Rock and Roll Heroes. I started this website sometime in 2013 as a legacy site to pay tribute to the many wonderful musicians, singer frontmen and songwriters that paved the soundtrack of my life with their music. As an amateur rocker, who did not only listen to the music, but also played in many coverbands, duos and trios over the decades since rock and roll exploded into our lives, I realized later on in life, as I’m reluctantly entering the supposedly quiet years, that rock music between the mid 1950s and the 1990s, drove our entire culture. More than ever before in history was a global generation defined by music, as Rock and Roll and Rock/Pop became the soundtrack of our lives. It changed and over time defined politics, commerce, industry, transportation, communication, social interaction and education.
For 40 years it guided our sense of values, what was waste, what was cool and what was not. The electric guitar was cool. Rock and Roll was driven by the advance of the electric guitar. It demanded attention, even if only because of the volume and reach. It guided the best educated, revolutionary generation in history into adult hood.
But when our generation and our rock and roll heroes became corporate, too overly self important and self indulgent, Rock lost its driving cultural influence and handed it over to new genres like Hip Hop and Electronic Dance Music (EDM).
By the 1990s, as one generation handed the musical torch to a new generation, rock had been bent and bullied into new music genres, promoted by different music distribution platforms and rapidly advancing entertainment technology outlets, and we kind of turned away from rock as if it were a youthful indiscretion.
And then, as history usually goes, we turned old enough to remember the power of rock in our younger years and we created niche markets for rock to live in, at least for the remainder of our years. As we are entering the third decade of the 21st century, I am noticing that a lot of young females guitarists across the globe are picking up the rock and roll torch, aided by marketing online resources such as youTube, Patreon and Vimeo video channels. It gives me hope for the future of rock and roll. But for now it’s still a derivative of what we did fifty years ago. Give it time and they will make it their own and select new directions for rock and roll.
This website serves most as a tribute to our rock and roll heroes, and a little bit as a reminder to all of us baby boomers and rock music lovers, who picked up a guitar or kicked a drum in our formative years, and gained an understanding of how music transformed us and was our global language.
IN 2021 WE SAID GOODBYE TO:
• Gerry Marsden – singer/guitarist for Gerry and the Pacemakers (September 24, 1942 – January 3, 2021) – blood infection – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_Marsden
• Tim Bogert – Bassist/singer for Vanilla Fudge a.o. (August 27, 1944 – January 13, 2021) – Cancer – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Bogert
• Mary Wilson – Singer with the Supremes (March 6, 1944 – February 8, 2021) – Heart Disease – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Wilson_(singer)
• Sylvain Sylvain – born Sylvain Mizrahi, guitarist for the New York Dolls (February 14, 1951 – January 13, 2021) – cancer – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvain_Sylvain
• Bunny Wailer – Bob Marley and the Wailers (April 10, 1947 – March 2, 2021) – complications of a stroke – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunny_Wailer
• Michael Stanley – Michael Stanley Band (March 25, 1948 – March 5, 2021) – cancer – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Stanley
• Dusty Hill – Bass player/vocals for ZZ Top (May 19, 1949 – July 28, 2021) – unconfirmed – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dusty_Hill
• Joey Jordison – Drummer/founder of Slipknot (April 26, 1975 – July 26, 2021) – transverse myelitis – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joey_Jordison#
• Robbie Steinhardt – Violinist/frontman for Kansas (May 25, 1950 – July 17, 2021) – acute pancreatitis – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robby_Steinhardt#
• Charly Watts – Drummer for the Rolling Stones (2 June 1941 – 24 August 2021) – heart disease – https://rockandrollparadise.com/charlie-watts-8-2021/
• Don Everly – Everly Brothers (February 1, 1937 – August 21, 2021) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Everly_Brothers
• Jay Black – Jay & the Americans (November 2, 1938 – October 22, 2021) – pneumonia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Black
• Astro – Terence Wilson founding member of UB40 – (24 June 1957 – 6 November 2021) – unknown – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UB40
• John Goodsall – Atomic Rooster guitarist ((15 February 1953 – 11 November 2021) – pneumonia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Goodsall
• Graeme Edge – founding, life-long drummer for the Moody Blues (March 30, 1941 – November 11, 2021) – cancer – https://rockandrollparadise.com/graeme-edge/
• John Miles – Singer/Guitarist – (23 April 1949 – 5 December 2021) – short illness – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Miles_(musician)
• Michael Nesmith – guitarist for the Monkees (December 30, 1942 – December 10, 2021) – heart failure – https://rockandrollparadise.com/michael-nesmith-12-21/