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It may or may not be a surprise to some of you, that I do enjoy me some AM radio.

I started my journey into the realm of commercial radio pushing buttons for a radio show called Coast-to-Coast AM on CFUN.

When I started there, I hated the show.  It was so stupid.

But after the better part of a year, staying up late and listening to the show all the time, I kinda got into it.

When I moved to Victoria, I more or less just stopped listening to AM radio.

Recently however, I have been enjoying this late night radio show twice a week.  After my DJ sets at the Veneto.

I only listen for 30 minutes or less… but its enough to hear some weird shit.

Last Saturday was a show called “Renegade History of the United States.”

People calling up the host to debate facts about history and motivations for stuff.  Slavery came up lots and the host said something interesting.  He wasn’t justifying the practice at all, but he did say that some good might have come for the horrible evil.

Chiefly, rock and roll.

Wow.

He said that the earliest roots of rock trace back to slave music.  No slaves, no slave culture, maybe no rock and roll.

Bob Seger – “Old Time Rock and Roll”

The weird consequences of the law don’t stop there.

What about Prohibition in the US in the 1920s?

The Untied States flirted with banning the manufacture and sale of alcohol.

As you might suspect, that didn’t go over to well with.. well pretty much everyone.  So an underclass of illegal nightclubs and saloons sprung up all over the US called the Speakeasy.

The Speakeasy became a hub for what racial activism was going on at the time and for jazz music.

Jazz music of this era would also have an influence on the rock and roll that would begin to take shape in the 50s.

Go with yourself.

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