By Dave Bidini
When it seems like the Rheostatics are breaking apart after greater than two decades jointly, Dave Bidini is left feeling adrift from his moorings and comes to a decision to head on a truly lengthy highway journey, enjoying solo and checking out in regards to the nation of rock ’n’ roll worldwide. followed a lot of ways through his pal Al, who additionally has a solo act, Bidini units out for London, England, his springboard for commute to Finland, Russia, China, Sierra Leone, and Ghana, punctuated via journeys to Newfoundland and Gananoque in Canada, and to long island City.
What Bidini unearths is that the rock ’n’ roll computer has no longer but flattened the globe, as every one position has taken what matches it from the West’s dominant track and neglected the remainder. steel could have had its heyday in North the United States, however it nonetheless fits the quiet Finns simply high quality as a soundtrack for suicidal innovations. In China, the place Bidini performs with the Rheos-Not-Rheos as a part of the Maple Rhythm competition, he has to teach the gang sitting quietly in plastic chairs tips on how to clap rhythmically. In Russia, the place reside rock nonetheless lurks in hard-to-find locations, the British band Smokie is way extra well known than even the Rolling Stones, and the 1st Western band Mongolian audiences desired to listen stay used to be Boney M. In Africa, Bidini unearths out simply how a long way rock has wandered from its roots, and in Newfoundland, simply how actual it has stayed.
Peopled with hosers, the über-hip, and the profoundly baffled, and brimming with stories of taking part in in unusual venues to bemused locals and the unusual inebriated, Around the World takes readers on an unforgettable, ear-opening swing throughout the global of rock ’n’ roll.
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Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs by Dave Bidini