Rock N Roll Archaeology

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Rock And Roll Archaeology is, first and foremost, a community of Rock And Roll fans. Using our podcast, our website and blog, and of course, social media, we hope to provide a virtual town hall for Rock fans to meet and have great discussions about the history and impact of Rock And Roll. The Music. The People. The Culture. The Technology. Any other topics or aspects that may come up. Bring it. Our central question, our starting point is: How does Rock And Roll affect the larger society, and how does the larger society affect Rock And Roll?

Episode Date
Deeper Digs in Rock: Mindi Abair
01:32:08

Mindi Abair is a two time Grammy Award nominated saxophonist, vocalist, author and national trustee for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the organization that puts on the Grammy Awards show. Born in St. Petersburg, Florida and educated at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she graduated magna cum laude, she moved to the West Coast to pursue a multi-decade music career.

Her solo career has produced ten No. 1 radio singles, two No. 1 Billboard Jazz CDs, and four more solo CDs that have landed No. 5 and above on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts. She was the featured saxophonist for the 2011 and 2012 seasons of American Idol, performed with the rock band Aerosmith for their 2012 Summer Tour, joined Bruce Springsteen and Max Weinberg for a night at the Beacon Theater and has played with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra three times on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Determined and filled to the brim with talent and experience, she is now touring with her new band Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers. In the last few years, she has cut tracks with Joe Bonamassa, Gregg Allman (one of the last duets he performed on record) and Booker T. Jones, to name a few.

Get tour dates, music and more here: https://www.mindiabair.com

You can support the show by wearing cool rock n roll gear from TeePublic: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/rocknroll 

Call us at 650-822-ROCK or email at: info@rocknrollarchaeology.com

Aug 13, 2018
Muses and Stuff EP 82: Alice Carbone Tench
01:16:17

This week we have the pleasure of talking with Alice Carbone Tench. Alice is an author, blogger, mother, amateur cook and a rock-wife! We’ve been a fan of Alice from the day we discovered her incredible online presence, and have been reading everything she puts out and watching her Instagram stories ever since. Alice is kind, funny and vulnerable which makes her relatable and captivating to her growing audience. 

In this episode we talk about the love of creating and persevering, putting out content while being true to your self and building an authentic audience. We get to know Alice a little bit more and found out that she learned how to speak English through listening to Nirvana. Not only that, she discovered Leonard Cohen that way! Speaking of the Canadian legend, Alice tells us some extremely wise words that Leonard Cohen himself once told her. We talk about her journey from a town in the Alps to Los Angeles, the 5 languages of love and MUCH MORE!

Did we mention that Alice was ahead of the podcasting game and is familiar with interviewing people herself? That’s right! Tune in to find out about some incredible people she had the chance to speak with. Let’s just say that there’s an adorable story about an unreciprocated crush that turned into meeting the love of her life, Benmont Tench.

Alice may not realize it, but her words and her work are healing. Whether is be through sharing her love-filled recipes or opening up about her past and her present through her incredible writing- be sure to check her out. 

Find Alice on her website  http://www.alicecarbone.com/

On Instagram @ladyfromthealps

And Twitter @ladyfromthealps

Make sure to also check us out on the Rock n Roll Archaeology network and see what other great music shows they have to offer!

You can find us on Twitter Instagram & Facebook. We’re @musesandstuffpodcast and @chantyandlynx Don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to our podcast on iTunes!

Aug 09, 2018
Deeper Digs in Rock: Fare Thee Well with Joel Selvin
01:30:17

Rock N Roll Archaeologist, Christian Swain sits down for a spirit and in depth discussion with Joel Selvin on his latest book, 'Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead’s Long Strange Trip' with Pamela Turley, published by Da Capo Press.

Joel Selvin is a San Francisco Based music critic and author known for his weekly column in the San Francisco Chronicle which ran from 1972-2009. Selvin has written almost twenty books on various aspects of pop music, including the #1 New York Times bestseller, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock with Sammy Hagar. Joel has published articles in Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, Billboard and Melody Maker. He has appeared in documentaries about the music scene.

“Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead’s Long Strange Trip” is an unvarnished chronicle of the aftermath of the Grateful Dead after Jerry Garcia’s untimely death in 1995. What happens to the Core-four (Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart) when the head hippie unexpectedly leaves the building? It’s a twenty year struggle that set sail these four men into unchartered territory of self reflection, reinvention and finally redemption. Throughout the chaos they are always lifted and healed from their self inflicted wounds by the most devoted fanbase in all of rock n roll history, the Deadheads. It certainly is a long strange trip.

Pamela Turley joins the conversation for a few minutes at the front end. Pamela Turley has been a freelance writer for fifteen years. In addition, she has owned a theater, created and produced a radio show performed in front of a live audience, and written scripts for the public service division of Atlanta’s PBS station.

More on Joel Selvin: http://www.joelselvin.com

Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead’s Long Strange Trip: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/joel-selvin/fare-thee-well/9780306903052

You can support the show by wearing cool rock n roll gear from TeePublic: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/rocknroll 

Call us at 650-822-ROCK or email at: info@rocknrollarchaeology.com

Jul 30, 2018
Muses and Stuff EP 81: Cynthia Lennon
01:37:53

When Cynthia first met John Lennon he was an 18 year old teddy boy more interested in being class clown and playing his guitar then focusing on school work.  Both students at the Liverpool College of Art, Cynthia soon found herself looking forward to seeing him, laughing at John’s sharp wit and swooning when he’d play a tune or two after classes. It wasn’t long before they became a couple, but right from the start Cynthia realized life with John would never be simple. “He wanted me with him for as much of the time as possible which meant that very early in our relationship I had to choose between him and my other needs and responsibilities.”

Cynthia chose to put John first even with all that meant. Within 5 years they would marry, Julian would be born and Beatlemania would become a worldwide phenomenon. While fame and fortune opened many doors it also came with a significant price. Fans of The Beatles were now camping outside their home, the press followed them everywhere they went and the loneliness of having John away most of the year was difficult for Cynthia. Even when they were together, attending swanky events and partying with all the hottest celebrities Cynthia could never shake the feeling that she didn’t belong.

When John discovered psychedelic drugs, Cynthia began to feel an even greater distance growing between them. Cynthia also had increasing suspicions about John’s fidelity, especially after catching him lying about his relationship with an artist named Yoko Ono. John would continually deny he had any sort of contact with her, so you can imagine Cynthia’s shock upon returning home one day to find them lounging in bathrobes together. “I could feel a wall around them that I could not penetrate. In my worst nightmares about Yoko I had not imagined anything like this. Their intimacy had been so powerful I had felt like a stranger in my own house.”

Tune in to hear Cynthia’s story and make sure to check out her memoir, John.

For more Beatle Muses check out our episodes on Yoko OnoChris O’Dell & Astrid Kirchherr!

Make sure to also check us out on the Rock n Roll Archaeology network and see what other great music shows they have to offer!

You can find us on Twitter Instagram & Facebook. Don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to our podcast on iTunes!

This episode was brought to you by Electrified Porcupine, bringing you the best in collectibles, movies, music, wrestling, gaming & more.

Jul 26, 2018
Art of Rock with Kosh & Friends - EP.04
59:01

In Episode 4 of ‘Art of Rock with Kosh & Friends’ our host spends an hour with friend and super producer/engineer Val Garay at Aftermaster Studios in Hollywood. Garay is nine time Grammy nominated producer and winner of 1982’s record of the year with “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes. Val has garnered over 100 Gold & Platinum records. He was also the owner and designer of the renown L.A. 1980’s recording room, ‘Record One Studios’, where numerous hit albums were made before it was sold to Ocean Way Studios in 1988.

He has worked with The Motels, Mr. Big, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Burdon, Dolly Parton, Pablo Cruise, James Taylor, Queensryche, Neil Diamond, Dramarama, EZO, Ringo Starr, Linda Ronstadt, Sarah Brightman, Katrina, Nicolette Larson, Kenny Rogers, Santana, Reel Big Fish, Joan Armatrading and many others.

Kosh and Val discuss his San Francisco upbringing with a famous father, going from artist to engineer to super producer, making hit after hit owning the premiere studio in 80’s L.A. and still living the dream as an in demand producer.

Learn more about Val Garay and what he is doing at the moment. here: http://www.valgaray.com

You can support the show by wearing cool rock n roll gear from TeePublic: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/rocknroll 

Call us at 650-822-ROCK or email at: info@rocknrollarchaeology.com

Jul 23, 2018
Deeper Digs in Rock: Ahmet Zappa
01:36:19

The Rock N Roll Archaeologist sits down with Ahmet Zappa & Joe Travers of the Zappa Family Trust to discuss all things FZ! Ahmet is the executor and public head of the organization and Joe is the “Vaultmeister” for the family.

This is a fun and rousing conversation that digs from Franks Zappa’s early life; moving from East Coast city life to eventually a Western desert town. There is the epiphany moment that begins his unusual path in music when he bargains for an obscure avant-garde composers’ album. He matures to first score films, building his revolving member group ‘The Mothers of Invention’ as rock n roll is experimenting and infusing it’s simple concept with all forms of music. He goes on to produce over 60 albums until his untimely death at only 53 years old in 1993.

We also talk about what’s up today and the future.

