Racket Boy – An autobiography by Philip George

Rock and RB early 70’s

Rock and RB early 70’s:
In a poignant moment of reflection, RB delves into his personal journey amidst the vibrant rock music scene of the early 70s. Surrounded by iconic names like Led Zeppelin, Velvet Underground, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and Ten Years After, RB found himself immersed in a world of cultural richness at the Great Hall of Lancaster University in England, having just arrived from the culturally distant country of Malaysia.

His transition from the culturally rich but distant shores of Malaysia to the pulsating heart of England’s music scene was nothing short of a cultural awakening. It was in this new landscape that RB found himself amidst a cacophony of sounds and ideas, each more electrifying than the last. He eloquently captures the essence of contemporary music, highlighting its bold and unapologetic approach to appropriation. In this chaotic whirlwind of creativity, everyone is borrowing from everyone else, resulting in a feeding frenzy of ideas that drives the evolution of rock music forward. It’s an artistic experiment of unprecedented proportions, fuelled by a fearless spirit and an insatiable hunger for innovation.For RB, this immersion into the music scene was more than just entertainment—it was an education of the highest order. It laid the foundation for his growth in England, shaping his perspective and guiding his journey through the elusive university of life. As he reflects on those formative years, he likens the experience to a heavy night on the town followed by the inevitable moment of introspection, where one finds oneself pondering the timeless question: “What’s it all about, Sam?”
1 April 2024.
Racket Boy.

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