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Musical Nostalgia
Free to Rock

Free to Rock

Friday, July 28, at 10 p.m.
Repeats Saturday, July 29, at 4 a.m.

Also airs on Fusion on Sunday, July 30, at 10 p.m.

Ten years in the making, FREE TO ROCK explores how American rock ‘n’ roll contributed to the end of the Cold War.

In the eyes of the Soviet Ministry of Culture, Western rock music combined the twin evils of spreading the English language and encouraging illicit free enterprise. It was prohibited by the Soviet and Eastern Block authorities and deemed as propaganda. However, the “soft power” of American rock music was pumped into Eastern Europe and the USSR by Voice of America and Radio Free Europe.

This forbidden music inspired thousands of underground rock bands and tens of millions of their passionate supporters. Their enthusiasm for rock ‘n’ roll became a youth movement that openly defied the Communist government.

Narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, FREE TO ROCK features interviews with former President Jimmy Carter; Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the USSR; musicians Billy Joel and Mike Love; and more. It also highlights performance footage from later cultural exchange efforts from the late 1960s to the early ‘90s, including The Beach Boys, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen and Metallica.


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