The Zappa Family Trust is recently repaired and all four children are engaged in keeping the family legacy alive and well. Reissues and boxed sets are being produced in the highest quality available. And hold your butts because next year Frank will go on tour in the “Bizarre World of Frank Zappa”, an absolutely insane hologram experience. https://www.zappa.com

You can support the show by wearing cool rock n roll gear from TeePublic: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/rocknroll 

Call us at 650-822-ROCK or email at: info@rocknrollarchaeology.com

Jul 16, 2018
Muses and Stuff EP 80: Jo Wood
51:34

Last July we celebrated the dazzling Jo Wood by reading her 2012 memoir It’s Only Rock n Roll: Thirty Years Married to a Rolling Stone and by sharing her story. This July we got to chat with the woman herself and are over the moon to share our interview with her!!

In this episode we talk about Jo’s teen years in the model the modelling industry, her hilarious introduction to The Rolling Stonesand Ron Wood as well as some of her favourite memories of life on the road with the boys. We also talk about Jo’s passion for organics and how she turned a negative diagnosis not only into a positive life plan but also a full blown business! Jo shares some tips on how you too can build toward the goal of sustainable living.

Be sure to check out her amazing instagram account for some delicious meal goals @jowoodorganics !

Jo Wood Official also talks about her passion for adventure, sharing with us some of her favourite travel stories and talks about a recent adventure involving Bear Grylls! All this and more, so what are you waiting for!

You can find Jo’s memoir on Amazon & where ever books are sold and make sure to check out both her instagram accounts @jowoodorganics & @heyjo_rocknroll!!

#jowood #model #entrepreneur #organics #rollingstones #ronwood#keithrichards #marcbolan #trex #musicpodcast

Jul 12, 2018
Reel Rock: School of Rock
33:45

Reel Rock takes you to the 'School Of Rock' … as we review, rate, and celebrate the 2003 Richard Linklater film of the same name.

As always, SPOILERS AHEAD!

Some of the questions we will be answering are…

Would you let Jack Black teach your kids?

What lengths would you go to for a Led Zeppelin song?

What kind of mental gymnastics will Andy go through to attribute deep meaning to a children’s film?

All this, plus a visit from our youngest Digger, Mr. Lucas! - You don’t want to miss this one!

View the movie … https://www.amazon.com/School-Rock-Widescreen-Jack-Black/dp/B00018U9G6

Visit the site … http://www.rocknrollarchaeology.com/

Support a good cause … https://www.littlekidsrock.org/

Buy some merch and be sexier than you already are … https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/1919519-reel-rock?store_id=132597  

Jul 03, 2018
Muses and Stuff EP 78: Groupie Tales
45:35

Lynx is back from London and she has some tales! She tells Chanty about her whirlwind adventure in England which includes going to a Rolling Stones concert and meeting a 70 year old Pearl Jam Groupie! The girls also discuss their joining with the Rock N Roll Archaeology network! Check out their website and all their fantastic and diverse music related shows. There’s something for every music fanatic out there. www.rocknrollarchaeology.com

Chanty and Lynx start a new segment called Groupie Tales where they share stories of love and admiration for a musical group. Do you have a funny backstage story? How many tour buses have you been on? Let us know!

The episode finishes off with the girls quizzing each other on some Rock & Roll Trivia. Do you know who whispers “Quite Rightly” on Donovon’s hit single Mellow Yellow? What about the person who was supposed to sing backing vocals with Mick Jagger on Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain? Play along with us and have some fun listening to to this week’s episode!

You can find us on Twitter @chantyandlynx & on Instagram & Facebook @musesandstuffpodcast. Don’t forget to Rate, Review & Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes!
 
This episode was brought to you by Electrified Porcupine, bringing you the best in collectables, movies, music, wrestling, gaming & more! http://www.electrifiedporcupine.com
Jun 28, 2018
Art of Rock with Kosh & Friends - EP.03
01:05:43

In Episode 3 of ‘Art of Rock with Kosh & Friends’ our host invites long time collaborator Aaron Rapoport to Aftermaster Studios in Hollywood to discuss their years of working together. Rapoport is an American photographer, best known for his photographs of musicians. In a career that spans over three decades, Rapoport has photographed in a wide variety of areas including commercial photography, but his work in album covers is particularly well known.

Kosh and friend Aaron dive into some uncharted territory, like where is Cher’s tattoo exactly? Lot’ o fun with REO Speedwagon and Kevin Cronyn. The real story of the flight case featured on “Eagles Live ‘80”. The two do get serious as they discuss working on the Lynyrd Skynyrd album, “Street Survivors” just before the infamous plane crash. A must hear to believe.

Aaron is still a working photographer based in Los Angeles.

Check out his work here: http://www.aaronrapoport.com/

Jun 25, 2018
Rock N Roll Librarian Reads : Hit So Hard
01:20:05

This episode the Rock N Roll Librarian Shelley Sorensen and C Swain review ‘Hit So Hard’ by original drummer for the 90’s grunge band, Hole.

Patty Schemel's story begins with a childhood surrounded by the AA meetings her parents hosted in the family living room. Their divorce triggered her first forays into drinking at age twelve and dovetailed with her passion for punk rock and playing the drums. Patty's struggles with her sexuality further drove her notoriously hard playing, and by the late '80s she had focused that anger, confusion, and drive into regular gigs with well-regarded bands in Tacoma, Seattle, and Olympia, Washington. She met a pre-Nirvana Kurt Cobain at a Melvins show, and less than five years later, was living with him and his wife, Hole front-woman Courtney Love, at the height of his fame and on the cusp of hers. As the platinum-selling band's new drummer, Schemel contributed memorable, driving beats to hits like "Beautiful Son," "Violet," "Doll Parts," and "Miss World." But the band was plagued by tragedy and heroin addiction, and by the time Hole went on tour in support of their ironically titled and critically-acclaimed album ‘Live Through This’ in 1994, both Cobain and Hole bassist Kristen Pfaff had died at the age of 27

With surprising candor and wit, Schemel intimately documents the events surrounding her dramatic exit from the band in 1998 that led to a dark descent into a life of homelessness and crime on the streets of Los Angeles, and the difficult but rewarding path to lasting sobriety after more than twenty serious attempts to get clean. ‘Hit So Hard’ is a testament not only to the enduring power of the music Schemel helped create but an important document of the drug culture that threatened to destroy it.

Our hosts also discuss the companion documentary film of the same name with previously unseen footage of Cobain and Love. This is some real rock n roll archaeology, so dig in with a listen and then tell us what you think!

Support the shows by wearing cool rock n roll gear from TeePublic: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/rocknroll 

Disclaimer: The views expressed here by Shelley Sorenson are made in her capacity as a private citizen, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the San Francisco Public Library or the City of San Francisco.

Call us at 650-822-ROCK or email at: info@rocknrollarchaeology.com

Jun 21, 2018
Muses and Stuff EP 76: Astrid Kirchherr and Stuart Sutcliffe
01:04:22
Rock N Roll Archaeology wants to give a warm welcome to our sister rockers, friends and kick-ass podcasters, Chanty & Lynx and welcome them to our family of Rock N Roll podcasts!
 
You will now be able to listen to the Muses & Stuff podcast wherever you find Rock N Roll Archaeology podcasts! What better way to get started than to jump right in with the story of Astrid & 'The Fifth Beatle'!
 
When Astrid Kirchherr and her friend Klaus Voorman came across The Beatles playing deep within Hamburgs red light district they were gobsmacked – rock n roll simply did not exist in Germany in 1960. Soon they began attending shows every night and Astrid, a gifted photographer, got the idea to shoot the band.
 
With Klaus’ help translating, soon The Beatles were their fast friends and subjects of Astrid’s latest photo sessions- their first official publicity photos. She connected with all of them, but none so much as as the mysterious heartthrob of the group, Stuart Sutcliffe. Wait a minute! There’s no Stuart in The Beatles! Well, in their inception there was, and in no time they were inseparable. Like Astrid, Stuart’s talents lie in his art and together their work flourished. Astrid was his muse, but also highly influential in The Beatles early career. In this episode you’ll hear both Stuart and Astrid’s story, along with The Beatles pre-world domination.
 
You can find Astrid’s incredible work here  & Stuart’s at Stuart Sutcliffe Art and Paintings – The Official Estate
 
You can find us on Twitter @chantyandlynx & on Instagram & Facebook @musesandstuffpodcast. Don’t forget to Rate, Review & Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes!
 
This episode was brought to you by Electrified Porcupine, bringing you the best in collectibles, movies, music, wrestling, gaming & more! http://www.electrifiedporcupine.com
Jun 18, 2018
Vinyl Snob 06: Collecting & Pressing (pt. II)
38:39

In episode 6 we introduce a new segment called "Confessions of a Vinyl Addict". In it we talk with "advanced" vinyl collectors and find out what drives them and why, how and where they hunt and how they ended up as vinyl addicts.  In this first installment, Vinyl Snob producer Dana Berry speaks with Gavin O'Neill, a collector that curates his own specialized selection of albums from a certain era in pristine condition, mostly 1st pressing and country of origin releases. Check out the bonus video tour of Gavin's record room on the Vinyl Snob website.

