Free To Rock: How Rock & Roll Brought Down The Wall (2 discs)

Free To Rock: How Rock & Roll Brought Down The Wall (2 discs)
Release Date:
20th Nov 2017
Running Time:
180 minutes
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Free To Rock: How Rock & Roll Brought Down The Wall (2 discs)

Free To Rock is the social history of how western rock music spread like a virus across the Iron Curtain, becoming the symbol of freedom under the Soviet regime. And how it helped end the Cold War.

The West's rock icons inspired thousands of underground rock bands and their tens of millions of passionate supporters in Eastern Europe and the USSR. Bands like Flowers, Kino and Plastic People of the Universe sparked a revolutionary youth movement that openly defied the Communist government, survived the KGB crackdowns and fuelled a desire for freedom.

Interviews and performances include:

  • Presidents Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev and Latvian President Vike- Freiberga
  • KGB General Oleg Kalugin
  • NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow
  • Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Elton John, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Scorpions, Cyndi Lauper, Metallica, Stas Namin, Pits "Pete" Anderson, Boris Grebenshikov, Andrey Makarevich, Valery Saifudinov, Yuri Schevchuk
  • Mark Ross, who produced one of the largest free rock concerts in history - outside Moscow in 1991 - two days before the USSR's collapse

Free To Rock is a ten-year production with production funding and support from The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Grammy Museum Foundation and The Stas Namin Centre in Moscow.

Bonus DVD containing a 123 minute film called Rockin’ The Kremlin: Outtakes & Original Stories Behind the Making of Free To Rock – an interesting collection of stories and in depth interviews, with several songs.