Friday, November 21, 2014

DVD Review: New Documentary Shows Rock Music's Influence On Bringing Down The Berlin Wall

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In honor of that achievement, Lightyear Entertainment and Specialty Studios created the documentary "Rockin' The Wall: How Music Ripped The Iron Curtain." The Berlin Wall was erected in 1961 in order to keep the civilians of East Berlin and the Eastern Bloc from traveling to West Berlin for freedom of expression. The seventy-plus minute documentary discusses the impact that rock 'n' roll music had on the fall of the Berlin Wall. When the wall was built over in Germany, the U.S. was booming with the automobile industry and rock music and how music was everywhere. The documentary includes interviews from members of The Doors, Vanilla Fudge, Toto, Quiet Riot and Mother's Finest. One of the great discussions is how British and American rock music was smuggled into East Berlin and what sort of an impact it had on the youth of that city. American funk/rock band America's Finest was one of the first bands to perform live in East Berlin and how difficult it was to cross through the famous "Checkpoint Charlie." Members of Vanilla Fudge discuss how they took popular songs from the early-sixties and added a hard rock edge to them to give their music a more political charge. Quiet Riot's Rudy Sarzo recalls his emotions the day he heard that the Berlin Wall came down and was already looking ahead to try and cure the troubles of bands performing live in Cuba.
The film was inspired by Larry Schweikart's book "Seven Events That Made America America" as rock music became a liberating force against Russia's Iron Curtain. The movie's soundtrack features over a dozen songs performed by some of the musicians that played a big role in the destruction of the Berlin Wall. The "Rockin' The Wall" documentary has been touring across the U.S. over the course of the past few months. A DVD and digital download of the documentary was released on November 4th. To find out more about this historic event, please visit

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