His story was that of some breakers, both inside and outside of music, who ended up falling almost into oblivion, as so often happens with national things. But The Rocking Boys the journalist vindicates them and recovers them now with a fictionalized chronicle Matías Uribe, author of the work Fury under the rock.
This recently released book collects the story of a saga of musicians that began with the female trio Las Tres Rosas, created in Alcalá de Gurrea (Huesca), a few days before the outbreak of the Civil War.
‘fury under the rock’
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That saga of artists continued until it led to the creation of the first Spanish rock group, The Rocking Boys, a Spanish band with North American overtones that he has in his biography, now narrated by Matías Uribe, music, family turbulence and sexual adventures, all within the framework of the end of the 50s and 60s, amid the American cultural invasion and the arrival of the first Nordic tourists.
Matías Uribe himself, a graduate in History, journalist and music critic from the Heraldo de Aragón, explains the interest of this story. “The idea was not only to novel such an attractive story, but also outline the portrait of the time in which it develops and bring out the negative of the official story. The Franco regime was still attached to folklore and the oppressive imposition of laws and moral customs from the pulpits and from the powerful tribunes of power of its hierarchs. The Rocking Boys, however, without them looking for it, minted the reverse of that official coin, living a life of moral, social and sexual liberation, completely unusual at the time“.
And we tend to forget about our own pioneers, that’s why “all that is the rise of old musical figures, and especially if these have not been recognized in their greater relevance, as is the case of the Cadiz Rocking Boys “, is, in the author’s opinion,” a fair and necessary task in music journalism. “
Matías Uribe, author of the book. Teacher, graduate in History, journalist and music critic of the ‘Heraldo de Aragón’. He is the author of several books, always with a historical background.
“The story came to me when the founder of the group himself, who lives in Zaragoza, sent me a photo album. I found them magnificent, so testimonial of his family saga and of the time in which it passes, from the Civil War, to the first sixty, what I was very interested in it. They speak for themselves “, explains Matías Uribe, who includes many of those images in the book.
This book, which is “very revealing” and uses “an interesting technique to maintain narrative interest”, in the opinion of the singer and composer Miguel Ríos, comes to vindicate what is ours, sometimes less known than what is American. “Here there is still a lot of in-depth research and relevance due to so many and so many musical groups as they arose in Spain in the sixties and seventies “, thinks the author of Furia under the rock.
The Rocking Boys, born in the shadow of Gibraltar, they left a legacy more than musical, social. “Although they were not aware, they generated the first bridge of union with American music and they were pioneers in the implementation of a disruptive youth lifestyle with the rigid moral and manners of the Franco regime, as it was later seen and lived throughout the sixties and seventies, “says Uribe.
Returning to the book as the story of an era, it should be noted that it begins with the story of The Three Roses, a female group that “jumped from one side to the other of the civil war trenches as a way of survival“and that tells of the sexual adventures of The Rocking Boys in the early sixties, when they were” an absolutely unprecedented island of moral liberation, incredible when kissing a girl on the street could end the couple in the police station “.
Furia under the rock is edited and distributed on Amazon, an editing mode that Matías Uribe has chosen because it allows him to “control the entire process of writing, publication, sale and distribution, reaching half the world “ and that it has given him the possibility to publish it in five different formats and prices.