Riots and the Rolling Stones: Musical Youth Culture in 1970s Greece

July 17, 2020

Parthenon describes his experience growing up as a musically-minded American expatriate in Greece in the 1960s and early 1970s. After a Greek military coup, opportunities to see live American rock shows ceased entirely. As a result, when the film Woodstock came to Greek theaters, the excitement and desperation young people had to reconnect with their musical heroes caused rioting. As Parthenon points out, this experience proved to him how powerful the humanities can be, and how dangerous their promotion of free thinking and self-expression can seem in closed societies.

Curator’s note: Parthenon Huxley is a musician who has produced a dozen critically acclaimed albums, and has collaborated with and produced albums with Mick Jones, Rusty Anderson, and Stevie Salas, among many others.