About The Rocker

Dear music fan,

Welcome to my webpage! Named after Thin Lizzy's song "The Rocker" (here's the video on Youtube: Thin Lizzy - The Rocker). I hope you enjoy my website. I started with the Big Star story in 2001 with one large page on a free webspace. In 2005 I got my own world wibe web-address and decided at the same time to extend the site to a music 'paper'.

I am Edwin Hagendoorn, live in The Hague (The Netherlands), 52 years old and music plays an important part in my life. I especially like rock and singer-songwriter but am interested in all kinds of great music and always lloking out for new cool bands. Lately I've been checking out a lot of the blues, jazz and folk originals who inspired rock musicians. My favourite bands/artists include The Beatles, Big Star, Led Zeppelin, Roxy Music, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, R.E.M., Jeff Buckley, Neil Young, Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Cheap Trick, The Who, XTC, Suede, Queens Of The Stone Age, Spoon, Oasis and Radiohead.

The first songs I noticed, on the radio or Top Pop, as a kid were 10CC's "The Wall Street Shuffle" ('74), Roger Glover's "Love Is All" (ft. the video with the singing frog (e.g. Ronnie James Dio!)), Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" (both '75) and a reissue of "Let It Be" by The Beatles (in '76 on the compilation "Rock And Roll Music"). And of course I played my dad's records, including a lot of 50's rock 'n' roll (Buddy Holly, Johnny & The Hurricanes, The Shadows, The Everly Brothers), 60's (The Beatles, Golden Earring) and 70's (Focus, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac). A couple of years later (around '80/'81) I started buying my first singles and lp's. This included Genesis, Electric Light Orchestra, Fischer-Z, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Paul McCartney, The Police and Steve Miller Band. It didn't take long before I started to listen to New Wave, Punk, Hardrock and Blues as well. And so, gradually, I became a collector, got interested in jazz (from Hendrix to Coltrane), a (modest) guitar player and a songwriter.

This site features a complete story on Big Star. I have been a Big Star fan since I discovered their 2nd lp "Radio City" (on Big Beat) in '86 or '87. I still think that "Radio City" is the most sensational album the band made because of it's exciting mix of melodic pop and the rawer dynamics of rock (alas Power Pop!) that inspired 80's and 90's guitarrockers as well. I decided to write an article about Big Star a couple of years ago but never came to publish it. Fortunately I discovered the possibilities of webpublishing and so my Big Star article finally took shape. This a new site then developed into a 'rock music portal'. The idea was to create a list of handy links in newspaper form for fellow music freaks/musicians. I plan to write more articles. Since I'm also a big fan of Moby Grape, this could be my next subject.

I've been playing guitar for about 15 years now, electric as well as acoustic (C&W, Spanish). At home I sometimes write my own songs, I started doin' this about 10 years ago and have about 20 songs now. Some of these will probably end up in the 'trash' but I'm happy with several others. It's a hobby, not a job. Most of it is singer/songwriter-style, some of it rock (in need of a band to support).

(June 2006) At the moment I'm trying to start 'my' first band. The line-up is not complete yet and we've only practised a couple of times but it looks like it's going to happen alright. The bandname is Feelflow. But we've been looking for a new drummer for a couple of months now. So far we've practised "Not for you" (Pearl Jam), "High and dry" (Radiohead), "If it makes you happy" (Sheryl Crow), "Stop draggin' around" (Lenny Kravitz), "Hedonism" and "Twisted" (Skunk Anansie). (June 2005) Unfortunately, Feelflow slowly faded away due to a lack of 'pace' after the drummer quit. He wanted to play hard-rock (Nickelback, 3 Doors down) which is fine but did not suit Feelflow.

So, I'll just practise a bit more, write some songs and have time to think about the next move. I'm working on 2 songs at the moment. One about a highschool ex-girlfriend who chose for her career. And a new one (only some lyrics so far) about a tough guy who falls madly in love (no, not about me). (May 2007) Two new songs are coming up, especially "Be My Friend" is turning out pretty good. I almost have enough songs for a cd. ;-) (Oct 2008) Started jamming again in a barn/inn somewhere in the polder (Westland), pretty cool. No one to be bothered there, couple of cows aside. (Sept 2011) Plan to record some demos with my new Roland Edirol recorder. Making a list of songs we could play acoustic. Maybe with a small group (singer, acoustic guitars, perhaps bass guitar) so we can practice in the living-room. Easier than keeping a full electric line-up. (Dec 2014) Finally finishing the song "Feel flow", intended as a signature tune for the band. (March 2015) At last, another jam session in 'the barn'. These wikiloops are pretty cool to jam along with. (May 2017) At last I've been discovering the possibilities of the Roland Edirol recorder properly, combined with WavePad (or a similar app) quite easy to record some demos.

Don't hesitate to mail me if you have suggestions for links and/or improvements. I really appreciate that.


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