Rockin’ In The Free World (Worldwide Jam)

Various artists

Here is music bringing people together! This video features artists from Angola, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, England, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine., USA, Venezuela (but not in that order). Whew – imagine organising that!

I’ve added this bonus version of the song because I used a shortened version in my original post which omitted some crucial lyrics.

There are a number of videos available of Neil Young and others performing this song, but I used this one as a bonus because a) it’s got all the words(!) and b) it’s a great music project where people from around the world have joined together to create a unique recording and c) there is some fine guitar shredding going on. Plus, there are definitely other instruments used that I’ve never seen before.

Which is the ‘real’ version of the song? Which one is ‘the truth’? This illustrates the way in which parts of the Bible have been written, with a selection of material and choice of presentation style for a particular audience. For example, we have four Gospel books of the life of Jesus (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) rather than one – but it doesn’t make sense to ask ‘which one is the real one?’.