In our second segment, we finish our interview with Steve Sheldon at Rainbo Records. In episode 5 we took a tour of the pressing plant and now in episode 6 Steve tells us the fascinating history of Rainbo, which in many ways reflects the story of the vinyl record itself.

Vinyl cuts:

  • Me & Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin
  • Seven Seas by Echo and the Bunnymen
  • A1 On The Jukeboxby Dave Edmunds
  • Polk Salad Annie by Tony Joe White

Please visit www.vinylsnob.com for everything you need to know about the Snobcast including episode pictures and video, history, contact information and the Vinyl Snob store! Thanks for listening!

Jun 14, 2018
Deeper Digs in Rock: Robert Hilburn on Paul Simon
01:14:07

For more than fifty years, Paul Simon has spoken in songs about alienation, doubt, resilience, and empathy in ways that have established him as one of the most beloved artists in American pop music history. Songs like “The Sound of Silence,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Still Crazy After All These Years,” and “Graceland” have moved beyond the sales charts and into our cultural consciousness. But Simon is a deeply private person who has resisted speaking outside of his music. He has said he will not write an autobiography or memoir, and he has refused to talk to previous biographers.

Finally, Simon has opened up—for more than one hundred hours of interviews—to Robert Hilburn, whose biography of Johnny Cash was named by Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times as one of her ten favorite books of 2013. The result is a landmark book that will take its place as the defining biography of one of America’s greatest artists.

Author Robert Hilburn was the chief pop music critic for the Los Angeles Times for more than three decades. Hilburn has reported extensively on most of pop music’s giants, including Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and U2, just to name a very few. He lives in Los Angeles.

Rock N roll Archaeologist Christian Swain sits down with Mr. Hilburn at Aftermaster Studios in Hollywood for a deep dig into his latest book, ‘Paul Simon: The Life’, as well as a few digressions into rock n roll music in general. It’s a roaring good time where Christian gets to meet one of his journalistic heroes and throws the tough questions to the grizzled reporter.

More on Robert Hilburn here: www.roberthilburnonline.com  TW:@roberthilburn

You can support the show by wearing cool rock n roll gear from TeePublic: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/rocknroll 

Call us at 650-822-ROCK or email at: info@rocknrollarchaeology.com

Jun 11, 2018
Reel Rock: Rumble
29:13

Reel Rock returns to take a look at the 2017 documentary “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World” As always, various points of the film will be discussed so…spoilers ahead!

Link Wray, Jessie Ed Davis, Jimi Hendrix, and Redbone will all be discussed plus many more…including Cher! (I don’t know why, either)

Although Andy’s wit is fully on display, we will still be answering questions this episode, such as…

Holy Crap, is Andy taking something seriously?!
Can love really lift us up where we belong?
How much does Andy hate other critics?!

All this and more will be discussed this episode so join us on an exploration of “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World”

View the film here.

Check out our network of podcasts here.

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Jun 05, 2018
Art of Rock with Kosh & Friends - EP.02
01:11:23

In Episode 2 of ‘Art of Rock with Kosh & Friends’ our host brings into Aftermaster Studios in Hollywood the great photographer and long time collaborator, Robert (Bob) Blakeman. Kosh and Bob have been working together since the early 1980’s. Lot’s of big pop names are discussed and secrets revealed, Rod Stewart and Linda Ronstadt reappear from EP1, along with The Motels, the Pointers Sisters, and the great Jimmy Webb with his original Ford Cobra. Also, we get a peak behind one of the most famous beer campaign glamor posters ever shot, as well as the time Bob was allowed to shoot infamous Oakland Hells Angel, Sonny Barger.

Originally a SoCal native Robert Blakeman was educated in the MFA program at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London. Starting an independent studio in the late 1970’s, he very quickly began shooting industrial and fashion with Levi Strauss, Joseph Magnin and Anheuser-Busch, including one of the most famous of the beer maker’s glamour shots of the 1980’s. He also owned the historic Engine Company 17 firehouse in downtown Los Angeles that helped launch the City’s revitalization project in the early 2000’s. Listen in as Kosh and Bob relay stories through their careers and the rock n roll world.

Check out Bob Blakeman's work here: http://robertblakeman.com/index.html

You can support the show by wearing cool rock n roll gear from TeePublic: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/rocknroll 

Call us at 650-822-ROCK or email at: info@rocknrollarchaeology.com

Jun 01, 2018
Deeper Digs in Rock: Randy Bachman
01:01:22

Rock n Roll Archaeologist Christian Swain sits down with supremely talented Canadian musician Randy Bachman to discuss his new album ‘By George By Bachman.’

Bachman was a member of not one, but two legendary rock bands, the eponomys Bachman-Turner Overdrive and The Guess Who.  He’s been a staple on the rock n roll scene since the mid-1960’s, and continues to regularly tour with Fred Turner, Burton Cummings and well as his own band.  As if that doesn’t keep him busy enough, Bachman has his own weekly radio show 'Vinyl Tap' on the Canadian Broadcast Corporation and Sirius XM, which he’s been doing since 2005. 

Listen as Christian and Randy discuss the new album, an homage to Beatle George Harrison and the inspiration behind it.  They also talk about inventing the lick to one of the most famous classic rock songs of all time, building a second act when the chips are down, and solving the mystery of that infamous Beatles chord with producer Giles Martin. 

Pick up ‘By George By Bachman’ over on Randy's site here.  And a special thanks to Justin over at the Missing Piece Group for making this interview possible.  It’s been a thrill!

You can support the show by wearing cool rock n roll gear from TeePublic: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/rocknroll 

Call us at 650-822-ROCK or email at: info@rocknrollarchaeology.com

May 21, 2018
Art of Rock with Kosh & Friends - EP.01
01:11:59

'Art of Rock with Kosh and Friends' is the latest podcast offering from Rock N Roll Archaeology. Kosh is a renowned art director with some 2000 album covers to his credit.

In Episode 1 of ‘Art of Rock with Kosh & Friends’, the mononymous Kosh sits down with long time collaborator Ron Larson to discuss several albums they worked on together.  From Rod Stewart, Jon Anderson, REO Speedwagon, Kim Carnes and David Lindley to Linda Ronstadt, with whom they won a pair of Grammys for the albums “Get Closer” & “Lush Life”.

Ron was trained as a graphic designer at Cal State Fullerton and two weeks before graduation was hired to help finish the logo design for an upcoming low budget sci-fi film, something called Star Wars.  Yeah, that one. It was just the beginning of a long and fruitful career making posters and other visuals for numerous music and film productions.

Kosh and Ron will tell stories working together, the highs and lows, the fun and gags, on many classic album covers, some of which we are certain are in your collection.

You can support the show by wearing cool rock n roll gear from TeePublic: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/rocknroll 

Call us at 650-822-ROCK or email at: info@rocknrollarchaeology.com

May 15, 2018
Deeper Digs in Rock: Art of Rock with Kosh
01:00:41

Christian Swain welcomes newest host to the Rock N Roll Archaeology Network of Podcasts, the indomitable Kosh with a sit down discussion introducing him to the Diggers.

Who is Kosh? What is Kosh? Why is Kosh?

He is a world famous art director whose adventures in the annals of rock n roll are rather legendary, having designed close to 2000 album covers beginning with the Beatles’ Abbey Road cover. He’s been working on the visual arts side of the music business for 50 years. We can guarantee you have seen his work. His new show is called ‘Art of Rock with Kosh & Friends’. It will dissect the inspiration, the process, the good times and the bad, but mostly the fun and the work with numerous guests in coming episodes of ‘Art of Rock’.

Listen and prepare! Let’s get to know Kosh and his upcoming podcast ‘Art of Rock with Kosh & Friends’.

http://koshdesign.blogspot.com

You can support the show by wearing cool rock n roll gear from TeePublic: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/rocknroll 

Call us at 650-822-ROCK or email at: info@rocknrollarchaeology.com

May 10, 2018
Deeper Digs in Rock: Rock Photographer Mick Rock
01:46:57

Mick Rock(yes, that is his real name) is a British photographer best known for his iconic shots of rock and roll legends such as Queen,David Bowie, Syd Barrett, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Geordie, The Sex Pistols, The Ramones,Joan Jett, Talking Heads, Roxy Music, Crossfade, Thin Lizzy and Blondie. Often referred to as "The Man Who Shot the Seventies", most of the memorable images of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust were shot by Rock, in his capacity as Bowie's official photographer.

Rock N Roll Archaeologist Christian Swain spends a lovely afternoon lounging in the Glam parlor discussing his career then and now. Oh yes my pretties, he is still very much active and in demand for any rocker looking to gain credibility or stand up tall against the gods.

Recently Mick was a subject of our show Reel Rock ;with Andy King, who vigorously breaksdown the 2016 Magnolia Pictures, SHOT: The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock. Go listen to our interview and then watch the documentary to learn more about this photographic master!

Mick Rock's website: http://www.mickrock.com/

SHOT!: http://www.magpictures.com/shot/

Mick Rock's Facebook:facebook.com/therealmickrock

Mick Rock's Twitter:  twitter.com/therealmickrock

Mick Rock's Instagram: instagram.com/therealmickrock

Mick Rock's Tumblr: therealmickrock.tumblr.com

You can support the show by wearing cool rock n roll gear from TeePublic: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/rocknroll 

Call us at 650-822-ROCK or email at: info@rocknrollarchaeology.com

 
May 03, 2018
Reel Rock: Rock Star
28:29

Reel Rock makes its triumphant return as we review, rate, and deconstruct the 2001 film, Rock Star, starring Mark Wahlberg.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

Some of the questions we will be answering on this episode…

Who unleashed this hell upon the Earth and why?

