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FREE TO ROCK is a documentary film directed by 4-time Emmy® winning filmmaker Jim Brown and narrated by Kiefer Sutherland. Rock & Roll spread like a virus across the Soviet Union despite Communist attempts to outlaw it. Thousands of underground bands and millions of young fans who yearned for Western freedoms helped fuel the nonviolent implosion of the Soviet regime. Free to Rock features Presidents, diplomats, spies and rock stars from the West and the Soviet Union who reveal how Rock & Roll music was a contributing factor in ending the Cold War.
This 10-year production features interviews and performances including:
Presidents Carter, Gorbachev and Latvian President Vike-Freiberga, former KGB General Oleg Kalugin, former NATO Deputary Secretary General Alexander Vershbow, along with Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Elton John, Billy Joel, Scorpions, Cyndi Lauper (The Wall -Live in Berlin), Metallica, Stas Namin, Pits “Pete” Anderson, Boris Grebenshikov, Andrey Makarevich, Valery Saifudinov, Yuri Schevchuk, and more.
An advance copy of the public television broadcast version of the film is available for direct purchase below. An enhanced edition with bonus materials will be released later this year.
One of the best ways to topple an opposite system is through ideological offensive, through cultural offensive. This is precisely what happened during the Cold War. That’s what led to the collapse of the system.
- KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin