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John Lebang Show September

This John Lebang Show: September, airs first on 9 September 2017: 8.00 pm EDT on Alien X Radio. It is then syndicated on radio stations across America and the UK every day for the following week – details below. On the last Sunday of every month, author of Rock’n’Roll Unravelled, Derek Shelmerdine joins host John…


Jimi Hendrix Story Mersey Radio

18 September 2017: The Jimi Hendrix Story Author of Rock’n’Roll Unravelled, Derek Shelmerdine in conversation with Frank Carlyle. The show starts at 8.00 pm (UK), Derek joins Frank at around 9.15 pm (UK). Mersey Radio This month we’ll be looking at the life of the iconic guitarist Jimi Hendrix. From his early days in local…


Who Is on Tour?

This website is based around Derek Shelmerdine’s book Rock’n’Roll Unravelled. Rock’n’Roll Unravelled tells the story of rock’n’roll from its roots to mid-1970s punk. If you want to know which of your heroes from these times is on tour now, check out the links below. Who is on tour? The Beach Boys Eric Burdon Jack Casady…


The Who Extracts

These Who Extractss are taken from Rock’n’Roll Unravelled. This is how the band came together… Before the Detours: Pete Townshend and John Entwistle: …The Confederates – trad jazz band c.1959: John Entwistle: French horn and trumpet Pete Townshend: banjo …The Scorpions: John Entwistle: bass – left in mid-1961 to join Daltrey in the Detours Pete…


Steve Marriott Story Mersey Radio

28 August 2017: The Steve Marriott Story Author of Rock’n’Roll Unravelled, Derek Shelmerdine in conversation with Frank Carlyle. The show starts at 8.00 pm (UK), Derek joins Frank at around 8.40 pm (UK). Mersey Radio This month we’ll be looking at the life of the extraordinarily talented Steve Marriott. A guitarist, singer and songwriter, we’ll…


RocknRoll Unravelled covers Music for Grown Ups

This week Derek Shelmerdine is covering for host Dave Roberts on his show Music for Grown Ups on Meridian FM, 24 August 2017. This will be Derek’s first solo radio show – and its three hours long! There will be music from Lead Belly, Genesis, MC5, Warren Zevon, The Kinks, Soft Machine, The Undertakers and…


Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band A look at the background to the album, the “clues” for the urban myth that “Paul is dead”, the cover design and the stories behind some of the songs. Released 1967: 1 June in the UK and 2 June in America. BACKGROUND The album spent a staggering 27 weeks…


Summer of Love BBC Radio York

50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love – 1967, a five-part series for Adam and Anna’s Afternoon Show, every day this week, around 2.40 pm, UK, Monday 21 August to Friday 25 August(UK) on BBC Radio York MONDAY – August 21 Where It All Began The first part takes a look at where it all…


RocknRoll Unravelled Hour August Meridian FM

The RocknRoll Unravelled Hour August, Derek Shelmerdine in conversation with host Dave Roberts on his show Music for Grown Ups on Meridian FM, 17 August 2017. What was happening in the rock’n’roll world in July down the years, from the roots to mid-1970s punk… The show is based on information in Derek Shelmerdine’s book Rock’n’Roll…


Heavy Metal Roots Meridian FM

The Roots of Heavy Metal, recorded in conversation with Dave Roberts on his Music for Grown Ups, Thursday 17 August, 8.20 pm (UK) on Meridian FM The first reference in a song to “Heavy Metal” was in Steppenwolf’s 1968 single Born to be Wild. This month we look at the emergence of the Heavy Metal…