Blog #1 August 24th, 2018
Hi I’m Rob Brosh, the author of the new rock history textbook titled Rock History-The Musician’s Perspective. I’m also a working drummer and professor of music at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and RCBC in New Jersey.
This bi-monthly (twice a month) blog will explore every and anything rock ’n’ roll by introducing related topics, discussion questions, and areas of special rock ’n’ roll interest. You don’t need to be a musician or be enrolled in a rock history course to participate. A love of rock music and your desire to express your passion for rock will do the trick.
I thought a good opening topic would be to ask everyone: What was the first rock band or artist that got you interested in rock music?
For me, it was the typical exposure to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones whom were both very popular and high profile in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. I was also exposed to a whole grab bag of music from Glen Campbell to Miles Davis. However, when I started playing drums it didn’t take long for me to develop a serious interest in Progressive rock music. I was amazed at the generally very high level of musicianship and the basic fact that I didn’t know what the hell they were doing! I became obsessed with the bands Yes, Jethro Tull, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, and above all, Genesis. I had no clue what odd meters they might be in or how to navigate through all of the complex arrangements of, for example, Jethro Tull’s Thick as a Brick album (see chapter thirteen of my textbook). All I knew was that I was drawn to this style of rock. From about a six to seven year window, I think I went to every Philadelphia appearance (usually at the Spectrum in South Philly) of all of the above listed Progressive rock bands. I was hooked, pure and simple.
So again, what band/artist(s) got you hooked on rock music? Tell me why and did this “gateway” band lead you to “harder” rock?