Thursday, August 19, 2010

They Built This Country On Rock And Roll

In the summer of 1990 in Czechoslovakia, eight months after the death of communism, the Rolling Stones prance on its grave, and a 16-year-old and his father exult:

The Stones stormed the stage playing “Start Me Up.” Mick Jagger’s lips were all over the screens. The faceless crowd of passive souls disappeared. People went wild, out of control. They were jumping, clapping, shouting, dancing and singing along, surprising themselves. I had never before seen such a display of genuine emotion from my countrymen.

Two and a half hours later, when the concert was over, people were crying and hugging one another. My father cried and hugged me. From that point on, no one would tell him how he should think, how he should feel. He had seen the Rolling Stones with his own eyes. And it felt so good.

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