Book Discussion Tim Mohr on “Burning Down the Haus“

Tim Mohr Photo (detail): © Thomas Hoefgen

Wed, 10/23/2019

Vinal Edge

239 W 19th St.
Houston, TX 77008

East German Punk and the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Kicking off a series of events timed to the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Tim Mohr presents his book BURNING DOWN THE HAUS: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall in conversation with Vinal Edge’s Chuck Roast and punk historian David Ensminger.
Book cover “Burning Down the Haus“ © Algonquin Books Telling the little-known story of a group of East German kids who rebelled and helped set the world on fire, BURNING DOWN THE HAUS takes readers on a fascinating trip through the 1980s. Rejecting the dismal, pre-ordained futures that the state tried to impose on them, these teenagers embraced punk—the aesthetic, the music, the liberating feeling of collective anarchy—and defied the dictatorship. Banding together, they faced down surveillance, repression, beatings, and even imprisonment as they fought to create and control their own, individual futures.


This (literally) secret history of the (literally) revolutionary 1980s East German punk rock scene is both a cultural revolution and a thrilling read.

Rolling Stone

Tim Mohr is an award-winning literary translator of authors such as Alina Bronsky, Wolfgang Herrndorf, and Charlotte Roche. He has also collaborated on memoirs by musicians Gil Scott-Heron, Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses, and Paul Stanley of KISS. His own writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, New York Magazine, and Inked, among other publications. He also spent several years as a staff editor at Playboy magazine, where he edited Hunter S. Thompson, John Dean, and Harvey Pekar, and many others. Prior to starting his writing career he earned his living as a club DJ in Berlin.