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Hansa Studios - By The Wall 1976-90

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Genre: Factual
Production Year: 2018
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Broadcaster: Sky Arts Italia, Sky Arts UK and Sky Arts Deutschland
Producer: Sky Arts Production Hub

Few recording studios in the world can claim to have hosted the simply incredible list of musicians that found their way into Berlin's Hansa Studios, producing classic after classic and none offered the unique environment this studio complex, standing virtually alone in the wasteland of West Berlin's Potsdamer Platz, metres from the Berlin Wall. It was a studio at the very edge of the western world. Here, David Bowie immortalised the same wall in "Heroes", while his flat mate Iggy Pop found a Lust For Life and was inspired to write "The Passenger" riding the city's U-Bahn and S-Bahn. Countless notable, international artists followed including Siouxsie & The Banshees, Nick Cave and U2 - whose "Achtung Baby" sessions were the final chapter in the studio's incredible 20th century life. With access to the artists who recorded there such as REM, Depeche Mode and Supergrass, engineers and producers, as well as the studios and its evocative archive, the film tells the story of how the studio, previously famous for being only a domestic German pop hit factory, came to define a European sound for a whole generation of musicians.

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