Is it supposed to be about Judas Priest?

How can something age this terribly?

All this plus a bonus “interview” with “Marky Mark” …

Buy the movie here! https://www.amazon.com/Rock-Star-Mark-Wahlberg/dp/B00005TPMA

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Apr 27, 2018
Deeper Digs in Rock: Rock PR with Tony Michaelides
01:35:29

What exactly does “Promotions” or “PR” do in the record business? We don’t know, so let’s ask a legend!

Rock N Roll Archaeologist Christian Swain sits down with U.K. PR master, Tony Michaelides to talk insider business, as well as working with some of the gods. During our lengthy conversation we bring in some big guns he had the opportunity to work with; David Bowie, Chris Blackwell, Simon Cowell, U2 and others. There is also a good deal of time talking about his growing up in Manchester, getting in the record business on a mistake, what it was like going from store to store in the early years, his jump to promotions and how the business works today compared to the golden years of rock n roll. It is our favorite thing to do, a lot of fun wrapped up in with some good old fashioned “how to”!

When you want to dig even deeper, pick up a signed copy of Tony’s book, ‘Insights from the Engine Room’, published in 2009 from Jason Media Group. http://tonymichaelides.com/signed-book/

Tony is also available for in person talks. Take a look at his website to learn more: http://tonymichaelides.com/

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Apr 23, 2018
Vinyl Snob 05: Cutting & Pressing
39:54

In episode 5 we finish our conversation with Ron McMaster at Capitol Records. We dig into what mastering really is and Ron talks us through the “you got one shot at it” process of cutting a lacquer. The next step is pressing a record and Vinyl Snob wastes no time in driving from Hollywood to the Valley to speak with Steve Sheldon, the General Manager of Rainbo Records. Steve takes us on a tour of the manufacturing plant, starting where Ron left off and literally walking us through the many steps of pressing a record. Join us in discovering what exactly went into making that shiny round platter you put on the turntable. And as usual, there is plenty of rock n roll music to accompany us on our journey.

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Apr 09, 2018
Deeper Digs in Rock: Unofficial Rush Historian
59:10

Are there still RUSH fans out there?

Rock N Roll Archaeologist Christian Swain sits down with unofficial (seriously? Unofficial?) Rush historian, Ray Wawrzyniak where they discuss the band, music in general and what it’s like being an ultimate super-fan.

When Rush's 2016 documentary “Time Stand Still” was released, many fans were introduced to super-fan Ray Wawrzyniak for the first time. A product of Buffalo, NY he has turned his basement into a Rush-cave museum with enough memorabilia that, in his own words, “is enough nonsense to make the band clearly just cringe”. Starting with his hand written 91 page list of the entire collection (began in 1995), it just goes on forever from there. Who knows where all this devotion goes? Put in the ears buds and let’s find out!

Get the Rush doc at Amazon


Ray’s interview from “Time Stands Still”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp8DIMSV6iM

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Mar 12, 2018
Episode 15: Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Five Summers in Los Angeles
01:23:47

An impressionistic look at the interplay of Rock N Roll and Culture in Los Angeles during the latter half of the 1960s. There are familiar elements: storytelling, critical discussion and commentary, and lots of Rock N Roll attitude. But this one is different from most of our previous RNRAP offerings.

We draw inspiration from multiple sources, but the wellspring is a pair of books—two collections of essays by the California writer Joan Didion: “The White Album” and “Slouching Towards Bethlehem.”

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” asserts Ms Didion in the opening of “The White Album.” This is an entirely human and natural response; we try to make sense of things, to apply a narrative frame to a “shifting phantasmagoria of events.”

And it may even work—for a while. Ultimately though, no frame will fit. We are left with a chaotic collection of impressions, with a story that has no moral—and with a restless feeling that perhaps an opportunity was missed here.

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Mar 06, 2018
Rock N Roll Librarian: Reckless Daughter - A Portrait of Joni Mitchell
01:16:18

This episode Shelley and Christian review “Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell” by Professor David Yaffe. Consider this a companion to our interview with Professor Yaffe on Deeper Digs in Rock.

Joni Mitchell may be the most influential female recording artist and composer of the late twentieth century. In Reckless Daughter, the music critic David Yaffe tells the remarkable, heart-wrenching story of how the blond girl with the guitar became a superstar of folk music in the 1960s, a key figure in the Laurel Canyon music scene of the 1970s, and the songwriter who spoke resonantly to, and for, audiences across the country.

In this intimate biography, drawing on dozens of unprecedented in-person interviews with Mitchell, her childhood friends, and a cast of famous characters, Yaffe reveals the backstory behind the famous songs—from Mitchell’s youth in Canada, her bout with polio at age nine, and her early marriage and the child she gave up for adoption, through the love affairs that inspired masterpieces, and up to the present—and shows us why Mitchell has so enthralled her listeners, her lovers, and her friends. Reckless Daughter is the story of an artist and an era that have left an indelible mark on American music.

Published in 2017 by SaraCrichton Books.

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Mar 02, 2018
Deeper Digs in Rock: NAMM 2018
01:05:42

Join us - and 100K friends - at Winter NAMM 2018, the largest professional music conference in the world.

Over 4 days we explore the show floor, meeting up with old and new friends, checking out the new gear and see some fantastic artist performances.

Friends of the show, Guitar Showcase Sr. Buyer Jack Van Breen and Aftermaster Studios Manager Erin Alden join us to talk about the great improvements this year at NAMM, the She Rocks Awards and much more!

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Feb 20, 2018
Reel Rock: Head
28:34

Join us for a whirlwind of infotainment as host Andy King dissects the much aligned 1968 film, 'Head', starring the Monkees.

Some of the questions answered are:

Will Andy finally lose his mind with his insane theories?

Are the Monkees secretly proto - punks?

What’s the deal with all the innuendo?

You can purchase the movie … https://www.amazon.com/Monkees-Head-Micky-Dolenz/dp/6305038694

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Feb 12, 2018
Deeper Digs in Rock: Reckless Daughter - A Portrait of Joni Mitchell
01:17:26

Rock N Roll Archaeologist, Christian Swain is privileged to chat with author and rock biographer David Yaffe.

David is a professor of humanities at Syracuse University.  He is the author of Fascinating Rhythm: Reading Jazz in American Writing  and Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown.   

His most recent book which is the focus of the episode, Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell, has just been published by Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar Straus & Giroux.  

His writings have appeared in many publications, including The Nation, Harper’s Magazine, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, Slate, The Daily Beast, The New York Times, Bookforum, and The New York Review of Books.  

For more on Professor Yaffe head to his website.

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Feb 07, 2018
Deeper Digs with Rock Drummers: Hal Blaine
01:16:55

Christian has to use all his tools available as The Rock N Roll Archaeologist when he heads to Palm Springs, CA to sit down with legendary drummer Hal Blaine. 

At age 88, Blaine performed on 40 No. 1 singles and has played on more than 35,000 recorded tracks. A member of the fabled Wrecking Crew, he has backed such stars as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, the Ronettes, the Carpenters, John Denver, The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, Steely Dan, The Byrds and many others.

As we release this podcast, Blaine, who is already in The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, was given The Grammy's Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's 60th annual event.

Hal Blaine was the busiest recording session drummer in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s, playing the drums on — by his count of the Musicians Union Contracts — thousands of recordings, from the Wall of Sound productions of Phil Spector to Brian Wilson’s productions of the Beach Boys, and including most of the pop/rock performers in Los Angeles in the ’60s, as well as such notables as Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. His memories were published in 1990 and the book, Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew is currently in its 3rd iteration. 

Join Christian as he sits down with this drummer extraordinaire for some great stories, as well as his love of Zildjian cymbals.

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Jan 25, 2018
Deeper Digs in Rock: Chicago - The Terry Kath Experience
43:52

Rock N Roll Archaeologist Christian Swain sits down with Michelle Kath Sinclair and discusses the documentary feature film she has put together paying homage to her father, founding member and legendary Chicago guitarist Terry Kath.

After discovering a box of Chicago memorabilia, Michelle began work on this documentary as a way to get to know and understand her father, one of the great unsung rock legends of the 1970s. Featuring interviews with Kath’s Chicago bandmates, friends, family, and prominent musicians (including Joe Walsh, Jeff Lynne, Steve Lukather, Mike Campbell, and Dean DeLeo), the film is interspersed with concert footage, archival photos, and video taken by Kath himself, as a way to piece together a life that ended tragically too soon. 

Buy or rent 'Chicago: The Terry Kath Experience' on Amazon Video, iTunes, and Vudu.

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Jan 19, 2018
Deeper Digs with Rock Drummers: Omar Hakim
01:23:01

Widely acclaimed for his versatility, technological prowess and groove, Omar Hakim is one of the most successful drummers and session men of the past forty years. 

