The Cold War had missiles… but it also had radio… and with it the power of imagination. Rock & roll slipped through the ideological barrier via the airwaves to become the single most effective tool to convey the message of freedom to millions living under authoritarian regimes. With each power chord and guitar riff, the music of Hendrix, Bowie, and Townsend tore another piece out of the Iron Curtain. The Western nations had might, but the real power was in the culture and in the music as it transcended borders and was a catalyst for change in unexpected ways.