Kirschbaum, one of my Reuters colleagues from the 1990s, told me about his idea for "Rocking The Wall: Bruce Springsteen: The Untold Story of a Concert in East Berlin That Changed the World," I was intrigued. As the Reuters chief correspondent for Germany in 1989, I wrote one of those first drafts of history, pumping out the news hour after hour after the Berlin Wall opened. My colleagues and I followed the story for several more years, learning more and more about the once opaque communist system and how it fell apart. The first wave of books came out in the early 1990s, giving far more details and insight into the politics that led to the peaceful revolution of 1989 and the way the two halves of Germany organized and carried out their reunification. My book "Unchained Eagle: Germany after the Wall," published in 2000, retold the story from the top-down political perspective.

I'd heard about some Western rock stars or groups playing in East Germany in the late 1980s, but by mid-1989, when I took up my post in Bonn, the political issues were so dominant that these details didn't seem interesting. Maybe I wasn't enough of a Springsteen fan at the time, maybe I didn't have the luck that Erik had to find a taxi driver who told such a gripping story about his 1988 East Berlin concert. Whatever the reason was, I - like all the other journalists writing the big East-West German saga in those days -- didn't drill down as far as Erik did to recount the story he tells.

But history thankfully isn't a closed book. So when Erik heard 14 years later about the Woodstock effect that the Springsteen concert had in East Germany, he knew this was one of those stories that would enrich our understanding of how the apparently most successful of all the communist states collapsed so quickly. There are several political explanations for why the East Germans lost their fear of the repressive state - the main one in my book was that success of the courageous October 9 demonstration in Leipzig, when the Stasi troops did not mow down the marchers, emboldened East Berliners to hold a peaceful mass demo at Alexanderplatz on November 4 and then flock to the Wall to force it open five days later.

But that courage the Leipzig demonstrators showed probably had to come also from somewhere or something stronger than just mounting political frustration. There must have been some kind of inspiration too. Like the anti-Vietnam war protest music I listened to in the 1960s, concerts like Springsteen's and some audacious songs by local artists (like the expelled singer Wolf Biermann, the very popular but eventually banned Klaus Renft Combo and others) provided the cultural support for East German dissenters. Erik has done the research and conducted the interviews to show how all this became the background music for the discontented who finally took to the streets chanting "Wir sind das Volk" (We are the people). They were the sound track for East Germans who didn't "need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."

As a colleague of Erik's, I'm pleased for him to see how well he's uncovered this aspect of East German cultural history and placed it firmly in the wider perspective of the political story we were covering at the time. As an amateur historian, I have to admit I'm envious of the story he got and wish I'd had this perspective in my own book. Erik has taken our understanding of East Germany's "peaceful revolution" several steps further than the previous waves of history writing had done. And he's done it in such a readable way that both Springsteen fans and contemporary European history buffs will enjoy it.

Great job, Erik!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating story...a must-read fror Springsteen fans! 9. Juli 2013
Von Karin Scandella - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is a great book that really got me thinking about how the Cold War really ended. Why do people always assume that it takes takes and nuclear missiles to win wars...this time it was rock 'n' roll that helped end the Cold War. I think it's time to take a new look at all the factors that went into the collapse of the Berlin Wall and this book really opened my eyes about a lot of things. I couldn't stop reading this thing once I started and finished it in a day. Great story and well worth the money.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen July 19, 1988...remember the date! 23. Juli 2013
Von G. Joseph - Veröffentlicht auf
This is an absolute must read for the millions of Springsteen fans, and as importantly, for those students of post WW II politics and history.

The narrative reads like a suspense novel, from the the geopolitics of Central American communism, to the once secret Stasi files, to the East German dictionary definition of "rock and roll", to the young Fraulein dancing in a dream-like state on stage with Bruce in 1988.

Kirschbaum provides intimate details, through first-hand accounts, into the lives of ordinary East Germans, and insight into the minds of the government elite, via a well crafted, and extraordinary well researched chronicle of events in Cold War Europe.

We feel the pain, and joy of the protagonists, and know that Springsteen had a vision for his visit, which, as is his, style, "to always do things for the greater good", provide hope, when there may not seem to be any, empower the masses through the magic of music, and to always believe that change can occur; and in this story, the change that occurred ultimately had a profound impact on the current world order.

July 19, 1988...remember the date!

G. Joseph
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Well Researched 30. August 2013
Von Man of La Book - Veröffentlicht auf
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Rock­ing the Wall: Bruce Spring­steen: The Berlin Con­cert that Changed the World by Eric Kirschbaum is a non-fiction book about a 1988 Spring­steen con­cert in East Berlin, Ger­many. Mr. Kirschbaum got the idea for the book in a taxi com­ing back from a 2002 Spring­steen con­cert in Berlin, when the cab dri­ver told him about the incred­i­ble night which changed the country.

This is a short book and a fast read. It is espe­cially poignant for those of us who actu­ally remem­ber a place called East Berlin.

I call New Jer­sey my home state, it's under­stand­able that Bruce Spring­steen is a mega star there, heck, I knew peo­ple who went to school with him. What's amaz­ing is that this local boy became a huge mega star not only in the coun­try, but for a while was the biggest rock star on the planet.

The first few chap­ters give an over­all, and quick, his­tory of East Berlin and the oppres­sion the peo­ple felt. The chap­ters set up the sig­nif­i­cance of Spring­steen being allowed to play behind the Iron Cur­tain. While sev­eral peo­ple seem to take credit for this spec­tac­u­lar event, it seemed that they were all work­ing par­al­lel and the stars of soci­ety and his­tory were sim­ply aligned for this to take place.

At the same time that Springsteen's pro­mot­ers requested per­mis­sion to play in East Berlin, the Free Ger­man Youth group came up with the same idea. Spring­steen, a lib­eral singer who did not sup­port the cur­rent Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent (Rea­gan), was seen as a way to appease Ger­man youths into believ­ing that change is around the cor­ner (in a social­ist, com­mu­nist, repres­sive way). The con­cert was sold to the com­mu­nist author­i­ties as a fund raiser to Nicaragua. That con­nec­tion almost ruined the con­cert and gave Spring­steen the oppor­tu­nity to say a short, but pow­er­ful anti-wall speech dur­ing his performance.

This is a well researched, inter­est­ing book about a fas­ci­nat­ing slice of his­tory. The author tries to say that Spring­steen had a part in the rev­o­lu­tion that took place later on to take down the Berlin Wall, whether he did or did not we'll never know - but we'd like to think he might have.

Dis­claimer: I got this book for free
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