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Simon Johnson

My interest in music started when I first lived in London in 1970 when I became a regular at the famous Marquee Club. The original venue in Wardour Street has gone with on a commemorative plaque to Keith Moon, late drummer of The Who marking the spot. I had the privilege of seeing many bands from the Woodstock Rock era (1964 –74) some that made it, many that didn’t. Since then music has been very much part of my life.

How did you become involved?

I was invited to join the Woodstock Rock collective after a few drinks in a bar in Kobe!

If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?

Depends largely on what I’m listening to when Mars strikes! Having said that I would grab hold of:

  • Tho Who – Who’s Next
  • Frank Zappa – Hot Rats
  • Beethoven – 5th Piano Concerto
  • The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street
  • John Coltrane – Love Devotion & Surrender

What is the best thing about being involved with the station?

RTR offers listeners an incredible range of music genres which is presented by people who are knowledgeable and passionate.

What is the strangest thing that has happened to you in the RTRFM studio?

You get some strange phone calls, especially when we did the 10 – midnight shift!

What do you do in real life?

My background is in shipping and overseas trade development and I am currently with the Department of Agriculture & Food.