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Born to be Wild

Documentary about the origins of American Rock, Fridays BBC 4 at 09:00 pm.

First episode was on Friday (now available on IPlayer). It was an absolute belter - real gritty feel to it helped by putting it in the context of the political chaos that was going on in States in the late sixties, excellent live footage, and given credibility by talking heads who had walked the walk (MC5, Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater, The Doors, Steppenwolf) rather than Deejays and Meeja Pundits.

Embarrassed to say that I never realise that John Fogerty was articulating his fears about the draft board and Vietnam in Bad Moon Rising (one of my favourite songs). I thought it was about the moon.

There again, I've always had a tendency to take things too literally.

Next episode moves from 60s naivity, idealism, love, peace, marijuana and LSD to the bloated corporate 70s stadium rawk fuelled by heroin, cocaine and money.

Should be fun.
Dock

Taped it on Friday including that docu on The Doors album L.A. Woman.
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Second episode left me feeling a bit queasy. So many vast egos undiminished by the passage of time.

Don Felder's explanation of how he wrote the intro to Hotel California was as interesting as opening a can of sardines.

Somehow Led Zep got into it on basis that they played mainly in the US because there 'weren't enough big stadiums in Europe to make it worth their while touring'. Wankers.

By the end of the 70s, the music produced by the likes of Reo Speedwagon, Journey, Foreigner, Boston, Kansas etc was so bland it made The Shadows look like Slipknot.

Punk never got out of New York/Detroit, and was more of a fashion elsewhere than a movement. It was disco that killed off stadium rawk.

Only Tom Petty and Bruce emerged with any credit.

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