“I’m just a Fanatic”
Angie Moon is many things, but most importantly, she is a writer and a classic rock fanatic. Everyone knows her as that girl who is stuck in the classic rock era, despite never living in it, much to her dismay.
She spent her childhood moving around, not staying in one location for very long, so it was hard to maintain friendships. One thing that was always there for her no matter what was music. During times of hardship, Angie went to her happy place of classic rock.
Her classic rock obsession began when she was 14 and watched the movie Austin Powers and got into British pop culture of the 60s. Naturally, she got into the Beatles, and from there, many other bands. It was her escape from a humdrum life in a small town and being bullied constantly in secondary school.
Angie went to university in three different countries: Canada, the US, and Ireland, making her a citizen of the world and a nomad.
It was during university that Angie made her foray into radio and started amassing a fabulous vintage clothing collection. She keeps it true to the 60s and 70s. In Ireland, she met the man who is now her husband. She got married at the age of 22 (just a week and a half before her 23rd birthday).
She has an interest in different cultures and social justice and that’s what inspired her to start The Diversity of Classic Rock.
The idea originated in Angie’s head when she was a DJ at a student-run radio station in Chicago. She was 19 at the time. She loved to play mostly classic rock while she was on the air. This led to criticism from the station manager, who called the music she played “music by WASPs” (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants) and too much music of the 70s and it wasn’t diverse. Angie argued that music of the 70s was more diverse than meets the eye.
Angie also liked to listen to classic rock radio, but felt something was missing. The perspective of women and non-white/mixed people. This was something that Angie could bring to the table as a tri-racial Hispanic woman who is passionate about classic rock.
After a year of research and thinking about how to implement the idea, Angie was given a class assignment: to create a blog about any topic. That blog became The Diversity of Classic Rock. Right around St Patrick’s Day 2015, the blog was born and the first post was published. The Diversity of Classic Rock is a growing blog and has grown over time to a more general blog about Angie’s life and other hobbies besides classic rock. The blog remains a one-woman operation, with Angie doing all the research, writing, and promotion.
Whether it’s rockabilly, guitar instrumentals, British invasion, blues rock, psychedelic rock, raga rock, folk rock, glam rock, progressive rock, hard rock, southern rock, ska, or punk rock, Angie loves it all. Her incredibly open mind makes her blog an interesting read for all.
The Diversity of Classic Rock is guaranteed to teach you some new things about classic rock. Wow your friends at parties with some facts you learnt from this blog.
If you want to learn some fun facts about her, keep reading!
- Age: 24
- Birthday: 1 August
- Birthplace: Chicago suburbs
- Hometown: The Earth – I have moved around so much I don’t have a hometown
- Spiritual homes: London and California
- Ethnicity: Mixed: triracial. My dad is white and my mum is Venezuelan of Spanish (Galician), native, and black ancestry
- Religion: Atheist, formerly Jewish (non-practising)
- Favourite styles: Mod, Hippie, Goth
- Mac or PC: Mac
- Night Owl or Morning Person: Night Owl
- Classic Rock Idols: Pete Townshend, Ann Wilson, George Harrison, Phil Lynott, and Brian May
- Hobbies: photography, video editing, acting, travelling, swimming, cycling, shopping for vintage clothing and records, watching stand up comedy
- Shoes: Doc Martens, Platform shoes (if I can find ones that fit)
- Movie Directors: Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, Stanley Kubrick, John Hughes
- Artists: Roger Dean, Jim Fitzpatrick, Roy Lichtenstein, Hipgnosis, The Fool, Andy Warhol, and Lisa Frank
- Guitarists (no particular order): Jimi Hendrix, Rory Gallagher, Jimmy Page, Santana, Dick Dale, Steve Howe, Nancy Wilson, too many to name
- Bassists (no particular order): John Entwistle, Geddy Lee, Chris Squire, Paul McCartney, Jack Bruce, John Paul Jones, Roger Waters
- Drummers (no particular order): Keith Moon, Neil Peart, John Bonham, Ginger Baker, Bill Bruford, Alan White
- Singers (no particular order): Ann Wilson, Freddie Mercury, Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant, Steve Winwood, David Bowie, Jon Anderson, Ian Gillan
- Places I’ve travelled to: Australia, The UK, Italy, Canary Islands, California
- Cities I’ve visited: London, Sydney, Melbourne, Amsterdam, and San Francisco
- Food: Chinese food, Falafel
- Fruits: Bananas, raspberries, and strawberries
- Songwriter: Pete Townshend
- Band: Tie between The Beatles and The Who
- Modern Artists: Temples, Miles Kane, Arctic Monkeys, Tame Impala, Melody’s Echo Chamber, The Allah-Las, The Strypes, Steven Wilson, Vulfpeck
- Instruments: Sitar, Hammond Organ, Bass Guitar
- Colours: Purple and Black
- Anime: Sailor Moon, Hetalia, and Yu-Gi-Oh
- Western Cartoons: Hey Arnold, Spongebob, South Park, King of The Hill, Simpsons, Steven Universe, BoJack Horseman
- TV Shows: RuPaul’s Drag Race, Orange Is The New Black, Stranger Things, Trailer Park Boys, That 70s Show, Freaks and Geeks, The Inbetweeners, An Idiot Abroad, any true crime documentaries
- Books: Harry Potter, Scott Pilgrim, The Outsiders (I prefer non-fiction books to fiction books though: I’ll read anything about the 60s/70s and classic rock)
- Disney Movies: Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid, Mulan, The Lion King
- Pixar Movies: Finding Nemo, Toy Story series
- Animals: Dolphins, Pandas, Dogs, Penguins
- Concerts I’ve Been To: Paul McCartney, Roger Waters The Wall, and Steven Wilson
- Sports to watch: Figure Skating, Gymnastics