Australian Classic Rock of the 60s and 70s: Part 1

I went to Australia for my honeymoon and I absolutely loved it! I hope one day to come back. In the meantime, I’ll just be listening to some great Australian musicians! I’ve been talking about classic rock

Australia has a long rock history starting in the 50s with American rock music arriving there. Australia may be far away, but it isn’t isolated from American culture. The two countries are good friends. By the end of the 50s, pubs were staying open late, rock bands would play, and people would tune into the radio and TV to hear the latest music.

Australian rock music is largely an immigrant history, with many of the most famous Australian rock stars being European-born (mostly UK-born with a few Dutch-born). No doubt, the influences come from the musician’s birth countries, as well as America, where rock and roll began. Many rock bands from around the world made stops in Australia because there’s a significant following there.

Looking at the present, some of the best rock music of today comes from Australia: Tame Impala (Perth), Pond (Perth), King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard (Melbourne), The Babe Rainbow (Byron Bay), and The Murlocs (Melbourne). According to one of my friends who lives in Australia, you can hear classic rock everywhere and it’s a great place to go for those who love the 60s and 70s.

Australia is a great surfing destination and surf rock was very popular here, but one subgenre is very much Australian and got its start here, pub rock. Psychedelic rock and progressive rock also have a following.

Enjoy this A-Z of Australian rock! In the first part, we’ll go from A-F, AC/DC to Fraternity.

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The Classic Rock Lifestyle: London

I was thinking about writing this post for a while. London is a city I love so much and I have been to London five times, more than any other city I’ve visited in Europe (besides Dublin, but I live in Ireland so I end up going there a lot). I love many cities in Europe, but something about London made me come back and visit multiple times. And I love other parts of England too! I love Brighton, Liverpool, and Oxford and these cities are great day trips from London. I’ll talk about these places in the post.

I still haven’t seen everything in London, but every time I visit, I love it more. I hope to move to London one day.

Since I was a teenager I had a fascination with British culture – music and movies mostly.

I even used to pretend I was English, talking in a London accent on a regular basis. I’m a wannabe English person (with a bit of wannabe Californian) and I can’t deny it.

London has a rich classic rock history. Lots of bands from London, recording studios in London, and everyone plays a show in London. Let’s talk classic rock history and then we’ll talk about the cool places to go in London!

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Interview: Young Wings fan writes Jimmy McCulloch biography

The first interview on The Diversity of Classic Rock is author Paul Salley. Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

But before we get to the interview, I’ll give you a little context and history about Jimmy McCulloch. I’ve mentioned him before on the blog, but as a recap, Jimmy McCulloch was born on 4 June 1953 in Dumbarton, Scotland. He started playing the guitar as a kid and a few years later was the guitarist for the Jaygars/One in a Million. In 1967, Jimmy McCulloch’s band opened for The Who when they toured Scotland. Pete Townshend really liked Jimmy McCulloch and two years later, 1969 – Jimmy joined Pete Townshend’s friends Andy “Thunderclap” Newman and John “Speedy” Keen to join the band Thunderclap Newman. They released one album in 1970, Hollywood Dream, produced by Pete Townshend. The anti-war song “Something in the Air” went to #1 in the UK. Jimmy McCulloch was only 15 when he played on that song, making him the one of the youngest people to play on a #1 UK hit single. At the age of 21 Jimmy McCulloch joined Wings. Jimmy McCulloch worked with many famous musicians besides Paul McCartney. He worked with Steve Marriott (Small Faces/Humble Pie), Maggie Bell (Stone the Crows), Kenney Jones (Small Faces), Brian Robertson (Thin Lizzy/Motörhead), Ricci Martin (son of Dean Martin), and Jimmy Bain (Rainbow/Dio). Jimmy McCulloch died at the age of 26 in London.
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The multicultural roots of surf rock

Surf culture was something I had an interest in since I was a little kid watching Rocket Power and wishing I lived in California rather than a small town in the Midwest. Even to this day I would love to move to California.

The first thing a lot of people think of when surf rock is mentioned is The Beach Boys, and for good reason. They were very successful and influential with over 20 Top 40 hits in the US charts. But they weren’t the first surf rock band, far from it. They shouldn’t be the only image we have of surf rock and The Beach Boys did more than just surf rock.

What is the real surf rock story? Where did surf culture come from? Let’s explore!

