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Coming Soon: How Rock Rolled Up the Iron Curtain
Big Hollywood ^ | Friday, June 4, 2010 | Larry Schweikart

Posted on 06/04/2010 10:24:09 AM PDT by kristinn

Most (good) history books correctly portray the collapse of communism as due to the efforts of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II. But there were other subversive elements at work, not the least of which was rock and roll, which bled through the Iron Curtain at an unstoppable level. In Seven Events that Made America America, I examined rock’s part in not only providing a source of hope and optimism for those youth locked under communism’s grip, but also how it became a subversive force within the East Bloc. Through interviews with American rock and rollers of the “Golden Era” (1965-1990), I found an awareness on the part of the musicians of the oppressive nature of communism.

After I had sent the book off, Marc Leif, a documentary director and superb editor, and I got together to discuss a documentary film based on the rock chapter. As a professor, I’d never raised any money in my life, but now I had to raise a considerable sum to make a movie about rock and roll! We began filming in January 2010, with one of our first interviews being Leslie Mandoki, a Hungarian student leader who crawled through a sewer to escape communism. “We ALL wanted to be Americans!” he insisted. (Mandoki has become quite successful, not only in mainstream European rock, but as the music director for Audi and Volkswagen). As he thrived in the West, Mandoki soon traveled in circles with some well known people, including Bill Clinton and Mikhael Gorbachev, and was surprised to hear Gorby tell him that “we couldn’t keep out rock and roll.”

SNIP

Rockin’ the Wall will be out in August and the website/trailer can be seen here.

(Excerpt) Read more at bighollywood.breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Germany; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alabama; ironcurtain; larryschweikart; rockandroll; russianchoir

1 posted on 06/04/2010 10:24:10 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: LS

The trailer looks good! Good luck with the book and film!


2 posted on 06/04/2010 10:25:09 AM PDT by kristinn (I am a footnote in Sean Hannity's new book, Conservative Victory. Pgs 239, 240)
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To: kristinn
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3 posted on 06/04/2010 10:28:42 AM PDT by b4its2late (Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you 30 cents?)
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To: kristinn

Any movie that combines rock’n’roll with Reagan saying, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” is pretty cool!


4 posted on 06/04/2010 10:35:42 AM PDT by karnage (worn arguments and old attitudes)
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To: kristinn

Rock and roll is an insidious force. Just check out the Red Russian Army Choir and the Leningrad Cowboys doing ‘Sweet Home Alabama’.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UuFJoexdlU


5 posted on 06/04/2010 10:38:41 AM PDT by telebob
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To: kristinn

Wind Of Change - Scorpions Berlin Wall Slide Show

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n69ctPRbdQ


6 posted on 06/04/2010 10:47:03 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ("The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants"-Albert Camus)
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To: karnage

Had an immediate thought of 99 Luft Balloons & hairy armpits.

Thanks alot


7 posted on 06/04/2010 10:47:50 AM PDT by LadyBuck (In the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au revoir, gopher')
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To: telebob

love it!


8 posted on 06/04/2010 10:50:38 AM PDT by Nevadan
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To: kristinn

Thanks.


9 posted on 06/04/2010 10:50:44 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: telebob

That’s too much. No question who won the Cold War.


10 posted on 06/04/2010 10:53:11 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: LadyBuck

2 Many DJs actually did a mosh of 99 Luft Balloons and some rap song.


11 posted on 06/04/2010 10:53:51 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: kristinn; LS

I know it’s only rock and roll....but I like it.


12 posted on 06/04/2010 10:59:59 AM PDT by Valin
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To: LS

Yup...blue jeans and rock ‘n roll brought down an empire.


13 posted on 06/04/2010 11:02:22 AM PDT by telebob
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To: kristinn

Unfortunately, once the wall fell, the quality of East European rock’n’roll fell with it, as the disco, techno, [c]rap mass producing hit factories from the West moved in.


14 posted on 06/04/2010 11:06:28 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!
The legend - Czeslaw Niemen

Niemen's Enigmatic is simply one of the greatest albums ever made in any language, IMHO.

15 posted on 06/04/2010 11:11:54 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: telebob

If I had heard the song without linking to it, I would never have know it was Russians singing it. I enjoyed it.


16 posted on 06/04/2010 11:18:23 AM PDT by Enterprise (So tell me libs, if there had been blow out at ANWR, could it ever have matched BP's?)
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To: kristinn

“...an awareness on the part of the musicians of the oppressive nature of communism.”

So why are so freakin’ many of them wandering around out there in left field?


