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What My Ukrainian In-Laws Taught Me About Freedom and Rock ’n’ Roll


KYIV, Ukraine—When the guitarist for Deep Purple hit those epic opening notes of “Smoke on the Water,” my 54-year-old Ukrainian father-in-law grabbed me by the shoulder with one hand, pumped his other in a fist, and yelled a drawn out “da!”

No translation needed.

The crowd in the Kyiv sports hall was going wild. The snarl of the guitars and the bass of the drums bored through my chest. I, too, couldn’t help but pump my fist in the air and cheer.

“Rock is the music that thrills people’s minds,” my father-in-law, whose name is Valeriy Deriy, tells me months later over …read more

Source:: The Daily Signal

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