Trade ad for The Move's single "I Can Hear The Grass Grow" (cropped). By Deram/London Records - Billboard, page 23, 24 June 1967, Public Domain.

Trade ad for The Move’s single “I Can Hear The Grass Grow” (cropped). By Deram/London Records – Billboard, page 23, 24 June 1967, Public Domain.

Of her next broadcast, DJ Darla Bea writes: “Later tonight, follow me, your teacher of the airwaves, on Santa Barbara’s School of Rock, as we take another globe-spanning field trip. Tonight, we’ll explore the second biggest city in Great Britain, Birmingham, in the West Midlands.

Known within England as “the Workshop of the World,” the ingenuity of Birmingham musicians has lead to the formation of so many great bands and successful acts that AllMusic.com has called it “a seething cauldron of musical activity” since the 1960s, with artists in such popular contemporary genres and musical subgenres as Skiffle, Sound Clash Reggae, Folk Revival, Bhangra, Prog Rock, and Post-Punk.

Tonight’s lesson will explore the creative output and influence of such Birmingham artists as The Move, The Spencer Davis Group, The Moody Blues, Traffic, the Electric Light Orchestra, Black Sabbath, Band of Joy, Steel Pulse, Musical Youth, The English Beat, Dexys Midnight Runners, Nick Drake, Joan Armatrading, Fine Young Cannibals and more.

Get Ready to Rock Out, UK Style!”

“Rock It Properly” airs on Sundays in the winter from 8-10pm PST.