- 04 Jul 17
Hot Press has lived through some truly extraordinary moments over the past four decades. Over the course of four parts, Olaf Tyaransen rounds up the 40 most seismic events since Hot Press was born.
FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL (1989)
The ‘Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart’ – more commonly known as the Berlin Wall – was a heavily guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. The Eastern Bloc claimed that the wall was erected to protect its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the “will of the people” in building a socialist state in East Berlin. In practice, however, the Wall served to prevent the massive emigration and defection that had marked East Germany and the communist Eastern Bloc during the post-World War II period. U2 were actually hanging around Berlin around the time the Wall finally came down, but it was American singer and actor David Hasselhoff – whose single ‘Looking for Freedom’ was number one in the German charts in the eight weeks preceding the fall of the Wall – who remains almost inexplicably linked in the public mind with this seismic historic moment that reunified Germany. Footage of ‘The Hoff’ playing a free concert on the demolished Wall to tens of thousands of delighted Berliners will undoubtedly be played for centuries to come. The mind boggles!