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 really lengthy highway journey, taking part in solo and checking out concerning the nation of rock ’n’ roll all over the world. observed a lot of ways by way of his good friend Al, who additionally has a solo act, Bidini units out for London, England, his springboard for trip to Finland, Russia, China, Sierra Leone, and Ghana, punctuated by means of journeys to Newfoundland and Gananoque in Canada, and to big apple City.
What Bidini unearths is that the rock ’n’ roll computing device has no longer but flattened the globe, as every one position has taken what fits it from the West’s dominant tune and neglected the remainder. steel can have had its heyday in North the US, however it nonetheless fits the quiet Finns simply high quality as a soundtrack for suicidal ideas. In China, the place Bidini performs with the Rheos-Not-Rheos as a part of the Maple Rhythm competition, he has to educate the gang sitting quietly in plastic chairs tips to clap rhythmically. In Russia, the place stay rock nonetheless lurks in hard-to-find areas, the British band Smokie is much extra well known than even the Rolling Stones, and the 1st Western band Mongolian audiences desired to pay attention dwell was once Boney M. In Africa, Bidini reveals 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 during the global of rock ’n’ roll.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs by Dave Bidini