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'Rebellion For Dummies'
on January 7, 2011
Tom Lodge is an authentic, modern-day 'adventurer'. Throughout his life he has never failed to pick up and make-use-of new, "forward-moving" opportunities which were presented to him, regardless of the "oblique angle" changes these may have caused in his life.
In retrospect, it does seem that he was the perfect choice to be the Head Program Director for the original staff of Radio Caroline (circa 1964-'68).
This book (and its 'setting') gives the reader a sense of the more 'quaint' innocence of that time, as compared to our modern world.
The BBC had total control over the radio programming on land in Britain at that time, and refused to play anything but the most boring, staid music. Without the 'young upstart' rebelliousness of Radio Caroline, 'surpassing' the laws of the land and introducing untold numbers of newly-recording British bands - I think it's fair to estimate that probably 80% of the British Invasion would not have 'been allowed' to formulate in England(!), let alone ever being spread across the world. (The BBC would definitely, at that time, never have played the Stones. the Who, Kinks, Yardbirds, Animals, Cream, Zeppelin, etc. - The "cutting edge" of modern musical innovation from that time period of Tom Lodge's tenure as head program director/deejay with Radio Caroline, 1964-'68).
In regard to the British government's 'stranglehold' on the creativity of their own populace - it is reasonable to bear in mind that Britain's last war with Germany had had disastrous effects upon London itself (physically), and had left England economically 'constrained' and restricted (food rationing imposed, etc.) for a lengthy time period after the war. From this factor we can conclude two things: -a- The British government could have been still perceiving their "airwaves"/radio as needing to be stiffly controlled, (partly as "habit" from war-times, but also due to the important role that radio had played in the outcome of the war). -b- The British youth would have become focused upon using their own creative wiles to free their own lives from those extremely drab, boring and financially fruitless times, after the war, (through the 50's) in England.
Tha repression of after-war life in England had virtually caused a "pot-boiler" of pent-up creativity among its youth. Without Radio Caroline there to 'give voice' to all their dreams, not only would the world have missed this creative musical outpouring - but there's no telling what those poor blokes themselves (young musicians) would have had to suffer through (living 'unfulfilled lives', working away at their 'endless' day-jobs, etc.)
In reading this book one gets a glimpse at 'the workings' of a massively successful Music/Art Freedom Rebellion waged against an unreasonably restrictive 'Authority Figure'. In these present times, as the masses are 'converging' into technology (as per the "global village" effect), a little upgrading of each of our own (Individual) justified-rebellion willingness and rationale -"know-how"- couldn't hurt.