“Cold war takes a break on the Spanish Seaside”
One of the greatest cultural and social revolutions in the XXth century of Europe took a place in a tiny village on the Spanish seaside.
In order to control the threat coming from the Soviet Union, the largest American military base on European soil was built in Rota, a small and humble farming and fishing village in a post – civil war Spain. After building the base, immigration of almost 10.000 soldiers resulted in bringing dollars, Marlboro, Cadillacs, night clubs and Rock n´ Roll music into Spain, a shattered country ruled by a fascist dictator.
Streets are full of bars and “sins”, dollars, American smuggling products, stories of friendship, disagreement but also love episodes between the marines and the girls from the town. Rota got richer and bigger while, through the loudspeakers of the radio, the greatest hits of rock & roll sounded all over the base. Songs were broadcasted from the base radio station for soldiers´ not to feel homesick…
Welcome to Rota, “The Mediterranean Las Vegas.”