Wednesday, November 4, 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Texas Public Policy Foundation
901 Congress Avenue
Join the Texas Public Policy Foundation for the screening and discussion of "Rockin' the Wall," with producer Larry Schweikart and Glenn Murdock of Mother's Finest.
“Rockin’ the Wall,” a film by Larry Schweikart and Marc Leif, continues a national tour as part of the 25th anniversary of the fall of Soviet communism from 2014-2016, beginning on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 2014.
Based on a chapter in Schweikart’s 2010 best seller Seven Events that Made America, the G-rated film is the story of rock music’s part in bringing down the Iron Curtain. It features rock and rollers from the 60s and 70s, including the Doors, Quiet Riot, Toto, Vanilla Fudge, and a funk-rock group from Atlanta, Georgia, “Mother’s Finest,” who played in East Berlin just two weeks before the Wall fell. Filled with original music provided by the groups themselves, as well as classic rock songs, “Rockin’ the Wall” includes interviews with “witnesses” from behind the Iron Curtain, including Hungarian drummer/activist Leslie Mandoki, who escaped from communism and later befriended the Premier of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev. Gorbachev told Mandoki, “We couldn’t keep rock and roll out,” and Mandoki concluded that “rock music was fundamental . . . to help bring down the Berlin Wall.”
“Rockin’ the Wall” features an original soundtrack with musicians in the movie, including several original songs written for the film.
Producer Larry Schweikart and Glenn Murdock will be available for Q&A before and after the film.
Beverages and light snacks will be served at this event.
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