There was no shortage of concerts to help aid in bringing down the Berlin Wall in the late 80’s and early 90’s, and while the most well-known is The Wall – Live in Berlin concert featuring Rodger Waters, David Hasselhoff, Bon Jovi, and more, there is an even more fascinating event that took place in 1988, just over a year before the fall of the wall.
On July 19, 1988, Bruce Springsteen held an unprecedented concert in East Berlin, and some might say it played a vital role in unleashing “a revolutionary spirit in Communist East Germany that helped bring down the Berlin Wall just 16 months later.” Despite the concerts significance, there is a vast amount of untold information on the concert and how it came to be. That is about to change with “Rocking the Wall: The Berlin Concert that Changed the World”, a brand new book and multimedia project coming from Berlinica Publishing.
The book’s author, Erik Kirschbaum, gathered the stories of “fans who traveled hundreds of miles to the concert” along with the “concert organizers from the communist youth organization from East Berlin…, Springsteen’s driver, his East Berlin translator, and also with Jon Landau, Springsteen’s long-time manager and close friend.” These firsthand accounts of the monumental event, and Kirschbaum’s rare access to Stasi files and broadcast footage, will go a long way towards telling the behind the scenes story.
While the book is near completion with plans to be released before the 25th anniversary of the concert, Berlinica has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help finance the project. The $1,500 goal is actually close to being funded, with 21 days to go, and early backers will get access to some great rewards, including a copies of the book and an actual piece of the Berlin Wall. Its not too late to offer your support.
According to the Kickstarter page, Berlinica is raising the money to cover “picture rights, production costs, graphic design, travel, translations and editing, especially to get the book out in all these different formats and translated into German.” The goal is to also sell copies of the book to European fans at Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball Tour this summer. It sounds like a great story for music lovers and historians alike.