My Exciting Rock Dreams Were Fulfilled In London, Not Montana
I have been a fan of Rock and Roll since I was a child. My parents didn't listen to much rock and roll when I was growing up. My mom was into ABBA, Simon and Garfunkle, Neil Diamond, etc. My dad had pretty eclectic taste, everything from The Kingston Trio to Janis Joplin, and Hank Williams. So I had to find rock and roll on my own.
Rock and Roll On The Radio
I found it on the radio. I grew up listening to Z100 Missoula's Only Classic Rock. Once I found it, I was hooked. I became a student of "Classic Rock". I listened, and I studied. For the short time I was enrolled at the University of Montana, I took the class "The History Of Rock and Roll." I never bought the book for the class and I got an "A." I think that is the only collegiate "A" I received.
Two Things I Wanted To Accomplish In London
When we were planning our trip to London, there were two things I wanted to do.
- Record a video of me changing the lyrics to Warren Zevon's "Werewolves Of London", to "Chris Wolfe's In London" (I know this is silly, but when do I ever get the chance to do that?)
- Visit Abbey Road where the Beatles took their iconic photo for the album cover. I did both of those things.
The Historical Location
Whether you love the Beatles or hate them, you can't deny that they have had a lasting impact on rock and roll. For me to be able to go to where they once walked and worked was pretty incredible. The weather wasn't the best so we didn't spend much time there, but for me it was special. Montana has had some impact on the rock and roll scene with Jeff Ament being from here, but there isn't a place that has had such an impact on so many people, yet. Maybe one day in our state we will have a place that will draw people from all over the world to stand on some "Rock and Roll Hallowed Ground," but we don't have it yet.
An Added Bonus I Wasn't Expecting
A "Rock and Roll" bonus, that I was not expecting was being able to find a t-shirt with one of my all-time favorite album covers on it, the Clash's "London Calling." So now I have memories and a memento of the trip.
What Other Rock and Roll Memories Will I Fulfill?
In the meantime, I was able to fulfill my two goals on this trip with a bonus. Now to look ahead to some other iconic rock and roll locations to continue my education and make some more memories.
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