Happy Anniversary to all Peh’s readers and followers who were born in this month! October is a special moth for the rock music. This month we do rocktober, an informal tradition of enjoying rock music and saluting the rocker’s world. Several fans of rock music, especially the genre of rock n ‘roll and classic rock, gather throughout the month, hanging out while drinking, and enjoying rock music. Some radios that celebrate rocktober , only air rock songs whole month during October .
As monthly tradition , Peh always make the caricatures of some characters and this month we make special drawings of rock musicians and singers.
“If a man can tell if he’s been successful in his life by having great friends, then I have been very successful.”
John William Cummings (October 8, 1948 – September 15, 2004), known professionally as Johnny Ramone, was an American guitarist, songwriter, actor and author, and the founder and member of Ramones, a famous and influential American punk band.
Johnny Ramone’s had a unique strumming style associated with his guitar playing. Generally, guitar players strum chords downwards (towards the ground) and throw in an upstroke (towards the upper body) on the way back up. Johnny played if he did not know about the upper stroke, he did only the down stroke but could play it fast and noisy.
He and his mates in Ramones showed that men did not need an elaborate musical techniques , refine repertoire, and many chords to compose a song. Just keep on your style and even a 3 chords song may be a good and popular.
Ramones band was founded in Capitol Hill New York in 1974. All of his founders an original members : Johny Ramone, Joey Ramone, and Tommy Ramone have passed away, but the band is considered as the first punk band in the world.
“Beethoven and Beatles, Mozart and Michael Jackson, Paganini and Prince – I like them all”
Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn Nicholson known as Vanessa Mae (born 27 October 1978) is a British violinist who has Thai blood from his father and Chinese Singaporean blood from her mother. At the age of 4 she migrated to England after the marriage or her divorced mother, Pamela Soei Luang Tan with his British husband. In the new country , Vanessa started to played violin. Vanessa-Mae then studied violin intensively under the guidance of Professor Lin Yao Ji at the National Conservatoire of Music in Beijing when she was 8 years old. Later , she returned to London and majored in music at London’s Royal College of Music.
Vanessa who shares the same birthday as Paganini, a renown classical music composer and violinist of 18th century, has played her first world concert in the age of 10 in 1988 at the Schleswig Holstein Festival in Germany . When she was just 13 years old, she had already recorded three highly-appreciated classical albums.
There are a lot of classical music prodigies in the world history, but Vanessa Mae is known for her crossing over from the classical music to the more contemporary musics; pop and rock. In her album released in 1995, The Violin Player, she presented violin in a new style and approach never known before. Many traditional classical music lovers criticized it but millions of audience were enchanted by the album. Vanessa Mae was born as a star and a lot of new artists follow her approach.
David Lee Roth
“I always admired Ray Kroc, the man who invented McDonald’s. Ray had a vision of the most commonplace thing – a hamburger and fries to go – but to him it was just the greatest thing ever, and he was going to make it the greatest thing ever for everybody else, and he did.”
Roth (born October 10, 1954) is popularly known as the lead singer of Van Halen. But he is also a musician, singer, songwriter, actor, author, artist, and former radio personality. He is known as an energetic and wild performer on stage.
His parents who have Jewish heritage were well educated , his father was ophthalmologist and his mother Sibyl Roth was a teacher. From an early age, Roth had an interest in the arts, especially film and radio. A|s child he adored Al Johnson, an American comedian and actor.
The hyperactive young Roth “bounced around” a number of schools and should saw a psychiatrist for three years. Finally, he cared for a horse in a ranch for troubled teens to build the sense or responsibility.
Young Roth became the singer of Red Jet Ball before being recruited by Eddie Van Halen and Alex van who appreciated his 5 octaves vocal range as the lead singer of Mammoth band in 1974. Upon hearing that another band has the same name , they changed the name to Van Halen.
“..you never know what your next dig is going to find”
Bill Wyman (born William George Perks 24 October 1936) is multi talented man, he is a musician, record producer, songwriter, amateur archaeologist, and singer. But he is worldly known as the bassist for the very famous English rock and roll band the Rolling Stones from 1962 until 1993.
He learned piano when he was a child but his first job was as a clerk in department store. After her marriage to Diane Corry in 1959, he bought an electric guitar and started to practice, but he was not satisfied with his progress.
He switched his interest to bass guitar after hearing one at a Barron Knights, a British humorous pop rock groups concert. He loved the sound of the band which was thick and he believed that it was the thing that his first band, Clifton, needed. He began to play bass guitar passionately and once he created a fretless electric bass guitar by removing the frets on a second in 1961. It was the first fretless electric bass guitar made in the world.
On 7 December 1962, Wyman became the bassist of Rolling stones as a successor to Dick Taylor. The members of the band were impressed by his instrument and amplifiers (one of which Wyman modified himself). He afterward did not only become the oldest member of the group but with his innate talent, soulful play, he elevated the taste of one the biggest rock band in the world.
“ I was born to flow with my destiny, whatever I had planned did not work .. And the things that I had never expected happened; becoming a rock singer, making albums had been beyond my expectations”
Nicky Nastitie Karya Dewi known as Nicky Astria (born in Bandung, 18 October 1967) is an Indonesian rock singer who has wide 4 octave vocal range. According to Angun, an international singer based in French bur born and raised in Indonesia, Nicky Astria is the best Indonesian woman rock singer with strong soprano voice. Her talent was spotted by talent scouters in a youth festival. They introduced her to Ian Antono, a famous Indonesian rock guitarist who would forge her characters and guide her career.
She has released 30 albums and has won several national awards for the best album or best woman singer category.
“Sometimes when you have children they’re the opposites of you.
Thomas Lee Bass nicknamed Tommy Lee (born October 3, 1962) is an American drummer and founding member of Mötley Crüe.
Lee received his first drum sticks as a present when he was four years old, and his first proper drum kit when he was older as a teenager. The teen Lee listened to rocks bands such as Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Kiss, AC/DC and Sweet. He quitted high school to pursue a professional career as a drummer, starting with the L.A. club band Suite 19. In 1981, Lee with Nikki Sixx, guitarist Mick Mars, singer Vince Neil founded Mötley Crüe. The band became popular quickly and created a strong fans basis.
Tommy Lee is considered by many people as the most entertaining drummer in the world.
“Music is the only reason I went to school. I was a kind of street kid, in a lot of trouble commiting crimes and stuff. Music gave me something to focus on.
Michael Peter Balzary known popularly as Flea (born on 16 October 1962) in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia is the bassist and founding member of Red Hot Chili Pepper Band. In 2009, Rolling Stone readers seeded Flea the second best bassist of all time.
Flea got his nickname from his inability to seat still. He said that as child he was terrified by his parents especially his step father figure who was an aggressive alcoholic. He began to smoke marijuana at the age of 13.
Flea learnt to play bass guitar from his close friend, Hillel Novak; the future guitarist of Red Hot Chili Peppers, in high school. His mate who needed a bassist for his band Anthym recruited Flea, the bass beginner player in the group. But Flea who had passion and music background progressed in quick time and found his own style. Later , Flea, Hillel Novak, Anthony Kiedis and Jack Irons created the legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers.
In 1993, Red Hot Chili Peppers musicians had a recreational time in Hawaii where they jammed, scuba dived, swam with dolphins and hung out. A healing moments especially for Flea. Rick Rubin, the band ‘s producer at that time, introduced Flea to meditation there. Flea said that the transcendental meditation that he practiced later on everyday helped him through many things in his wild world and his ultimate goal to be at peace with himself became unclogged.