Tuesday, 27 February 2018

The #RollingStones On Air In London

So how many of you lucky girls and boys and boys found the Rolling Stones in your stocking on Christmas morning?



I've spent a couple of weeks with the On Air album now and I'm still completely enthralled. I'm a massive fan of the 60s Stones. But it's always seemed to me that The Stones themselves wanted little to do with that part of their career. Understandable, I suppose, given that they lost control of the 60s catalogue to former manager Allen Klein a long time ago.


An Introduction to The Blues

On Air redresses the balance and will delight fans of the band's formative period. Particularly those who are fans of Brian Jones's guitar playing. While you're listening, consider that these performances were, for many, a first exposure to slide guitar. For many Brits back in '63, these performances form an introduction to the blues. In the story of pop music, these are monumental moments.

The On Air album – two CD's – features their BBC performances in 1964 and '65 recorded for radio at three London venues – Broadcasting HouseThe Playhouse Theatre and Maida Vale Studios.


The accompanying hardback book – follows them through radio and TV studios in the UK and across the world and weaves the narrative of the Stones' first act with the story of mass media's global explosion. Great photos, too.


On Air – A London Locations Map

To accompany the Rolling Stones book & double CD, I've put together a map featuring the three locations where the double CD's tracks were recorded for the BBC plus seven other London locations as featured in the excellent accompanying book.






The Rock'n'Roll London Walk meets at 2pm Tottenham Court Road station (exit 1) every Friday all year round – and every Wednesday at 7pm from 7th March 2017. You can follow the Rock'n'Roll London Walk on Facebook – www.facebook.com/rocknrolllondonwalk

Here's the trailer…






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