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Rock The Nation

Country Available: Canada, USA

If a guitar’s all you’ve got, then a guitar’s what you fight with. – Steve Earle.

A battle raged across America in 2004. The nation was divided by war, conflicted by morality and begging for leadership. A presidential election loomed when the American people were still suffering from the repercussions of the last one. Leading up to the US November election, musicians, famous and infamous, used all their available resources to campaign against the re-election of George Bush.

Young people were urged to “Vote for Change” and “Rock the Vote.” Concerts were given and readings were held in “battleground” states. Movies were made to try to turn Republican voters into Democrat voters. The President was portrayed as both a monster and a laughingstock.

Rarely have so many artists committed themselves to the defeat of a politician as Bruce Springsteen, Michael Moore and many others did in opposing George W. Bush. With the president’s re-election, those artists found themselves asking whether they made a difference and whether they would do it again.

Rock the Nation follows a handful of musicians who answered the battle cry. Armed with guitars and microphones, they spoke out to anyone who would listen.

Rock the Nation is a portrait of democratic zeal, with the dreams of success and the realities of defeat in the one nation where a movement could be so powerfully presented -and have such an ineffectual outcome.

View a printer friendly version of this page...Copyright Date: 2005 Length: 48 minutes School Audience:
  • Grades 11-12
  • Post Secondary
  • Subjects:
  • Politics
  • Music
  • Civics
  • Formats Available:
  • VHS Tape
  • DVD