Skip to comments."Rockin' the Wall" (film by LS) to Premiere at March on D.C.
Posted on 07/25/2010 5:16:28 AM PDT by LS
Our documentary film, "Rockin' the Wall," how rock ripped the Iron Curtain, will premiere in Washington, D.C. at the "March on DC" sponsored by the Tea Party and other affiliated movements, Thursday September 9, 7:00 (and there will be a matinee on Friday, September 10, 1:00) at the Omni-Shoreham Hotel. I will briefly introduce both showings, and will have a short speaking spot at the Mall on September 11.
The film features interviews with 60s-70s rock and rollers from both sides of the Iron Curtain, particularly those who played near or behind the Iron Curtain, including members of the Doors, Vanilla Fudge, Quiet Riot, Yellowjackets, Mother's Finest, Hungarian star rocker and student leader Leslie Mandoki, legendary record producer Shadow Morton ("Inna-Gadda-Da-Vita," the "Shangri-las"), plus "witnesses" who lived under Soviet and European communism who discuss the power of music to keep their hopes alive and to subvert the system. We also have interviews with a historian who took a group of students there in 1986; with a Romanian black-market record dealer; a Hollywood score-writer; legal counsel for Voice of America in the Reagan Administration; and many, many others. The film has a powerful and rockin' soundtrack of original music and music of the day, including original new songs by Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge, Mother's Finest, and a young killer group called Mays Gone, as well as tunes you'll instantly recognize.
The trailer is available for viewing here: www.rockinthewall.com
and our sequel, already in pre-production, is "Other Walls to Fall" where we explore the penetration of rock into Korea, China, and Islamic countries.
As always, I'll also have books to sell and/or autograph.
If you can make the March on DC, please plan to attend one of the movie showings. It will be the event of the year. (Last year, "Generation Zero" was the premiered film, and it went viral).
Wow, you’ve been busy.
One of my favorites was a little late to the scene but The Scorpions had a great song about the collapse of the iron curtain called “Wind of Change”
>>The wind of change blows straight
Into the face of time
Like a stormwind that will ring
The freedom bell for peace of mind
Let your balalaika sing
What my guitar wants to say<<
Way to go!
plus "witnesses" who lived under Soviet and European communism who discuss the power of music to keep their hopes alive and to subvert the system.
That's going to be very interesting to hear -- all the best to you with this one, LS.
Rock ripped the wall? Bullshite.
I hope it’s a hit!
” Rock ripped the wall? Bullshite.”
Ah! Sunday morning cheer from the veritable cesspool of verbiage....
Go suck an egg.
Rock focused a lot of attention on the iron curtain from people who really held no political views. I held no real political views at the time but was very aware of the iron curtain and the oppresion it held.
Wish I could be there!
Thanks. I saw some raw cuts a month ago, but my exec producer says it is so powerful it brings you to tears. The final scenes are terrific.
Always like how people dismiss things before they’ve ever read them or seen them.
Kristinn, can you circulate this in all your groups?
I’ll be sure to get it out to the Glenn Beck TV threads.
There’s certainly a case to be made. Looking forward to this.
“And away we go!” Good luck!!
I've read extensively on the matter, as well as being fortunate to be living during the period. You can exaggerate all you wish but the fact is that three-chord repetition-leather pants wearing-rockers played (excuse the pun) no significant factor in the wall's collapse.
Thoughg I'm sure that you'll go on G. Beck's show and assert this, ignoring the actual reasons.
Glad this is finished, Larry!
“Inna-Gadda-Da-Vita” .. the long version lasted almost as long as the “Iron Curtain” did.
Then again, you've not read the book nor seen the film. You just "know." I think that's sort of what the "global warming" people argue---they just "know."
We’ve got an awful lot of armcahir commandos here who know nothing of what they speak...I was alive during that era and fascinated by the whole samizdat/black market movement and I remember reading over and over what our Rock N Roll were doing to win the hearts and minds of the oppressed.
I look forward to seeing this film, Larry!
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... another brick in the wall...
Being familiar with many Polish acts from the 80s, I am very anxious to see this.
Thanks. We couldn’t begin to include in the film all the people we interviewed. Alice Cooper’s producer said people came up to Alice with tears in their eyes thanking him for his music that, quote, “was our lifeline” during the 1980s. Very, very few of these people knew much-—if anything-—about Reagan or Thatcher or even the Pope, but they heard music through short waves, through Radio Free Europe and VOA, and through a massive underground smuggling culture.
Excellent! Rock on!
I was stationed in Augsburg, Germany when Pink Floyd played at the Berlin Wall.
LOL. Floyd would have had them all mellowed out and thinking their Kalashnikovs were giant flower-pods.
I saw LS on C-SPAN recently addressing the Eagle Forum. He did a great job. Looks like a great film.
Saw your Eagle Forum presentation on C-SPAN. Nice job, sir!
Thanks. They didn’t give me much time and I forgot my “stick” with my images, so I had to wing it!
Well, if that was winging it you wang it masterfully. “Wang” is the past tense of “wing”, I suppose. :)