Program 333: Rock & Roll Roadtrips; Irish Homecoming; Proving Up On the Great Plains
Release Date: 07-27-2013
Explore sites that pay homage to some of the icons of rock and roll. Get a heartfelt taste of music traditions in Ireland where a homecoming theme invites visitors this year. Also, explore how the Great Plains can get you in touch with Native American and pioneer history, the natural world, and a few curiosities along the way.
- Travel writer Robert Reid
- Traditional Irish singer Liam O'Riordan, from County Cork, Ireland
- Tour guide and hostel proprietor Stephen McPhilemy, based in Derry, Northern Ireland
- Josh Garrett Davis, author of "Ghost Dances: Proving Up on the Great Plains" (Little, Brown)
- Robert Reid counts down his top 40 rock and roll sites at Lonely Planet, starting with numbers 40 to 21, and this link goes to his "top 20" list of iconic sites and experiences.
- Robert Reid has created a numbere of spiffy travel videos that he includes on his website, including a series called the 76-Second Travel Show on his Reid On Travel website.
- Robert Reid's favorite independent record stores, Amoeba Records, have a location on Haight Street in San Francisco.
- The Experience Music Project is a popular museum in Seattle, devoted to rock & roll.
- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is on the waterfront in downtown Cleveland.
- You can watch people posing like the Beatles did, at all hours of the day or night, at the Abbey Road crossing in London. Here's a link to a live webcam, with sound, hosted by Abbey Road Studios.
- Chuck Berry lists his show dates at Blueberry Hill in St. Louis on his own message board website.
- The big Flead Cheoil traditional music festival is being held August 11-18, 2013 in Derry in Northern Ireland.
- Josh Garrett Davis has a video trailer about his book "Ghost Dances."
- Poet Walt Whitman called the grass of the mid-American prarie "the handkerchief of the Lord."
- Among the "purple cow" attractions Rick and Josh mention today are Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska, and the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum in La Crosse, Kansas.
- The Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is about 50 miles from Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
Program Extra 1 - Robert Reid describes more sites for a rock and roll roadtrip in London and New York: The Dakota building at New York's Central Park West, where John Lennon was shot, the Ed Sullivan Theater, and Denmark Street in London. (runs 1:32)
Program Extra 2 - Josh Garrett Davis shares two more of his favorite places in the Great Plains: The Bad Lands of South Dakota, and the "Garden of Eden" folk art installation in Lucas, Kansas. (runs 1:11)