27 November 2009
Back in the USSR ~ McCartney in Red Square!
Channel surfing tonight, I found WGBH's fundraiser salute to Paul McCartney's 2003 concert in Red Square! Very interesting interlude interviews between McCartney and Russia President Putin and Defense Minister Ivanov, and former USSR Chairman Gorbachev, plus many other everyday Russians for whom the Beatles were forbidden fruits during Soviet times. As revealed in a BBC Magazine piece by Leslie Woodhead on How the Beatles rocked the Eastern Bloc -- and see this interview and the How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin documentary -- the power of music to cross even armed borders and inspire people is an under appreciated channel for liberty -- and for encouraging the oppressed to keep hope alive for a better tomorrow! That said, everyone loved the Beatles hit song Back in the USSR!