Planes, trains, and automobiles… And buses and ferries: London and NYC

Sorry about the long post title, but I love referencing movies I like.

As you may know from social media posts, I was in Israel for the past 10 days. How I got there was a story in and of itself.

As Israel is such a controversial topic and I don’t want to start The Diversity of Classic Rock’s 2018 with that, although it will probably be good for views. So we’ll just start off with the amazing journey. Allons-y!

Oh yeah, and I’m going to start getting into making videos again, so I hope you enjoy this video I made about my journey:

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Review: Nosebleeds by The Lost Boys

Track by Track Review: Nosebleeds by The Lost Boys

Southampton indie four piece band The Lost Boys are releasing their debut LP Nosebleeds on January 8 (David Bowie’s and Elvis’s birthday!). Their Indiegogo supporters received their copies just in time for Christmas, but you can purchase the album on iTunes and it is available for streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.

The band kindly sent me a digital copy of their debut LP, thank you so much!

First, a little background on the band: Daniel Ash is the singer, guitarist, and songwriter; James Millar is the bassist, Shaun Ashley plays guitar, and Joel Doherty is the drummer and does some vocals. The band have played the Hammersmith Apollo, Plymouth Pavilions, and The Cavern Club. They’ve opened for legendary musicians like Paul Weller, The Buzzcocks, The Zombies, The Undertones, and The English Beat. They’re definitely a band to keep an eye on.

You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud.

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Exclusive: The Keepers new single “Another Night” + Q&A

On 15 December, Northampton retro inspired indie band The Keepers will release their newest single, “Another Night” b/w “Cerise.”

To celebrate this milestone, they will play at local venue The Pomfret Arms on December 15 at 8 PM.

If you’re in the area and on a tight budget because of Christmas shopping, don’t worry as entry is free!

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Immigrants in Classic Rock

I’ve been busy with school, so busy I can’t write another post. Don’t worry, this blog is still in my thoughts. As you may know, I am an immigrant myself, going to school in a different country. I have no family in the country I live in. Being an immigrant is a challenge, especially when you don’t know anyone of the same background that you can relate to and talk about your culture with. As you can imagine, it’s all bottled up and if I do speak about Venezuelan things and events, no one understands. I especially miss the food: rice, beans, and fried plantains.

Why was I thinking about immigration? I have a lot of family who are immigrants. I have cousins who are immigrants. My mum was an immigrant. It’s an issue that is not only talked about in the US election, but in other elections around the world. The US election is always on my mind since I have family there. It’s a disaster: two unlikeable candidates that not even 10% of the US population have chosen. How did we get here? A combination of cheating, media bias, and people just not caring enough about elections, I’d say.

I can only speak in an informed way for US politics. On the one side, you have Republicans who are very xenophobic and anti-immigration. Donald Trump, whose mum was an immigrant, wants to build a wall, as one example. He’s said horrible things about Mexican immigrants and Middle Eastern immigrants, and many other groups beyond that. In short, he’s incredibly racist. He talks like a Nazi. He cannot be our president.

Democrats can be just as bad too. Rewind to the 90s and there was President Bill Clinton enacting laws that would deport people quickly (no due process) and separate them from their families, increase border control, and more. Here’s a video. 

Now I know that Hillary is a totally separate person from Bill, but I don’t think I can vote for her because of so many ethical reasons, which I’ll not go into now or this will just turn into me rambling about politics.

I don’t understand why people hate on immigrants so much. Immigrants are not lazy. They work hard and many immigrants start their own businesses. Many of them want to blend in and be a part of the culture of the country they moved to. Immigrants are less likely to break the law. Immigrants pay their taxes too. We earn the jobs just as much as native born citizens.

How does this all relate to classic rock? Many classic rockers are immigrants and they each have different stories. Some of them immigrated as children, some were escaping persecution, some immigrated before they got famous, and others immigrated after they got famous. Chances are, one of your favourite musicians is an immigrant. Besides, a lot of famous people own properties in more than one country. Let’s take a look at some rock stars and their immigration stories. This is not an exhaustive list, but if you have other examples, feel free to share in the comments section.

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Jewish Classic Rock and Oldies Musicians Part 1: Europe and South Africa

Easily one of the largest religions amongst classic rock musicians after Christianity and non-religious is Judaism. There are many Jewish musicians who have shaped classic rock and made it what it is today from songwriting to performing the music. Jewish classic rock musicians come from both sides of the Atlantic. Let’s start with Jewish musicians from Europe and Africa.

This is a topic that really hits home with me since I was raised Jewish as a child, however I was never particularly religious. You end up finding that it seems that everyone is Jewish. My dad told me that my great grandfather told me that. According to my dad, my great grandfather was the kind of person to point out who is Jewish and not let you forget it. Now it’s my turn to do that with classic rock! Let’s get started! I hope you enjoy it.

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Muslims in Classic Rock

Classic rock is also diverse as far as religious beliefs go. Not everyone in classic rock is Christian or non-religious. This post will talk about the most famous Muslim rock stars: Yusuf Islam, Richard Thompson, and (most of the members of) The Action/Mighty Baby.

Note: This is being reposted because of a glitch that the mobile version of WordPress made regarding the date stamp. I didn’t make this post a month ago. I also like my blog to be organised. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Black Classic Rock Musicians

Rock and Roll is a black American invention. The first rock stars were black. Rock and Roll started picking up in popularity in the 50s with musicians such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Chuck Berry, Larry Williams, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, James Brown, Goree Carter (some say he made the first rock song: “Rock Awhile”), Jimmy Preston, The Isley Brothers, Wes Montgomery, and Fats Domino. Every rock musician you can think of from the 60s and 70s and beyond took inspirations from these musicians from this era. Songs by these musicians have been covered by many rock bands. For example, The Beach Boys’ “Surfin USA” borrowed from Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen”. The Beatles have covered Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Rock and Roll Music”. They have even covered both “Shout” and “Twist and Shout” by the Isley Brothers (although “Twist and Shout” was originally recorded by The Top Notes). They covered “Long Tall Sally” by Little Richard (that was a blues song that Little Richard covered). The Beatles also covered Larry Williams’ “Dizzy Miss Lizzy”. The list goes on. Let’s explore the history of black rock musicians from the 60s and 70s!

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Before they were old enough to vote: young musicians in classic rock and oldies

Rock and Roll was a very youth oriented genre. Young people loved it and many songs were about rebellion and standing up for what is right. The slogan of the 60s generation was “Don’t trust anyone over 30.” Many rock stars got their start in their early 20s and were topping the charts. Some of these musicians when they made it were not even adults, and in some cases were not even teenagers or were barely in their teenage years. They were making hits before they were able to vote in an election or rent a car. Many musicians today were young when they made it such as Taylor Swift, Lorde, and Rihanna, but they were far from the first teenagers to make it in music. Here are some classic rock musicians who started their careers at a very young age.

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