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Tommy Ramone, Rocking the Hungarian Embassy

Tommy Ramone performs at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Tommy Ramone performs at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

The Hungarian Embassy in Washington, D.C., featured an unusual lecture and performance this past week. Ambassador Andras Simonyi hosted Hungarian-born musician Tommy Ramone, of Ramones fame. They spoke about the role rock music played in promoting a yearning for Western freedoms behind the Iron Curtain. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.

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Michele Kelemen has been with NPR for two decades, starting as NPR's Moscow bureau chief and now covering the State Department and Washington's diplomatic corps. Her reports can be heard on all NPR News programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
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