An American jazz, jazz fusion and pop music drummer, producer, arranger and composer. He has performed with some of the most high-profile music artists in the world, including David Bowie, Sting, Madonna, Dire Straits, Journey, Kate Bush, George Benson, Miles Davis, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and more. Bowie described Hakim as "a fascinating drummer, with impeccable timing and always fresh in his approach." Omar has left his imprint on hundreds recordings including several under his own name.

In 2017, Omar Hakim was named the new chair of the Percussion Department at Berklee College of Music.

Join Christian as he sits down with Professor Hakim and they dig into all things percussion, including his love of Zildjian cymbals.

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Jan 09, 2018
The Company You Keep: The Epic Story of Zildjian Cymbals and Popular Music in America
01:13:33

Welcome to a very special episode of Deeper Digs in Rock, a production of the Rock N Roll Archaeology Project. This episode is a joint effort, created by the RNRAP team with the support of the great folks at the Avedis Zildjian Company - makers of Zildjian Cymbals.

The Zildjian story spans two continents and four centuries, but at its essence, it is an American story. So the show begins with the story of Zildjian’s move to America, in the closing years of the 1920s. This old-but-new American company has only been operating a few weeks when the Great Depression hits, but Zildjian somehow manages to survive, and eventually, to prosper.

Then to the origin: 1618, in what is now known as the city of Istanbul, Turkey. A young metalsmith has developed a secret bronze formula that produces high-quality cymbals with unique musical properties. The Sultan is impressed, commissions his work, and grants him a name.

Maker of cymbals: Avedis Zildjian. 

The Zildjian story takes us across oceans and continents, through centuries of history. We visit the great concert halls of Europe and Jazz nightclubs in Harlem. We hear whispers of palace intrigue and witness the rise and fall of empires; escape war and genocide, and endure economic hardship.

And through it all, through ingenuity and determination—and no small amount of luck—Zildjian continues on, making the world’s best cymbals and helping shape the story of popular music in America.

All the lines converge on February 9th, 1964, when The Beatles came to America. The Rock N Roll Era brings new challenges and opportunities to Zildjian.

The episode closes with a really fun, informative visit to the Zildjian facility in Norwell, Massachusetts. We meet some of the key people at Zildjian, and talk about what the next four hundred years might bring.

This one has it all: an epic story, great people, lots of music and some surprise special guests too!

Settle in, listen, and enjoy, then head over to Zildjian.com for additional information on the history of Zildjian, their beautiful cymbals and this podcast.

 
Dec 25, 2017
Deeper Digs in Rock: Smithsonian Rock and Roll with Bill Bentley
01:04:34

"Sitting down with Bill Bentley was a real blast for me." says Christian. "First, he sounds like the great commentator with the pleasant Texan drawl, Bill Moyers! He is extremely knowledgeable with a storytellers knack and we just had a lot of fun.  I am sure we could've easily continued talking for several hours. 

Also, I can not say enough about the book.  At first, I scoffed at it being just a picture book and catalog of starts through the rock of ages, but the more I picked it up, the more I enjoyed it. In fact, I now consider it one of my prized possessions that I've received since starting the RNRAP!"

Bill Bentley is the former A&R Director at Concord Music Group and Vice President of Warner Bros. Records. He has been a drummer, record store clerk, DJ, concert promoter, music producer, and record label publicist. Through it all he has been a writer; in 2007 he received the ASCAP Deems Taylor award.

In December 2015, the Smithsonian with Bill Bentley - called on rock and roll lovers around the world to collect photos and stories of their favorite moments in music. Fans dug through attics, basements, closets, shoeboxes, digital cameras, and photo albums to post great rock shots to rockandroll.si.edu. From Woodstock to the Whisky a Go Go, from Lollapalooza to the 9:30 Club, and all the rockin’ places in between, fans overwhelmingly responded with their favorite rock and roll moments. Iconic artists ranging from the Who to Nirvana to Chuck Berry to the Jimi Hendrix and many more are celebrated here. There are early photographs of everyone from Run D.M.C. to the Runaways, and contemporary shots of some of the biggest names in music, including Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, and Metallica. Presented together, these photographs create a kaleidoscopic history of the artists, the musical styles, the venues, the concerts, and the fans. This is rock and roll as it has never been seen before.

Dec 20, 2017
Rock N Roll Librarian Reads: From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars
01:03:27
This week Shelley and Christian review 'From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars'
by Virginia Hanlon Grohl with forward by Dave Grohl. Published by
Seal Press, April 2017.
 
Written by Dave Grohl’s mom (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) to answer her own questions about the experiences of other mothers who had raised rock stars, and based on interviews with women who had done just that. She was curious about whether they were as surprised as she was about their children's fame; whether they worried about their children's well-being in an industry fraught with drugs and other dangers; whether or not they had actively encouraged their children's passions despite the odds against success; and whether they were raised in musical households. During her two year journey she interviewed a several moms of musicians covering a range of genres and generations, such as the moms of Dr. Dre; Amy Winehouse and Geddy Lee.
 
With exclusive family photographs and a foreword by Dave Grohl, From Cradle to Stage will appeal to mothers and rock fans everywhere.

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Dec 19, 2017
Vinyl Snob 04: Maintenance & Gear
38:26

In Episode 4, we talk vinyl maintenance and gear. Dave speaks with Bes Nievera Jr, the brand ambassador for Music Direct in Chicago, about how to care for your records and stylus. Then we travel to Boston to speak with Peter Maltzan and Bob Hertig of U-Turn Audio. A modern start-up with an old school mission. U-Turn manufactures high quality turntables for a reasonable price

Songs from vinyl played in this episode:

  • I’ve Seen All Good People by YES
  • Let it Bleed by The Rolling Stones
  • I Need to Know by Tom Petty
  • Mercury Blues by David Lindley

Episode credits:

  • David Whitaker - Host & Producer
  • Dana Berry - Executive Producer
  • Cameron Robbins - Theme Music
  • Recorded at Post Audio Sacramento, CA

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Dec 12, 2017
Deeper Digs in Rock: The Sound of Rock with Bob Heil
01:19:42

Christian has the privilege of interviewing Bob Heil. Bob is a legendary sound and radio engineer most well known for creating the template for modern rock sound systems. He founded the company Heil Sound in 1966, which went on to create unique touring sound systems for bands such as The Grateful Dead and The Who.

Heil invented the Heil Talk Box in 1973, which is frequently used by musicians such as Peter Frampton, Jeff Beck, Slash, Joe Walsh and Richie Sambora.

He pioneered fiberglass speaker enclosures, the electronic crossover circuit, parametric EQ, modular mixing consoles, and the quadraphonic PA system used by The Who. 

Heil has been an innovator in the field of amateur radio, manufacturing microphones and satellite dishes for broadcasters and live sound engineers. In the late 1980s Heil Sound became one of the first American companies to create and install home theaters. 

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Dec 07, 2017
Reel Rock: SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock
28:47

Join us in this episode of Reel Rock, where we get into 'SHOT! THE PSYCHO-SPIRITUAL MANTRA OF ROCK'. A recent documentary about famed rock photographer Mick Rock.

The subtitle of this episode could be “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Photography”

Some of the questions we will be answering in this show:

  • Who is Mick Rock?
  • How did Andy NOT know who Mick Rock was?
  • What does a modern day photographer think?

Stream the movie here: https://www.netflix.com/title/80168033

Check out Photographer Mike here: http://www.mikemicciche.com/

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Nov 27, 2017
Deeper Digs in Rock: Richard Lloyd of Television
01:07:00
In this episode of DDiR, Christian has the privilege of chatting with someone who basically helped create the world of punk, post-punk, alternative rock before Year Zero in New York City.  None other than Richard Lloyd, co-founder of the band Television and a spark that helped ignite the punk movement at CBGB's.
 
In his new autobiography, 'Everything Is Combustible' Lloyd recalls hanging out with Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Lee, and Led Zeppelin while still in his teens, and other adventures from rock's heydey, relating it all with sharp insights and dry wit.
 
Considered a foundational band of alternative rock, Television’s debut record, Marquee Moon, is widely viewed by critics and musicians as one of the greatest albums ever recorded.   As one half of Television’s unique guitar sound, and a legendary solo artist in his own right, Richard Lloyd’s music has influenced a range of bands and artists from U2, Johnny Marr and Joy Division to R.E.M., Sonic Youth, Wilco and John Frusciante.
 
For more info and to orser the book head here: http://www.everythingiscombustible.com
 
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Nov 20, 2017
Deeper Digs in Rock: Red Roses, Green Gold
31:23

A different kind of Deeper Digs this week. Rock N Roll is fueling a new wave of musicals both on and off Broadway and one that caught our eye was the recent opening of 'Red Roses, Green Gold'.

The musical is a comedic tale of a family looking to con its way to fortune in Maryland in the Twenties, featuring songs by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter. The characters have names like "The Candy Man" and "Bertha," and for added jam-band authenticity, Furthur and Dead & Co. keyboardist Jeff Chimenti was hired as musical director. 

Christian sits down to discuss the production with Director Rachel Klein, the NYC based director, who has been coined "Endlessly Clever," (by The New York Post), and "Nothing short of brilliant," (by Broadway World) and of whose work The New York Times has stated: "What makes this show pop is the bracing vision of its director, Rachel Klein."

