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Emperor Rosko to appear at Rock 'n Roll Symposium PIRATE RADIO'S FAMOUS DJ WAS PORTRAYED IN RECENT MOVIE THAT CELEBRATED HIS RADIO SHOW AND QUIRKY PERSONALITY The story of Emperor Rosko and Radio Caroline was most re- cently seen in the recent film "The Boat that Rocked." One month after the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, Radio Caroline broke nearly every British broadcast law. The British government regulated what could be heard on the radio, which guaranteed the BBC a vir- tual monopoly over the airwaves. Broadcasting from the safety of a decrepit tub of a boat anchored just off British territorial waters, Radio Caroline was known as "the ship that launched a thoUsand hits." Its disc jockeys enjoyed com- plete freedom and combined ir- reverent humor with spinning the leading rock 'n roll hits of the day. Emperor Rosko .himself will join the dais of the upcoming sym- posium in Avalon from the Catali- na Island Museum examining the British Invasion, the rock n' roll phenomenon of which he played such an important part, will take place just before the opening of the exhibition on June 30. At the core of the symposium is Avalon resident Spencer Davis. While a university student in Birmingham, .England, Davis de- cided to forego the purchase of books and bought al2-string guitar instead. The decision changed the direction of his life and the history of rock 'n roll. After discovering a 15-year-old Steve Winwood per- forming in a Birmingham pub, he formed the Spencer Davis Group in 1963. The band enjoyed a string of hits during the mid-1960s, in- cluding the rock classics "Gimme Some Lovin'" and "I'm a Man." Davis has lived on Catalina Island Fourth of July Parade reminders FROM THE CITY OF AVALON RECREATION DEPARTMENT The parade theme is "America! Go for the Gold! " Parade begins at 1 p.m. from the Casino building and heads down Crescent Ave. If you want to participate in the parade bring your decorated golf cart float to lower Descanso Street from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. for judging. If you miss judging make sure you are at the Casino Building by 12:30 p.m. for parade line up. All vehicles must be driven by a licensed driver. * No motorbikes are permitted in the parade, all vehicles must be street legal and driven by a licensed driver. It is preferred to throw toys or trinkets instead of candy. Candy creates a lot of litter. Parents please watch your chil- dren as they are retrieving good- ies from the ground. Spectators please be respectful of marked off areas where there are plants and flowers. If there are any questions please call the Recreation Dept. at 310-510-1987. for the past 11 years. He has spent much of the past six months work- ing almost daily on organizing the first exhibition dedicated to the story of the Spencer Davis Group "The symposium is a conversa- tion amongst many of the most im- portant players in the British Inva- sion, like Micky Dolenz and Peter Asher," Davis recently stated from' his home overlooking Avalon's harbor. "The idea is to explore the British influence in the music of the 1960s from every angle. Micky lends the view of an American, while Peter Asher and I can relate what it was like to come from Brit- ain. But people forget how impor- tant pirate radio was to those of us living in England during the 1960s. Emperor Rosko and Radio Caroline popularized rock 'n roll music at a time when it was virtually banned. He promoted bands like mine that couldn't find an outlet for our music on the radio." According to Spencer Davis, "no DJ was more popular than Emperor Rosko. He was the self- proclaimed 'God of the Airwaves' and was played by Philip Seymour Hoffman in the movie." A brash American whose light- ening-fast "jive talk" was matched only by his on-air antics, Emperor Rosko introduced a countless num- ber of British youth to rock 'n' roll hits heard nowhere else. He left Radio Caroline in 1967 but con- tinued to be an important figure in rock 'n' roll. He toured Europe with acts such as Sam and Dave, Booker T. and the M.G.'s and Otis Redding. Later, he joined Radio 1 and introduced himself in typically grand fashion: ,I am the Emperor, the geeter with the heater, your leader, your groovy host from the West coast, here to clear up your skin" and mess up your mind. It'll make you feel good all over." The Catalina Island Museum's symposium will include Beatles expert Martin Lewis, who will in- terview Emperor Rosko and musi- cians Spencer Davis, Peter Asher and Micky Dolenz. A question and answer period with audience mem- bers is part of the symposium. The Catalina Island Museum Presents The British Invasion Rocks Amer- ica will take place on Saturday, June 30 at 4 p.m. in the theater of the Avalon Casino. Immediately following the symposium at 6:30 N en 7 d,s a t at luD:llt ml fan li.-m wl . .tr p.m., symposium participants will be available for a signing in the museum's Harbor Room. The signing is free to the pub- lic. The opening reception for the exhibition Gimme Some Lovin': The Spencer Davis Group will take place on the same day at 6 p.m. in the museum. Spencer Da- vis and the Catalina Island All- Stars will perform during a Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks at The Point at the Avalon Casino. The concert begins at 6 p.m. For more information or to pur- chase tickets to the symposium, exhibition or concert, the museum may be reached by phone at 310- 510-2414 or at its website: Catali- naMuseum.org. The Catalina Island Museum is Avalon's sole institution devoted to art, culture and history. The mu- seum, its digithl theater and store are located on the ground floor of Avalon's historic Casino and are open 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. FOUITH OF XILY concrdT aT THE POIBT - [IVaLOB casillO . 2012 CaTaLlntl ISLAND must.urn . santa CaTaLlnfl IsLanD company Celebrate 4th of July with Spencer Davis New Concert T-Shirts Now on Sale! Museum Store open 7 days a week 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Located on the Ground Level of the, Avalon Casino 310-510-2414 www.CatalinaMuseum.org THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, June 22, 2012 7