“Rock ‘n’ Roll Freaks are a band of misfits from across the globe who share a passion for REAL rock ‘n’ roll.”
Of his next broadcast (Monday, September 29), “The Freak Power Ticket”‘s Ted Coe writes: “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Freaks, an invite-only group moderated by blogger Ted Cogswell, is a social-media phenomenon that features professional writers, educators, artists, musicians, tech workers, and a host of other music fans from all walks of life with a taste for ‘most rock ‘n’ roll sub genres of the 50s, 60s and early 70s.’ And beyond.
With patron saints like the legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll critic Lester Bangs (immortalized by Philip Seymour Hoffman during the best scenes in Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous) the Rock ‘n’ Roll Freaks community displays a passion for that hard-to-define-but-you’ll-know-it-when-you-see-it sense of independence and rebellion, the rawness and wildness of ‘authentic’ Rock ‘n’ Roll, plus ‘[r]oots music (blues, old country, post-war R&B)…classic soul and raw funk.’
What’s off-limits within this realm? ‘[O]verplayed classic rock staples, jam bands, metal or mainstream rock… modern alternative, emo, indie pop, or shoegaze, and… schmaltzy soft rock muzak.’ While there may be a perfectly fine place for those things too, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Freaks community would rather not go there together.
Participants embody the music freak’s OCD compulsion to create lists, the can’t-help-oneself need to share undiscovered musical gems with other folks who actually might give a damn. It’s something akin to your heppest college or community radio stations — KFJC and WFMU are the first to come to mind.
The greatest and most public expression of these assorted music fans is the Rock ‘n’ Roll Freaks’ new ‘Freaks Hall of Rock ‘n’ Roll Heroes,’ which intends to honor
artists, groups, and other contributors who have not been recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Commercial success and/or critical acclaim are not factors in choosing candidates or inductees. Rather, we seek to spotlight those people who embody the true spirit of rock ‘n’ roll in their recordings, performances, and in the lives they’ve lived. In fact, we often strive to recognize those who are not likely to ever be invited to one of the establishment’s black tie and tux galas – the forgotten heroes, the renegades, and the free spirits who have left a unique imprint on the history of rock ‘n’ roll.
Formerly known as the ‘People’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame,’ in 2013 Cogswell’s original project ran afoul of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, co-founded by Jann Wenner of the Rolling Stone magazine empire.
Today’s program will give an overview of the R ’n’ R Freaks’ first round of ‘Freaks Hall’ inductees, a spirited response to Facebook shutdowns and legal cease-and-desist letters. ‘Made up of artists and groups who debuted by 1959,’ this group feature a few more familiar names and a number of hit songs. My playlist should be ear-opening — and I think very entertaining.
To paraphrase my pal Scooter Skutre, host of ‘The Inner Side Radio Program’ on KPFT in Houston, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll ‘em if you got ‘em.’ And join me today from 11am-1pm PDT.”
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays during KCSB’s summer schedule from 11am-1pm PDT.