Did David Hasselhoff Help Bring Down The Berlin Wall?
Television star and musical sensation in Germany, David Hasselhoff claims he had a role in bringing the Berlin Wall down. Perhaps with the 20th anniversary fast approaching (November 9th, 1989) it worth re-examining the role Hasselhoff played.
It was in the weeks and months prior to The Berlin Wall coming down, and Hasselhoff's song Looking For Freedom was a smash hit in 1989, just cover of a 1970s German song Auf Der Strasse Nach Suden - and the song has a certain "anthemic" qualities that lent itself the wave of protest sweeping Eastern Europe and Germany in particular that year.
Hasselhoff was invited to sing on New Year's even 1989 in the recently re-united Germany, before hundredes of thousands of people
Hasselhoff speaking to Spielfilm magazine says he was upset he received no recognition .
"I find it a bit sad that there is no photo of me hanging on the walls in the Berlin Museum at Checkpoint Charlie," he told the magazine.
In many ways performing for so many people at such an important time in a nation's history is cerainly a mark of prestige and privilege for any performer, and while Hasselhoff may not have his picture at the museum at Checkpoint Charlie he is confirmed as performer for the anniversary celebrations which will feature performances from Van Morrison, Bryan Adams, Joni Mitchell.