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Nov 13, 2017
Vinyl Snob 03: Indie Record Stores & Swaps
30:28

In our third episode, we journey to three Bay Area used record stores. Vinyl Snob producer Dana Berry chats with Steve Maag of Collins Music in Suisun City, Dave Kloski of Dave's Record Store in Berkeley and Tom O'Shaughnessy of Econo Jam Records in Oakland. Host Dave Whitaker then takes a trip out of his record store comfort zone and visits Not Another Record Swap, a buy, sell and trade gathering held at the Lost and Found Beer Garden in Oakland. Dave speaks with organizer Tracy Parker and vendors Dave Pehling and Jim Granato.

Songs from vinyl played in this episode:

  • Monday Morning by Fleetwood Mac
  • Bad is Bad by Huey Lewis & The News
  • It's So Hard by John Lennon
  • Let Me Love You by Jeff Beck

Episode credits:

  • David Whitaker - Host & Producer
  • Dana Berry - Executive Producer
  • Cameron Robbins - Theme Music
  • Recorded at Post Audio Sacramento, CA

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Songs from vinyl played in this episode:

  • Monday Morning by Fleetwood Mac
  • Bad is Bad by Huey Lewis & The News
  • It's So Hard by John Lennon
  • Let Me Love You by Jeff Beck

Episode credits:

  • David Whitaker - Host & Producer
  • Dana Berry - Executive Producer
  • Cameron Robbins - Theme Music
  • Recorded at Post Audio Sacramento, CA

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Nov 06, 2017
Deeper Digs in Rock: The Psychedelic Worlds of Paul Major
59:08
Christian is in NYC to sit down and chat with renowned record collector and frontman of Endless Boogie, Paul Major.

Paul is the focus of 'FEEL THE MUSIC: The Psychedelic Worlds of Paul Major' a new book chronicling his decades spent unearthing the rarest and strangest from the realms of lost heavy psych masterpieces, unheard private press loner folk jams, demented lounge artifacts and every other conceivable and inconceivable genre in between. It is a companion piece to the 'Paul Major: Feel the Music Vol. 1' album here.

Paul Major has lived resolutely at the edge of outsider music culture for nearly a half-century. As an early private press and “real people” record collector turned eminent, underground rock ‘n’ roller, his influence is felt if not heard all around us—until now. Feel the Music traces Paul’s trajectory from his formative days in the Midwest, his years in the late ’70s New York punk scene, and into his curious career as a connoisseur and campaigner of the weirdest records of all time.

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Oct 30, 2017
Reel Rock: The Film Career of Tom Petty
16:44

A look back at the film career of Tom Petty.

Host Andy King celebrates this recently departed rocker, who is 'Reel Rock Royalty' with a personal touch and still finds the answers to questions such as...

Is it really a cameo if you are the character?

Which Director admittedly owes his career to Tom Petty?

Can Tom make a Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy enjoyable?

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Oct 09, 2017
Vinyl Snob 02: Record Store Day
39:33

In this episode we head to Berkeley California on Record Store Day and visit two of the biggest record stores in the Bay Area, Rasputin’s and Amoeba. At Rasputin’s we speak with long time manager Tom Chandler and customers about visiting the local record store instead of buying online. At Amoeba we sit down with manager Dina Ruedel and co-founder Dave Prinz about the culture of the local record store and why they have become popular again.

Songs from vinyl played in this episode:

  • Riders on the Storm by The Doors
  • Stop Breaking Down by The Rolling Stones
  • Rock N Roll Suicide by David Bowie
  • Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down by Graham Parker

Episode credits:

  • David Whitaker - Host & Producer
  • Dana Berry - Executive Producer
  • Cameron Robbins - Theme Music
  • Recorded at Post Audio Sacramento, CA

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Sep 26, 2017
A Long Strange Podcast: Act I
01:08:53

The RNRAP is proud to present a mini-series of shows 'Deadicated' to discussing Amazon Films' 'Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead' documentary.

Over the next six weeks we will be recapping each Act with guest host Tim Lynch of KPFA's 'Dead to the World' radio program. Tim will be joined by Christian & Peter as well as very special guests that are part of the film, Dead scholars, academics or had another important role in the 50+ year story.

The other weekly guest on roundtable will be...'The UnDeaducated'. This guest will know little to nothing of the band and be exposed to them mostly the first time through this film.

Be sure to head over to Amazon to watch Act  1 of the documentary before joining us! The film is directed by Amir Bar-Lev and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

This week's special guest is Dr. Rebecca Adams, whom John Perry Barlow once called the 'Margaret Mead of tie-dye', a sociologist, professor and director of Gerontology at UNC at Greensboro. Rebecca has been one of the foremost scholars on the Grateful Dead fans – known as Deadheads – since the 1980s. She is the co-author and co-editor of numerous books and papers on Deadheads.

This week's Undeaducated is friend of the show Tom Rizzuto. Teacher Tom is a professor of music at Molloy College on Long Island, New York where he teaches guitar, world music and the history of Rock and Roll. His writing has appeared in History Magazine, Discover Magazine, and on earlier episodes of Rock Talk. You can see him speak on the topic of music and controversy at his TEDx talk here, Understanding The Music That Divides Us.

Have a listen to our Deeper Digs in Rock interview with Director Amir Bar-Lev here.

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Sep 20, 2017
Reel Rock: Magical Mystery Tour
23:15

Reel Rock is back … and I’m dying to take you away!

Today’s selection is the 1967 Beatles movie 'The Magical Mystery Tour' - spoilers ahead!

Have you ever wondered who was the eggman?

Will my Aunt endure the same verbal abuse as Ringo’s Auntie?

Can I find a travel agent cool enough to plan my own Magical Mystery Tour?

Who was the damn walrus?

All of these questions and more will be answered on this episode.

You can buy the DVD here: https://www.amazon.com/Beatles-Magical-Mystery-Tour/dp/B008RTE08E

Please visit Amy Schwartz for all of your travel needs: https://amyschwartztravel.com/

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Sep 20, 2017
Rock N Roll Librarian Reads Infinite Tuesday by Mike Nesmith
01:00:55
One of the four Monkees was actually a futurist.
 
Did you know that he helped birth MTV?
 
Did you know he put together one of the first country rock outfits of the late 1960's early '70's?
 
How about the fact he wrote 'Different Drum' famously covered by Linda Ronstadt.
 
Did you know that Mike Nesmith's mother invented Liquid Paper?  
 
Shelly and Christian discuss this extremely interesting autobiography, 'Infinite Tuesdays: An Autobiographical Riff by Mike Nesmith.'
 
Michael Nesmith’s eclectic, electric life spans his star-making role on The Monkees, his invention of the music video, and his critical contributions to movies, comedy, and the world of virtual reality. 
 
Above all, his is a seeker’s story, a pilgrimage in search of a set of principles to live by. That search took Nesmith from a childhood in Dallas, where his single mother Bette invented Liquid Paper, to the set of The Monkees in Los Angeles; to the heart of swinging London with John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix; and to an unexpected oasis of brilliance in the Santa Fe desert, where his friendships with Douglas Adams and Los Alamos scientists would point him toward the power of the infinite and the endless possibilities of human connection. This funny, thoughtful, self-aware book is a window onto an unexpected life, inflected at every turn by the surprising candor and absurdist humor of an American original.
 
Opening Infinite Tuesday is like stepping into the world of Michael Nesmith, where something curious is always unfolding, and where riffs on everything from bands to dogs to the nature of reality make for an endlessly engaging journey.
 
"Beautifully written." New York Times
 
“Nesmith is an artist, adventurer and thinker whose nimble creativity soared far above the appellation he was given: “The smart Monkee.” In Infinite Tuesday, he details the inner forces, from personal to spiritual, that kept him forging ahead –and that created stumbling blocks as well. Unsparing and revealing, this book is an unusual, unforgettable read.” —Ben Fong-Torres
 
Disclaimer: The views expressed here by Shelley Sorenson are made in her capacity as a private citizen, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the San Francisco Public Library or the City of San Francisco.
Sep 14, 2017
Deeper Digs in Rock: Keith Moon - The Real Me
50:54

'Keith Moon: The Real Me' explodes on the stage with the turmoil and excitement of the wildest drummer in rock and roll. A living legend during his lifetime, Keith Moon still stands as the pinnacle of rock-star extremism—both in life and music. The play explores the mind of Keith Moon, as he attempts to save himself from the unbearable burden of living up (or down) to his self-created legend of ‘Moon the Loon'. As Keith attempts to save himself, he takes the audience on a journey through his early struggles, his joining The Who, and their rise as one of the world’s greatest rock bands. By the show’s end, the audience intimately knows the man behind the myth—his acute vulnerability and insecurity, and his struggle to escape the ever-looming rock and roll crash landing.

Writer, actor, musician Mick Berry has been working on this project since an earlier version of the production in 2013. Believing there was yet more of Moon’s life that demanded deeper, and more personal, volatile and intimate exploration, Berry’s newest incarnation, in collaboration with director Carlin, offers audiences an immediate experience into the mind of Keith Moon as he struggles with his demons, shares his ideas on creativity and genius, while desperately trying to pull himself out of his self-induced downfall. The results are comic, shocking, terrifying, and universal.

