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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Asians in Classic Rock and Oldies

Some people don’t know that Freddie Mercury was Asian. He was born to a Parsi family in Zanzibar, raised in India, and moved to England when he was 17. Many people think Freddie Mercury was the first Asian rock star, when actually it isn’t true. There were quite a few Asian rock stars who made it big before he did. We’ll be going back to the old timeline format for this one like the one I did for my post on African Rock Stars and the influence of Africa in classic rock and oldies.

Note: Asian includes people of any ancestry from any part of the continent of Asia. This includes South Asia, the Middle East, and the Caucasus. 

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