Did the Sound of Rock and Roll Break the Wall?

Sometimes an event becomes so famous that the question is not “Have you heard of it?” but “Where were you when it happened?”. Some people argue that Bruce Springsteen’s 1988 concert in then East Berlin was one of those events.

While even Springsteen drew the line at openly advocating the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, he made his view on the matter abundantly clear when he made a prepared speech in German saying “I’m not here for any government. I’ve come to play rock ‘n’ roll for your in the hope that one day all the barriers will be torn down.” He followed this up with the song “Chimes of Freedom”, just to make sure that people got the point.

Perhaps Springsteen’s tour is best regarded as a symbol of the last gasps of a dying regime before it was finally overcome by the weight of popular dissent. The wall was finally overthrown some 16 months after his historic concert and East Germany celebrated the freedom to reunite with the West and to enjoy such freedoms as travel. For those interested in expanding their horizons with a visit to Australia (which is also home to some of the world’s top musicians), enlisting the services of a NAATI translator will help to ensure that the trip runs smoothly.

"Berlin - Emblem Of Former German Democratic Republic" by franky242

“Berlin – Emblem Of Former German Democratic Republic” by franky242