Free To Rock

Free To Rock

FREE TO ROCK How Rock and Roll Helped End the Cold War Directed by 4 time EMMY Award Winning Filmmaker Jim Brown In Partnership with the GRAMMY Museum Foundation   FREE TO ROCK (aka Rockin’ The Kremlin), a 90 minute documentary film, is being produced in collaboration with the GRAMMY Museum Foundation, the Rock and…

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A Brief History of Soviet Rock and Roll

A pro-Kremlin lawmaker spawned a tsunami of scorn in Russia this week by alleging that Soviet rock star Viktor Tsoi’s Perestroika-era anthems were composed by CIA operatives trying to destabilize the Soviet regime. Friends, acquaintances, and fans of the late frontman of the legendary band, Kino, call the claims ridiculous. But the U.S. government was…

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Ex-pat Russian rocker laments canceled Ukraine concerts

  Valery “Seisky” Saifudinov has been watching the unrest and controversy in Ukraine, Crimea and Russia in recent weeks with a little more frustration than most of his fellow Escondido residents. “We were supposed to go on tour in Ukraine, but we cannot do it now,” Saifudinov said. “Now it’s impossible.” Read more on Utsandiego…

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100 Parts of Heart

VETERAN BANKER AND VENTURE CAPITALIST AND CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SINGER SONGWRITER NICK BINKLEY RELEASES “100 PARTS OF HEART,” A DARING YET HOPEFUL COLLECTION FEATURING SONGS HE PENNED IN THE WAKE OF 9/11 AND THE SUDDEN PASSING OF HIS WIFE DIANA IN 2003 100 Parts of Heart by Nick Binkley Nearly two decades after releasing Pin Stripe…

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Rocking the Cold War, musician helped bring American music to USSR

  Valery “Seisky” Saifudinov took the stage in Riga, Latvia, with a plywood electric guitar on New Year’s Eve 1962, burst into a set of Chuck Berry and Little Richard songs, and within months, people in Moscow and other major Soviet cities couldn’t use phone booths. “The (word) spread so fast after we played the…

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