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Classic Rock in Eastern Europe Part 2: The Baltic Countries

Let’s get started with a little geography and history. The Baltic Sea is in Northern Europe. When maps talk about the Baltic Countries, they are usually referring to three countries, even though more than three border the Baltic Sea. So what are these three countries? Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

It is debatable if they are part of Eastern Europe or Northern Europe, but there is one thing that these three countries have in common with a lot of Eastern European countries, they were colonised by Russia. These countries were invaded and forced to join the Soviet Union. They weren’t independent countries until the early 90s. These articles: here, here, and here have some interesting information about the independence movements in 1990 and 1991 and what became of these countries afterward. Things have changed a lot since then, and the three countries have joined the EU and have capitalist economies.

Speaking of debate over what part of Europe should the Baltic States be classified as, here is an opinion piece from the Guardian, written by a journalist named Agata Pyzik. She writes about how the desire to be considered Western Europe is so they can forget the history of Russian occupation and draws parallels to her experience in Poland, where some prefer to call the country Central European. She talks about the stereotypes of the West and the East and how Eastern culture is stigmatised and even then, the border between West and East has changed so much over the centuries. I also found another article by a German blogger who is living in Lithuania talking about why he thinks Lithuania is part of Eastern Europe. Some may agree with these opinions, others may disagree. Feel free to have your say in the comments section.

Some people think that the term Eastern European, as it is used is too broad and too generalising because there are differences between the countries. Eastern Europe itself is a pretty large region and can be further divided into more regions.

Like anywhere else, there is a following of rock music in the Baltic Countries. In Vilnius, Lithuania, you’ll find a Frank Zappa statue. Music festivals can be found in all three countries.

Without further ado, let’s get to the fun part and talk about the rock bands! Very little information was found on the bands, but you’ll find a good amount of music here, just less commentary than in previous blog posts.

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Indian Influences in Classic Rock

 Note from the author: I wanted to write this post for a while now. The sitar is my favourite instrument. I think it was an instrument that revolutionised classic rock and added something cool to the table, paving the way for other world music genres to influence classic rock. I believe that incorporation of world music influences in classic rock does a lot of good, broadening the minds of fans. It’s great to see musicians acknowledging their influences and giving credit where due. It’s not cultural appropriation. It’s art and it’s for all to enjoy.

 I grew up in a family that taught me about different cultures and encouraged curiosity. Not only did I learn about multiple cultures from being mixed race, I travelled a lot with my parents and my parents encouraged me to read from a young age. I encourage everyone to read about other cultures. I encourage you to travel and try new things. Maybe you can’t afford to travel or you’re unable to for other reasons, but the internet and the library are here for you – great places to learn about the world around you. Life is short, learn about this beautiful planet.

The 60s was a period where you saw Indian inspired fashions and heard Indian inspired music. The term for this embracing of Indian culture is Indomania.  It was more than just sitars in psychedelic rock and it wasn’t just superficial, let’s throw in a sitar in this rock song. In this post, you’ll see what I mean.

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My experience living overseas: Holidays and Homesickness

Not too long ago, I wrote about classic rockers who were immigrants. That post was all about the classic rockers. I don’t like talking too much about myself on my Diversity of Classic Rock posts because it’s all about the classic rockers. “Who me? I’m just a worm,” to quote Labyrinth. I felt like writing a Christmas related post this year because I haven’t been feeling the best emotionally. 2016 has been one crazy, rollercoaster of a year. It’s been a sad year politically with Brexit and Donald Trump. A sad year in classic rock history because of the loss of so many classic rock legends.

Has the year been only bad? No, of course not. For me, it’s been good. I have moved back in with my boyfriend. I got to travel a bit, not as much as last year, but still I got to go to New York and Los Angeles and hang out with some really cool friends. I made some great friends in my Journalism Masters and learnt so much from them. I have learnt so much more about classic rock. I also have been writing a good bit about things that aren’t classic rock. My hair has grown a good bit from a bit past shoulder length to chest length. Here’s to it being waist length in the new year! Okay, maybe it’s a stretch to expect my hair to grow that much, but I can dream.

Let’s get on to the real topic of the blog since I always end up rambling. Living overseas, so far away from family isn’t easy. I miss a lot of things. I miss my family. I miss my mum’s cooking. I know I can’t just wake up, get out of bed and say good morning to my parents. At least not without looking stupid. I am far away from pretty much everyone in my family. I miss all the holiday celebrations and the road trips. I have no idea when I’ll visit again.

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