See 'Keith Moon: The Real Me" at the Marin Theatre Company through Sept 10

For information on the show head to: http://www.keithmoontherealme.com/

 

Aug 22, 2017
Reel Rock: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
28:50

In this episode of Reel Rock, we cover the 1978 “film” Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees. Everything will be covered so please consider this your spoiler warning.

Have you wondered who is to blame for this?

Is the critical consensus justified?

All of these questions and more will be answered in this show.

Also, in this episode Andy makes history by doing a movie review from a Gentleman’s Club! You don’t want to miss this one!

Special Note - The name of the club has been changed by request of the owners, and to guarantee the safety of their performers.

Here’s where you can rent the film: https://www.amazon.com/Sgt-Peppers-Lonely-Hearts-Club/dp/B00009APB6

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Aug 21, 2017
Vinyl Snob 01: Mastering Vinyl
37:47

Welcome David Whitaker and Vinyl Snob to the RNRAP family of podcasts!

In our first episode we are joined by Vinyl Mastering Engineer Ron McMaster at Capitol Records in Hollywood. We talk with Ron about the days before digital and he takes us through the resurgence of vinyl in recent years.

Songs from vinyl played in this episode:

  • Spinning Wheel by Blood Sweat & Tears
  • Jeepster by T Rex
  • Hi Ho Silver by Fleetwood Mac
  • Misundersttod by Pete Townsend and Ronnie Lane

Episode credits:

  • David Whitaker - Host & Producer
  • Dana Berry - Executive Producer
  • Cameron Robbins - Theme Music
  • Recorded at Post Audio Sacramento, CA

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Aug 17, 2017
Deeper Digs in Rock: The Rock N Roll Pirate Captain - Sam Cutler
01:24:20

With permission to come aboard, Christian has embarked on a voyage with a man who was involved in running two of the biggest bands on the planet  - Sam Cutler.

Sam was tour manager for the Rolling Stones at some of their major gigs in the late sixties, including the infamous concert at Altamont where a man was murdered by a Hells Angel in front of the stage while the Stones played on. After the show, Sam was left behind to make peace with the Hells Angels, the various mobsters and organizations who had taken an overt interest in the event, and the people of America. Sam survived Altamont and went on to live the ultimate rock and roll dream.

Appearing in the recent 'Long Strange Trip:The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead', Sam recounts high ol’ times he had managing tours for the Grateful Dead — who went on to become the world's most successful live act.

Along the way Sam tells tales of the psychedelic circus that was the music industry in the sixties and seventies, including Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Band, Pink Floyd, and Eric Clapton. Sam has seen — and done — it all as Captain of a few rock n roll pirate ships.

Pick-up Sam's book 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' on Amazon.

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Aug 01, 2017
Deeper Digs in Rock: Dick Boak & Martin Guitar Masterpieces
51:57

Christian gets in-depth with Dick Boak. Dick nearly lost his eyesight at the age of six and ever since, has concerned himself with visual details. He focused on drawing, woodworking, writing and music. In his teens, he self-published two booklets of poetry, immersed himself in technical drafting, and began to experiment with musical instrument design and construction

In the late 1960s, Dick headed off to college and soon joined the counterculture. Fascinated with the architecture of Buckminster Fuller, he began designing and building geodesic domes. His wanderings took him to Vermont where he worked a series of disastrous jobs in support of his bohemian lifestyle. Eventually, he departed for California with a band of like-minded hippies in search of the utopian dream. Landing at Lou Gottlieb’s infamous Morningstar Ranch commune, he constructed many hand-hewn dwellings and domes and entered his most prolific years as a conceptual illustrator.

Returning to the East Coast, he became an art teacher, lathe turner, performing musician and luthier. In 1973, he discovered C. F. Martin & Co. and was soon hired as a design draftsman. Since then and for the past 32 years, he has held many diverse and creative positions there, leading to the formation of Martin’s Artist Relations Department and the conception of more than one hundred and forty signature guitar collaborations with the top musical talents of our time. His acclaimed book Martin Guitar Masterpieces relays the stories of those collaborations. For 17 years, he lived in his converted “Church Of Art,” an active studio for art, woodworking and live music.

Currently living in Nazareth, Pennsylvania with his wife Susan and their two daughters Emily and Grace, he continues to build his legacy with The Martin Guitar Company, finding occasional time to further his art and music, and work on the publication of his more personal book Dot To Dot – The Creative, Comical & Covert Adventures of Dick Boak.

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Jul 24, 2017
A Long Strange Podcast: Act VI
01:40:41

The RNRAP has been proud to present this mini-series of shows 'Deadicated' to discussing Amazon Studios 'Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead' documentary.

Over six weeks we have been recapping each Act with guest host Tim Lynch of KPFA's 'Dead to the World' radio program. Tim will be joined by Christian & Peter as well as very special guests that are part of the film, Dead scholars, academics or had another important role in the 50+ year story.

The other weekly guest on roundtable has been..'The UnDeaducated'. This guest will know little to nothing of the band and be exposed to them mostly the first time through this film. Be sure to head over to Amazon to watch up to Act V of the documentary before joining us! The film is directed by Amir Bar-Lev and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

Joining as as our final Deadicated guest this week is none other the Director of Long Strange Trip himself, Amir Bar-Lev His credits include Fighter from 2000, My Kid Can Paint that”, which the London Telegraph called one of the top 100 films of all time. He has also directed The Tillman Story, Regeneration, Happy Valley an account of the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State child abuse scandal. Get more on Amir and his films here http://axisfilms.net

This week's UnDeaducated is Andy King, the host of a brand new show here at RNRAP - Reel Rock! He loves Rock and Roll history, mostly 70's punk and early 60's british rock. Andy is a dive punk band veteran and failed stand-up comic.

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Jul 20, 2017
Rock N Roll Librarian Reads With A Little Help From My Friends
01:17:54

As a companion piece to Rock N Roll Archaeology EP14: I'd Love to Turn You On, Shelley and Christian discuss this book on the making of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper by George Martin & William Pearson

Martin, writing with freelancer Pearson, describes in detail the creative processes-both artistic and technical-that went into making one of the most acclaimed Beatles albums, the 1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, `a musical fragmentation grenade, exploding with a force that is still being felt.'

Tracing each song on the record from its genesis in the mind of one of the Fab Four, Martin explains how each fragment or idea evolved, with input from the entire band and from the engineering team, into a final track, and how the album broke new ground. Fans hoping for an inside scoop on some of the more sensational aspects of the bandmembers' lives will be disappointed, but admirers of the Beatles' music and those who take an interest in the technical aspects of record production will find this book engrossing.Published by Little Brown in 1994.

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Jul 19, 2017
Deeper Digs in Rock: The Vinyl Dialogues
01:09:32

It was the 1970s; Big hair, bell-bottomed pants, Elvis sideburns and puka shell necklaces. The drugs, the freedom, the Me Generation, the lime green leisure suits. 

And then there was the music and how it defined a generation. The birth of Philly soul, the Jersey Shore Sound and disco. 

The stories behind the memorable albums in The Vinyl DialoguesThe Vinyl Dialogues Volume II: Dropping the Needle and The Vinyl Dialogues Volume III: Stacks of Wax will surely resonate with many — from the artists crafted them to the listeners, like you and me, who still appreciate the music that filled up the soundtracks of our lives. 

Throw in a little political intrigue - The Guess Who being asked not to play its biggest hit, "American Woman," at a White House appearance and Brewer and Shipley being called political subversives and making President Nixon's infamous "enemies list" - and The Vinyl Dialogues and The Vinyl Dialogues Volume II: Dropping the Needle offers a first-hand snapshot of a country in transition, hung over from the massive cultural changes of the 1960s and ready to dress outrageously and to shake its collective booty. 

All seen through the eyes, recollections and perspectives of the artists who lived it and made all that great music on all those great albums. 

Mike Morsch is a 40-year veteran of the newspaper business, having served as a reporter, columnist, and editor at newspapers in Iowa, Illinois, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mike has earned several awards for his writings from the Illinois Press Association, Suburban Newspapers of America (now the Local Media Association), the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, the Philadelphia Press Association and the New Jersey Press Association.

He has written four books: "Dancing in My Underwear: The Soundtrack of My Life" in 2012; and three in "The Vinyl Dialogues series, including "The Vinyl Dialogues: Stories behind memorable albums of the 1970s as told by the artists" in 2014; "The Vinyl Dialogues Volume II: Dropping the Needle" in 2015; and "The Vinyl Dialogues Volume III: Stacks of Wax" in 2016. 

 Find all of Mike's books on Amazon and on Mike on Facebook here
 
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Jul 18, 2017
A Long Strange Podcast: Act V
01:03:27

The RNRAP is proud to present a mini-series of shows 'Deadicated' to discussing Amazon Studios 'Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead' documentary.

Over six weeks we will be recapping each Act with guest host Tim Lynch of KPFA's 'Dead to the World' radio program. Tim will be joined by Christian & Peter as well as very special guests that are part of the film, Dead scholars, academics or had another important role in the 50+ year story.

The other weekly guest on roundtable will be...'The UnDeaducated'. This guest will know little to nothing of the band and be exposed to them mostly the first time through this film.

