Berlin has had thriving underground cultural scenes for a long time. Even during
the height of the cold war, both East and West Berlin had underground music,political and cultural scenes of all variety. A new book by Paul Hockenos,
“Berlin Calling”, delves into the history of the last fifty years of underground sub-cultures that Berlin has offered up. From post war activists and artists,
from both sides of the Iron Curtain to post re-unification of Germany,
there is a rich history of influence and influential sub cultures.
- ‘Berlin Calling, A Story of Anarchy, Music, the Wall, and the Birth of the New Berlin’ by writer, Paul Hockenos, took fifty years to research and live.
- It details his first hand experiences, regarding the German capital’s underground music and political scene.
- The book includes personal interviews and cites so many groups and Disc jockeys, one reviewer felt a bit overwhelmed.
“The subculture’s loss is the mainstream’s gain. It becomes broader, richer, more hybrid.”