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Rockin' The Wall

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Bringing down the wall. Smashing the curtain. Rock & Roll as a force of liberation. Rockin' the Wall is the compelling story of Rock & Roll's part in bringing down the Berlin Wall and smashing the Iron Curtain. Told from the perspective of rockers who played at the time, on both sides of the Wall, and from survivors of the communist regimes who recalled the lifeline that rock music provided them, Rockin' the Wall features new interviews and several original songs written exclusively for the film. The message that emerges is that music is a force of liberation, and in a society like America's, where it was seldom (if ever) truly suppressed, music failed to ignite a social revolution. But behind the Iron Curtain, where the mere act of expressing one's individuality constituted a potential act of revolution, music provided the key thread upon which the anti-communist struggle gained ground. The movie features interviews with a veritable Who's Who of classic Rockers including Robby Krieger of The Doors, Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge, Mother's Finest, Rudy Sarzo of Quiet Riot, David Paich of Toto, Hollywood composer John Van Tongeren, Jimmy Haslip of the Yellowjackets, and Leslie Mandoki, a European star who escaped from communism, and more!

About the Actor

Larry Schweikart was born in Arizona, went to Arizona State University, got terrible grades, and upon graduation promptly went on the road as a drummer in a rock band. His group became semi-famous, opening for Steppenwolf, the James Gang, and Mother s Finest, and drew the attention of Billboard Magazine. After a few years, however, Schweikart tired of the road and wanted a more intellectual pursuit. After a single U.S. history course during a stint in summer school, he decided he wanted to be a professor. Graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1984, Schweikart had already written two books and several academic articles as a graduate student. After a year in the University of Wisconsin system, he took a position at the University of Dayton, where he teaches to the present. Over the years, Schweikart has written nearly 30 books, dozens of articles and book reviews, and became an authority in antebellum banking and finance. In the 1990s, he wrote his own history of American business, The Entrepreneurial Adventure, then, with Michael Allen, began work on a larger project, a history of the United States. Published in 2004 as A Patriot s History of the United States, this book became a bestseller and attracted the attention of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, who interviewed Schweikart for his newsletter in March 2004. Now in multiple editions and a fourth printing, Patriot s History continues to be the alternative history for parents disgusted with the dominant liberal-left textbooks. In 2006, Schweikart followed up with the controversial Americaís Victories: Why the U.S. Wins Wars. Featured on BOOK TV and numerous television and radio shows, Schweikart was invited by the President of the United States to the Oval Office for an extended discussion of military history in August 2006. Now, with his new book, 48 Liberal Lies About American History (That You Probably Learned in School) Schweikart is back in the culture wars. He has appeared on the 700 Club , Fox and Friends , Fox News, Book TV, and dozens of national and local radio shows, including Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, Hugh Hewitt, and many others. A novelist who has written a 9/11 thriller, September Day, and a World War II counterfactual military drama, Halsey s Bluff, Schweikart brings history to life in a variety of venues, now including film!

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  • Actors: Larry Schweikart, Robby Krieger, Mark Stein, Vinny Martell, David Paich
  • Directors: Marc Leif
  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    General Audience
  • Studio: Rockin' The Wall Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0049PL2G8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,331 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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