PIEROGI BLUES is the third film in a series by documentary filmmaker, Phil Ranstrom, exploring the impact of the electric, urban blues which was created on Chicago's Maxwell Street and became rock & roll -- an unknown, nearly lost, history detailed in the Emmy Award-winning documentary, CHEAT YOU FAIR: THE STORY OF MAXWELL STREET and its companion film, ELECTRIFIED.

It's well-known that the Rolling Stones were greatly influenced by the Chicago blues. But what is not well-known is the great impact they had on the world when brought their music to Poland in 1967. The Stones were the first western band to play behind the Iron Curtain and they brought with them not only the blues, which is a thriving musical genre in Poland today, thanks to their introduction. But they awakened a generation starving for freedom of expression and helped ignite the revolution.

In two short performances, on one day, the Stones did more to change the hearts and minds of young people than all the speeches and threats that came before. Rock & roll really did help bring down the Wall!

It wasn't the "loverboys from Liverpool" who brought the taste of freedom to the Soviets -- this is an inaccurate remodelling of history, dispelled by the simple fact that they never even played behind the Iron Curtain.

It was the Rolling Stones who lit the fuse of the revolution, not with their music, which had already been bootlegged and available to communist teenagers everywhere. It was their live performances that made such a statement -- their color, their style, their confidence and their attitude.

This is the story of how history was made by the "greatest rock & roll band in the world" and how the blues - a music born from suffering and loss - found a new home in the land where concentration camps still loom large like shadows from a not-too-distant past.

Phil Ranstrom
Writer, producer, director



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Pierogi Blues

A documentary about how the blues found a new home in Poland and helped bring down one of the most oppressive regimes in world history.

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