By Dave Bidini

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

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 makes a decision to head on a truly lengthy highway journey, enjoying solo and checking out in regards to the country of rock ’n’ roll world wide. followed a lot of ways via his buddy 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 means of journeys to Newfoundland and Gananoque in Canada, and to long island City.

What Bidini reveals is that the rock ’n’ roll laptop has now not but flattened the globe, as every one position has taken what matches it from the West’s dominant song and missed the remaining. 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 concepts. In China, the place Bidini performs with the Rheos-Not-Rheos as a part of the Maple Rhythm competition, he has to teach the group sitting quietly in plastic chairs easy methods 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 dwell was once Boney M. In Africa, Bidini unearths out simply how some distance 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 enjoying 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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