Rockin The Wall: How Music Ripped The Iron Curtain (DVD)
Genre : Other
Label : Lightyear/Video Project
Link : http://www.rockinthewall.com
There aren’t many people in this generation that might remember how rash and how dangerous the Cold War was; movies such as The Day After showed us the grave consequences of what might have happened had a confrontation slipped out of control between NATO and Warsaw Pact countries. Yet it was more about the ideology that split our societies apart rather than nuclear weapons.
In a world where we take our culture for granted, it’s hard to believe that the music, the fashion, and just about anything from The West was banned throughout half of Europe for nearly half a century. But this music that was being broadcast over the airwaves from Radio Free Europe would eventually give people in oppressed countries such as The USSR, Poland, and Hungary a voice to stand up and hear what society beyond the Berlin Wall and beyond The Iron Curtain was really like; they too wanted their share of it and over time it finally happened.
As rock and roll’s embryonic stages in the 1950’s helped distract teenage youth from thoughts of nuclear annihilation and begin to create the coming of age soundtrack for rebellious American youth, it’s raw power and energy became a friend, a symbol of hope for those who lived in fear and were deprived of democracy. The Documentary Rockin The Wall: How Music Ripped The Iron Curtain takes us on a journey through Cold War Europe with the stories of how this music was banned and seen as a threat to what was seen by the communists, as the proper way of life. Escapes through railway tunnels, the smell and sights of freedom, friends who turned out to be spies, a soldier destroying someone’s Yes album, the tension of bands having to go through customs, the fear of being sent to prison camps, bootleg recordings, plus the anguish and the longing for something else; we are there with them, we feel the pain and the tension. Yet the signs of things to come were prevalent as well; rock music being allowed in Russia, bands finally getting to tour behind the Iron Curtain, and even stories of how Russian soldiers themselves were fans of the music (often wanting autographs from bands going through customs), showing that even those in the government couldn’t be kept down for long.
It didn’t happen overnight, but eventually the walls came down and a weight was lifted off the shoulders of many who were starved for freedom. Stories from members of Vanilla Fudge and Mother’s Finest, whom the latter saw first hand the actual strain of events having played West Berlin many times during the cold war; other appearances from Robbie Krieger, Rudy Sarzo, as well as a whole host of Eastern musicians and music fans give us their account on how music affected them and how the political events inspired not only lyrics, but also the tone and the vibe of the music as well. It’s an account into a world that was and how no one should ever underestimate the power of rock music. In the end it’s the words of Bob Geldolf that rein true, as he once made the statement that “The international language isn’t English, it’s Rock and Roll,” can’t argue with him on that.
Copyright & Publishing: 2014 Tommy Hash for Ytsejam.com