"It was twenty years ago today / Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play." Those are the lyrics, of course, of The Beatles. But for today's occasion we might re-write them (ever so slightly) for the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the wall and say "It was twenty years ago today / music tore down a wall of gray."
Just up this morning from The New York Times is a wonderful little piece on the role of music as an inspirational and subversive force in breaking down the Berlin Wall.
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Guitars, keyboards and drums did not topple the Berlin Wall. But for the young people who helped bring down Communist regimes across Eastern Europe in the fall of 1989, music was a profoundly subversive force, inspiration and vital tool of protest for challenging and undermining a totalitarian state. Continue Reading