Einstuerzende Neubauten's "Elektrokohle (Von Wegen)"

German avant garde/industrial act Einstürzende Neubauten marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall next month with the release of “Elektrokohle (Von Wegen),” a concert film documenting the band’s first foray into East Berlin on Dec. 21, 1989.

The month after the wall began to come down, Neubauten played two concerts in one night at the Wilhelm-Pieck Hall of the industrial plant VEB Elektrokohle. (The early show was broadcast on East Berlin radio and long has been bootlegged; one of the songs also was included on the 1991 compilation Strategies Against Architecture II.)

According to Side-Line Music Magazine, the new DVD includes a 76-minute concert, followed by 74 minutes of interviews with Einstürzende Neubauten and director Uli M. Schueppel, as well as the short film “Dekonstrucktion.”

The film’s distributor notes:

“This film is not a pure ‘live’ movie — it does capture Neubauten’s first live gig in East Germany, but it is also in the first place a documentary movie about the divided Berlin in its last days before re-unification; a documentary about the clash of Western (capitalist) with Eastern (communist) culture in those legendary days of radical change in Berlin.”

The DVD, set for release Nov. 3, is available here, but please note it’s in European PAL format (Region 0) and not compatible with basic American players. And it’s in German with English and French subtitles.

See a preview of Einstürzende Neubauten’s “Elektrokohle (Von Wegen)” after the jump…

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