TUNES FOR THE TRIP

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No road trip is com­plete with­out an epic playlist to ac­com­pany it. Road­trip hopes to help our read­ers cre­ate an epic playlist of their own by ask­ing our con­trib­u­tors for their own ul­ti­mate road trip playlists. This month, reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor and ’Seven­ties rocker Paul van Gass shares some of his all-time road trip favourites.

THAT ’SEVEN­TIES BEAT…

For me the ’Seven­ties (and early ’Eight­ies) was the pe­riod of orig­i­nal epic and pro­gres­sive rock, a time when even jazz, soul, or blues was in­flu­enced by rock mu­sic. It was also the time of the su­per bands, such as Queen, The Ea­gles, CCR, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Ge­n­e­sis, Su­per­tramp, Jour­ney, Kansas, Bos­ton, ZZ Top,toto,yes and Styx, to name a few, and the heavy metal rock­ers: Deep Pur­ple, Black Sab­bath, AC/DC, Nazareth, Blue Oys­ter Cult, Uriah Heep, Led Zep­pelin, Ju­das Pri­est … The list goes on.

Oh, and lo­cally the early ’eight­ies led to the Voëlvry move­ment, see­ing the resur­gence of Afrikaans rock, with Jo­hannes Kerko­r­rel and the Gere­formeerde Blues Band, Ber­noldus Nie­mand, and oth­ers … It was an ex­cit­ing, tu­mul­tuous time that pro­duced some of the most mem­o­rable songs ever, the type of mu­sic you want to hear when on a road trip. En­joy …

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