“Rock Around The World” Radio Shows and Newspapers of the 1970’s
The time for the syndication of the “Rock Around The World” Library of original interviews, performances shows and newspapers have arrived. Probably as much as any other media production made during the mid 70’s,this comprehensive library of shows reflects the openness and giving spirit of artists that is unattainable today in a high pressure world of big-time corporate music. In the tradition of blues, jazz, and folk, rock rose as if a force of nature, captured here with enthusiasm and clarity, the indigenous, music rises out of the streets and onto the radio where cultural icons with the magnitude of Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and Paul McCartney shares the “Rock Around The World” forum with upstart superstars and local bands. Where else but in “Rock Around The World” shows does one find a live concert of the “Rolling Thunder Revue” tour with Dylan and an intimate interview with David Bowie?
The 200 plus shows in the “Rock Around The World” collection represent not only the highest octane nostalgia available of the seminal years of rock’s greatest artists but also embody and memorialize the spirit of commitment to the music which was shared by performers and audience alike. What was temporarily closed during the eighties and half of the nineties can be opened again by experiencing the static joy of listening to a show which wholeheartedly embraced the music and the artist without any outside agenda, soft drink or beer to sell a pure delight indeed.
The shows and issues fully represent a critical time when music sang the electric without the synthesized, over-compressed processed blandness of so much of popular music today. This is music with the force of social conviction behind it made by people who consistently draw from the well spring of their talents with their hearts. Such music resonates with not only people who grew up in England or America in the sixties and seventies, but many on the cutting edge of popular music today in the U. S. and U.K. and
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With the shrinking of the world through the acceleration of information and media transfer, the record of the roots of popular culture as represented by the Rock Around The World Show becomes more interesting and valuable. The original shows were made at the point where as a culture we jumped into the future never to be able to return completely to the comfortable isolation of pockets of local insulation and identity. Where today would a local band like Andy Pratt gather a national audience? If there is a weakness to the programs, perhaps it is an obscurity of this sort. On the other hand, this very weakness is in a sense also “Rock Around The World”’s virtue by communicating strength through a willing vulnerability. The willingness to provide a national forum to relative unknowns, for “the sake of the music” is all but absent today, and we are worse off for it. The rest of the world and especially the developing nations realize this and are more than eager to consume what we shed in haste, while the appeal of home-grown local music, wherever it’s from, resurfaces and grows.
“Rock Around The World” provides an important link to the past which is a relationship which has been leveraged and expanded into the present via the Internet where the show receives thousands of hits a week. While maintaining a forum for fans and performers, it continues to present the fresh, insightful music promotions which distinguish the early shows.
“Rock Around The World” radio show was aired in top 160 major radio markets in the U.S. on the RATW Radio Network and the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service around the world. The newspaper was published in the top ten markets monthly for 19 issues.
I would also like to thank the many people who helped make “Rock Around The World” a reality.
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