By Dave Bidini

The strengths of Bidini’s best-loved books, On a chilly Road and Tropic of Hockey, track and commute to not likely areas, come jointly during this account of his look for rock ‘n’ roll.

When it looks like the Rheostatics are breaking apart after greater than 20 years jointly, Dave Bidini is left feeling adrift from his moorings and comes to a decision to move on a really lengthy street journey, taking part in solo and checking out concerning the country of rock ’n’ roll world wide. 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 go back and forth to Finland, Russia, China, Sierra Leone, and Ghana, punctuated by way of journeys to Newfoundland and Gananoque in Canada, and to ny City.

What Bidini unearths is that the rock ’n’ roll computer has no longer but flattened the globe, as each one position has taken what fits it from the West’s dominant tune and neglected the remaining. steel could have had its heyday in North the USA, however it nonetheless fits the quiet Finns simply nice as a soundtrack for suicidal recommendations. 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 the way to clap rhythmically. In Russia, the place dwell 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 precise 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 under the influence of alcohol, Around the World takes readers on an unforgettable, ear-opening swing throughout the global of rock ’n’ roll.

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