As most of us know, the enabler, master of ceremonies (and a performer) for the Havana Juanes concert is Cuban singer Silvio Rodriguez.
In ’69 Cuba’s Stalinist regime asked this popular Cuban folk-rock singer to help “build a bridge” between itself and Cuba’s “hippies.” The repression a few years earlier against these “roqueros” and “delinquents”, the regime now admitted, was clearly misguided. So now, if these “hippies” would help “the Revolution” in it’s 10 thousand ton sugar harvest for 1970, their long-hair, “anti-social attitudes” etc. would be forgiven and all would live in harmony and happily ever after.
The regime tasked popular folk-rocker Silvio Rodriguez, to announce a concert and gather the youngsters together in a sugar central, and after the Woodstock moment all would grab their machetes and take to the fields to harvest cane.
The gathering took place…but whoops? Where was Silvio…? Instead of Silvio, police and military trucks pulled up and arrested the “hippies” en masse.
Silvio Rodriguez then became the Stalinist regime’s favorite singer.
More (details in Spanish) here
We shall certainly look for this item in the Miami Herald and most MSM reportage of this heart-warming, eye-misting concert
H/T Frank Resillez