17 posted on 06/04/2010 11:23:51 AM PDT by beelzepug (This administration is a tagline-rich environment.)
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To: telebob

In the film, we interviewed an East German woman who bartered a “Spooky Tooth” album for headphones and speakers (absolutely unavailable there) or the equivalent of a week’s wages. Another guy, a Romanian, told us that he sold albums for about $80 American dollars (1970s $$).


18 posted on 06/04/2010 11:38:21 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: telebob
I LOVE IT!!!!
19 posted on 06/04/2010 11:40:28 AM PDT by Valin
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To: LS
> Another guy, a Romanian, told us that he sold albums for about $80 American dollars (1970s $$).

According to Measuring Worth - Seven Ways to Compute the Relative Value of a U.S. Dollar Amount, 1774 to Present

http://www.measuringworth.com/uscompare/

In 2009 (last year it will calculate), $80.00 from 1970 is worth:

$442.00 using the Consumer Price Index
$361.00 using the GDP deflator
$454.00 using the unskilled wage
$532.00 using the Production Worker Compensation
$733.00 using the nominal GDP per capita
$1,100.00 using the relative share of GDP

20 posted on 06/04/2010 11:58:57 AM PDT by ADemocratNoMore (Jeepers, Freepers, where'd 'ya get those sleepers?. Pj people, exposing old media's lies.)
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To: 537cant be wrong; Aeronaut; bassmaner; Bella_Bru; Big Guy and Rusty 99; Brian Allen; cgk; ...

21 posted on 06/04/2010 12:06:22 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: telebob
Yup...blue jeans and rock ‘n roll brought down an empire.

Blue jeans, burgers, car culture, and rock and roll.

Pillar by pillar the signs of "Americana" are being knocked down.

For all intensive purposes, rock music (on a large cultural scale) was dead after 1994 when the suits shoved grunge and independent music out the door for another wave of choreographed lip synching boy bands.

Look at the acts playing the big sheds and selling the top tours. Nothing new down the pike. There are plenty of worthwhile bands but the corporations won't ackowlege them.

There was rock and roll between 1959 and 1964 too but again, we are told after Buddy Holly, there was nothing until the Beatles.

Burgers are "now" called unhealthy.

Cars must be made smaller, less exiting, and cruising and drive throughs and road trips are OUT.

And Levis aren't the jeans they once were. Cheap denim and poor quality control when it comes to sizing (plus a manufactured "sag" because the masses are told "that baggy look is in now").

Comic books were killed (just a cottage industry over the titles that sold 10s of millions in their prime). Movies are made for foreign consumption over US interest (truth justice and all that...).

Homes with front yards are old hat, buy a condo skyrise instead...

Never used to be told you couldn't have a hearty toilet or incandescent light bulbs.

Our president says we can't even set our thermostats at whatever we'd like to.

There has been a conscious effort to kill of the America of the 20th century.

22 posted on 06/04/2010 12:14:45 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: ADemocratNoMore

LOL. Great source.


23 posted on 06/04/2010 12:29:27 PM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: dfwgator; a fool in paradise
Zgredybillies. A great new band!
24 posted on 06/04/2010 12:34:50 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: kristinn

A statue of Frank Zappa in Vilnius, Lithuania.

25 posted on 06/04/2010 1:36:41 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Didn't FZ reference that he attended Ben Frank...I thought this was in reference to Benjamin Franklin Elementary in Brooklyn, Md.

Nah....guess not. No statue there.

26 posted on 06/04/2010 1:40:48 PM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: kristinn

While we all thought the Iron Curtain was there to keep its citizens from escaping (and that’s true) It appears at this time it may also have been holding back Communism from flooding the United States.


27 posted on 06/04/2010 2:20:47 PM PDT by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: telebob

I watched it again and they sing it again, different costumes. And the lady dancers were a kick. Then after that, they sing another song and show clips of the suffering of the people. Some of it appears to be WWI, some of it the gulags, and a bit from the revolution period.


28 posted on 06/04/2010 5:25:11 PM PDT by Enterprise (So tell me libs, if there had been blow out at ANWR, could it ever have matched BP's?)
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To: a fool in paradise

Everything you list is good reason why conservatives always need to be enemies of the state.

Rock and roll is about individualism and thumbing ones’ nose at the establishment.

Long live rock and roll...


29 posted on 06/04/2010 7:19:23 PM PDT by telebob
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To: kristinn

Thanks for posting this article,and i feel that we rockers must stick together.


30 posted on 06/15/2010 3:19:47 PM PDT by Rockerwolf
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