Free to Rock: How Rock Music Helped End the Cold War (2017)
Social Role of the Arts Series:
Free to Rock: How Rock Music Helped End the Cold War (A 2017 Documentary)
Discussant: John Feffer, Institute for Policy Studies
TIME: Bar opens at 6:30 pm. Film at 7:00pm
FREE TO ROCK, directed by 4-time Emmy winner Jim Brown, is narrated by Kiefer Sutherland. Rock and Roll spread across the Iron Curtain and throughout Eastern Europe and the USSR, despite Communist attempts to outlaw it and to crush what they perceived was a contamination of their youth. For 30 years, thousands of underground bands and millions of young fans helped fuel the nonviolent implosion of the Soviet regime. FREE TO ROCK features presidents, diplomats, spies, and rock stars from the West, the Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe, who reveal how rock and roll music was a contributing factor in ending the Cold War.
John Feffer, our January 2018 expert on N. Korea, is the author of Aftershock: A Journey into Eastern Europe’s Broken Dreams, a book based on eyewitness experience, which explores, among many other things, the impact of rock music on the transformation of the region.
The book will be available for purchase and signing.
PRICE: $20 Members; $25 Non-members. $15 Young Dems/students. Includes hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar.