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Rockin' the Free World!

How the Rock & Roll Revolution Changed America and the World

Sean Kay

In Rockin' the Free World, international relations expert Sean Kay takes readers inside “Bob Dylan’s America” and shows how this vision linked the rock and roll revolution to American values of freedom, equality, human rights, and peace while tracing how those values have spread globally. Rockin' the Free World then shows how artists have engaged in advancing change via opportunity and education; domestic and international issue advocacy; and within the recording and broader communications industry. The book is built around primary interviews with prominent American and international performing artists ranging from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy winners to regional and local musicians. The interviews include leading industry people, management, journalists, heads of non-profits, and activists. The book concludes with a look at how musical artists have defined the American experience and what that has meant for the world. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 292Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4422-6604-9 • Hardback • December 2016 • $38.00 • (£24.95)
978-1-4422-6605-6 • eBook • December 2016 • $36.00 • (£24.95)
Sean Kay is Robson Professor of Politics and Government and Director of the Arneson Institute for Practical Politics/ International Studies at Ohio Wesleyan University. He is also an Associate of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at the Ohio State University and a non-resident fellow at the Eisenhower Institute in Washington, D.C.
Sean Kay’s Rockin’ the Free World! is a declaration of faith, in the music and in America.
The Huffington Post

From the Interviews:

  • “I have children. I have grandchildren. I’ve got to remain positive. I’ve got to think that I can help make the world a better place for myself and my family and my friends. Everything starts inside, doesn’t it? How far can the ripples go once you throw that stone into the pool.”—Graham Nash

  • “Dance your way out of constriction, man. That’s what ‘One Nation’ was about – and that’s what people did.” — George Clinton

  • “You can get kind of philosophical about it, but when you look at the intersection of what society was going through – music, alternative viewpoints, social change, environmental awareness – I mean what did Rachel Carson and the Grateful Dead have in common? More than you might think.” — Cameron Sears, former manager of the Grateful Dead

  • “Ultimately, you can call things as they are – be they realpolitik, realist and whatnot and in the end, depress everyone to death. But, without telling them, ‘Look, this is a choice’ – that’s very important – giving them the optimism to make that choice and saying that, ‘…it doesn’t have to be this way: War is Over!’” — Serj Tankian, System of a Down

  • “I think accountability is a key idea in the 21st century. If you don’t have accountability, you don’t really have freedom. I don’t mean just holding politicians to account, I mean those in economic power also to account.” — Billy Bragg

  • “It’s not completely over, but yeah, we won the culture war.” — Jann Wenner