Andrew Levy, the "Rotund Rocker", fell in love with Rock and Roll nearly 50 years ago, and is one of that generation who can recall hearing Elvis, Little Richard and Buddy Holly the first time around. He plays guitar, bass, banjo, keyboards and clarinet all rather badly, and has played as a working musician in rock, blues, and folk, groups, as well as in jazz and dance bands. He gave up the bagpipes after submissions from his wife and children and threatening letters from the neighbours.
His musical career includes such diverse roles as providing backing for strip artists and belly dancers, compering tiny tots beach talent shows, and playing music for and performing traditional English Morris Dancing. He counts himself as fortunate in that he never gave up his day job for a career in music. He would have starved.
When not playing music himself, or trying to resolve strikes, he reads and researches widely on rock and its context in modern society, and presents his programme 'Rock Roots' on 1485 Radio Today on Saturday nights from 8.00 to 9.00pm. The show looks at the diverse strands of music that came together to form rock, the artists who made it, and the way in which it has impacted upon modern life.