Burning Down the Haus

Burning Down the Haus

Tim Mohr

Tim Mohr

Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall
(Algonquin Books, 2018)

A group of East Berlin teens heard the Sex Pistols on a radio broadcast meant for British troops stationed in West Berlin, and it changed their lives. They were captivated by the music, clothes, hair, and rebellious spirit. But Communism didn’t tolerate rebels. As the teens formed bands and became noticed by the secret police, they were spied upon and betrayed by friends and family members. Despite being kicked out of school, losing jobs, and ending up in jail, they did not give up. They became involved in underground efforts that contributed to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany.

1:30 PM | Lewes Public Library


Tim Mohr,
who once earned his living as a club DJ in Berlin, spent several years as a staff editor at Playboy and collaborated on memoirs with musicians Gil Scott-Heron, Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses, and Paul Stanley of KISS.