From the archive: the punks of East Berlin

It’s 1983, and strange anarchic goings on are witnessed over the Berlin Wall Young people in the west today wouldn’t have known too much about the loss of liberty that the current coronavirus restrictions are imposing, but for those who remember what it was like to live in East Berlin before the Wall came down, it will be all too familiar. Will any youth cultures emerge from the wreckage this time? For the Observer Magazine of 28 August 1983, in ‘Children of the Berlin Wall’, Ian Walker reported from behind the Wall (via a series of one-day visas from West Berlin). ‘Bikers and hippies, skinheads and punks, mohicans and new romantics’, young East Berliners managed against the odds to create an unofficial youth culture. Continue reading...