***Showing on Wednesday 09-24 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are available free on day of show.
“Rockin’ the Wall,” a film by Larry Schweikart and Marc Leif, begins a national tour next week beginning in Ohio in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
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.”