Berlin is often hailed as the world's techno capital, boasting some of the best and most famous clubs in the world including Berghain and Tresor. Today, the vibrant night life of the German capital attracts ravers and the best DJs in droves but how did the mechanical beats which merged in Detroit in the mid-1980s end up in Berlin? On this episode of History Stories we will explore the roots of Berlin's techno scene. Why did Berliners adopt the genre as the perfect soundtrack to the fall of the wall as abandoned bunkers, power plants and factories in the east of the city swarmed with clubbers from both sides celebrating their freedom. We talk to world-renowned DJs including Paul Van Dyk and Ellen Allien, nightclub owners and festival organisers to find out how Techno became the sound of Berlin.
Report: Christian Weibezahn
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