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This week we feature our own Johnny Rocket interview which was recently featured on The Remso Republic Podcast! The libertarian king of rock and roll Johnny Rocket, from the Johnny Rocket Launch Pad joins the program to discuss everything comics, science fiction, and of course culture and politics. This is an explicit episode, so here is your courtesy trigger warning.
Johnny Rocket originally hails from the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois, whose namesake stems not from the winds of the Great Lake Michigan, but rather the city’s long and continuing history of corrupt, arrogant, blowhard politicians. With a family steeped in music, Johnny’s mother Susan “Rusty” Walker worked as both a lead singer and songwriter throughout the 1960’s and 70’s on records with Count Basie Orchestra, Ike and Tina Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, the band Chicago, and Rufus. As such, Johnny vividly remembers his introduction to the art form via copious amounts of the aforementioned as well as the Beatles, and Elvis Presley records playing throughout the family home.
Her influence in the entertainment business was a major factor in motivating Johnny towards the art of music and performing in front of a crowd. During Johnny’s time at his local government high school, he honed his illustration and drawing abilities, leading to him establishing his own comic book company, “John Boy Comics.” This exposure to the independence and joy of entrepreneurship gave him his first taste of his own American Dream.
Following graduation from high school, Johnny enlisted in the military and found himself stationed in in South Korea, visiting Asia, and various locations within the United States. By the age of 24, Johnny had climbed the ranks to be placed in charge of six men and their families. His desire to succeed in Uncle Sam’s military was the catalyst for him to become a Warrant Officer, and eventually pilot helicopters as an OH-58 helicopter pilot in the 4/6 Air Cavalry.
Upon exiting the military with an Honorable Discharge, Johnny turned his attention full bore towards his musical ambitions. His personal motivation coupled along with a wide variety of influences including rockabilly, blues, jazz, and western swing provided all the fuel needed to form “The Hot Roddin’ Romeos.” His deep passion for music, conceptual thinking, high energy, dynamic showmanship, and his creative song and lyric writing, has placed Johnny in the driver’s seat.
Johnny continuing his education, used his G.I. Bill. After three years of study, Johnny recieved a Bachelors degree in Audio Design Technology from The Art Institute of Seattle . Johnny has produced three full length records and numerous singles for: Jar of Rain, Hard Money Saints, Black Diamond, Sandy Buchner, and Hot Roddin' Romeos. His role as lead singer of “The Hot Roddin’ Romeos” in conjunction with his sense of patriotism, led him to create “The Johnny Rocket Launch Pad” radio show, thus affording his unique abilities to rock the catbird seat like a boss, passionately involved in both music and the promotion of Liberty.