Be sure to head over to Amazon to watch up to Act V of the documentary before joining us! The film is directed by Amir Bar-Lev and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

Our special Deadicated guest this week is none other than Grateful Dead publicist and historian Dennis McNally. Dennis began officially as the Grateful Dead's publicist in 1984, and has since worked with many different musicians and bands, record companies, and promoters, including Zakir Hussain, Steve Kimock, Little Feat, Bill Payne (solo career), Boris Garcia, Bob Weir & RatDog to name a few. He published his third book, "On Highway 61," October of 2014 and we invite everyone to visit his website, www.dennismcnally.com to see a sample and get further information. His latest book is, "Jerry on Jerry," published in November, 2015. It is an edited transcript of interviews done with Jerry Garcia in the 1970s and 1980s. He is also curator for the California Historical Society's Summer of Love 50th Anniversary photo show.

This week's UnDeaducated is Dr. Charles L. Hughes -  the Director of the Memphis Center at Rhodes College, where he designs courses & programs. His recent course offerings include The History of Memphis; Beale Street: The Past, Present and Future; Elvis Presley and America; and The Music of the American South. His acclaimed first book Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South, was named one of the Best Music Books of 2015 by Rolling Stone. He is a voter for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a participant in the Nashville Scene’s Year-End Country Music Poll. Prof. Hughes was featured in an episode of Deeper Digs in Rock.

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Jul 13, 2017
Episode 14: I'd Love to Turn You On
01:08:55

Manila, the Republic of the Philippines, July 3rd, 1966. The second stop of the Far East leg of the Beatles’ 1966 tour starts out weird and ominous, and gets worse from there. By the time the tour sputters to a halt - late August in San Francisco - the boys are almighty sick of it.

An offhand remark by John Lennon to a British journalist gets taken out of context and blown out of proportion. The ensuing controversy in America only confirms something The Beatles have been thinking for a while, and the decision is made: No more touring.

We get into the year leading up to the Sgt. Pepper sessions, and how Rubber Soul and Revolver lead up to Pepper. At the beginning of the Revolver sessions, Geoff Emerick enters The Beatles’ orbit, and this whiz-kid recording engineer helps The Beatles establish their new direction.

The show closes with a discussion of Sgt. Pepper, and how it set the tone for the Summer of Love. The Summer of Love - and what happens next - will be the topic of the next two episodes, so come on back!

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Jul 12, 2017
Deeper Digs in Rock: 1967 Sunshine Tomorrow by The Beach Boys
51:53

Christian speaks with producers Mark Linett and Alan Boyd about their new, first-ever stereo mix of The Beach Boys’ 1967 Wild Honey album and the debut of 54 sought-after 1967 rarities, 50 years after they were put to tape.

The Beach Boys have personally overseen the creative process for a new 2CD and digital collection, '1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow', to be released on June 30 by Capitol/UMe. 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow features previously unreleased highlights including The Beach Boys’ shelved “live” album, Lei’d in Hawaii, studio recordings from the Wild Honey and Smiley Smile album sessions, and several standout concert recordings spanning 1967 to 1970. 

'1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow' dives into a fascinating and frenetic chapter in The Beach Boys’ long, groundbreaking creative arc, exploring the band’s dynamic year in the studio and on tour. The Beach Boys’ final studio session for the shelved SMiLE album took place on May 18th, 1967, with Smiley Smile album sessions booked at Brian Wilson’s new home studio from June 3rd through the end of July. The band’s 12th and 13th studio albums were released exactly three months apart to cap the year’s studio efforts: Smiley Smile on September 18th followed by Wild Honey on December 18th.

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Jul 07, 2017
A Long Strange Podcast: Act IV
01:44:27

The RNRAP is proud to present a mini-series of shows 'Deadicated' to discussing Amazon Studios 'Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead' documentary.

Over the next six weeks we will be recapping each Act with guest host Tim Lynch of KPFA's 'Dead to the World' radio program. Tim will be joined by Christian & Peter as well as very special guests that are part of the film, Dead scholars, academics or had another important role in the 50+ year story.

The other weekly guest on roundtable will be...'The UnDeaducated'. This guest will know little to nothing of the band and be exposed to them mostly the first time through this film.

Be sure to head over to Amazon to watch up to Act IV of the documentary before joining us! The film is directed by Amir Bar-Lev and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

This week we have an extra special episode with 2 Deadicated guests! The first is photographer and author Rosie McGee, who lived, worked and traveled with the Grateful Dead during their first decade as a band, after first meeting them late in 1965.  Her intimate portraits of the band, onstage and behind the scenes, have been widely seen in books, magazines, online and in documentaries; and 200 of those photos illustrate her book, “Dancing with the Dead—A Photographic Memoir: My Good Old Days with the Grateful Dead & the San Francisco Music Scene 1964-1974.” For more on Rosie and to buy photos head to www.rosiemcgee.com.

The other guest is Bob Bralove. Bob was part of the Grateful Dead party for the last eight years of the band's existence. Brought into the fold from his work with Stevie Wonder, he brought the then new digital synthesizer technology to the Grateful Dead.  Bringing new sounds and approaches to the music, first heard on "In the Dark", Bralove's relationship with band grew rapidly. He began writing songs, (Way to go Home, Easy Answers, Picasso Moon) producing records and eventually playing in that section of the show between Drums and Space, when no one was on stage; the section Dick Latvalla dubbed the "MIDI Jam". Since the end of the Grateful Dead, Bralove has been focusing on his own music and art , including his duo with Grateful Dead Keyboardist Tom Constanten called Dose Hermanos. Find all about Bobs works here http://www.bobbralove.com

This week's UnDeaducated is Tracy Simmons Bulla, Booking And Business Manager for Bulla Promotions and award winning Bluegrass band Fireball Mail. Tracy and her husband Brad Bulla are avid house concert hosts having featured Buddy Greene, Jason Eskridge,  Adam Wakefield, Grammy winners Forrest and Kate O'Connor, among others in their Nashville, TN home. Check out Fireball Mail’s music at https://www.fireballmailband.com/

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Jul 06, 2017
Reel Rock: The Doors
25:29

In this episode of Reel Rock we will be digging into the 1991 Oliver Stone directed film, “The Doors”.

Is everybody in...is everybody in? The review is about to begin.

Some of the questions we will be answering:

How does this film work as an introduction to the music of the Doors?

Would Jim Morrison’s romantic prowess work on a millennial?

Does Oliver Stone believe that the Doors are time travelers?

What does Paula Abdul have to do with all of this? Join us in this episode for all this and more!

Watch the movie on Amazon Prime or Hulu.

Watch“When You’re Strange”  and for more information about MC Scat Cat head here: https://youtu.be/xweiQukBM_k

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Jul 03, 2017
A Long Strange Podcast: Act III
59:20

The RNRAP is proud to present a mini-series of shows 'Deadicated' to discussing Amazon Studios 'Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead' documentary.

Over the next six weeks we will be recapping each Act with guest host Tim Lynch of KPFA's 'Dead to the World' radio program. Tim will be joined by Christian & Peter as well as very special guests that are part of the film, Dead scholars, academics or had another important role in the 50+ year story.

The other weekly guest on roundtable will be...'The UnDeaducated'. This guest will know little to nothing of the band and be exposed to them mostly the first time through this film.

Be sure to head over to Amazon to watch up to Act III of the documentary before joining us! The film is directed by Amir Bar-Lev and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

This week's special Deadicated guest is Susana Millman, who was a ubiquitous presence at Grateful Dead shows from 1985 until Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995. Susana’s work can be seen in Long Strange Trip. Head to her website. Mamarazi.com to get a copy of “Alive With the Dead or A Fly on the Wall with a Camera” - avery nice hardcover photographic memoir of the Grateful Dead filled with band images, unpublished pics + stories, from the ’80s on. 

This week's UnDeaducated is Prof. Ron Purser. Ron is the host of The Mindful Cranks podcast, a professor of mgmt at SFSU, author, editorial board member of the Mindfulness journal, as well as the executive board of the Consciousness, Mindfulness and Compassion International Association. A student and Buddhist practitioner since 1981

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Jun 29, 2017
A Long Strange Podcast: Act II
01:07:31

The RNRAP is proud to present a mini-series of shows 'Deadicated' to discussing Amazon Studios 'Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead' documentary.

Over the next six weeks we will be recapping each Act with guest host Tim Lynch of KPFA's 'Dead to the World' radio program. Tim will be joined by Christian & Peter as well as very special guests that are part of the film, Dead scholars, academics or had another important role in the 50+ year story.

The other weekly guest on roundtable will be...'The UnDeaducated'. This guest will know little to nothing of the band and be exposed to them mostly the first time through this film.

Be sure to head over to Amazon to watch Act II of the documentary before joining us! The film is directed by Amir Bar-Lev and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

This week's special guest is Steve Silberman, who not only is a Deadhead that has written on the band and has co- produced the Grateful Dead’s career-spanning box set So Many Roads (1965-1995), and Steve appears in Long Strange TripHe is an award-winning science writer whose articles have appeared in Wired, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and many other publications. He is the author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity ) published in 2015, it won the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction, and was named one of the best books of 2015 by the New York Times, the Economist, and the Guardian.

This week's Undeaducated is Erika Brett. Erika is the vocalist and keyboardist of indie Americana band, The Empty Pockets, from Chicago. She has been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine and her band's latest record, The Ten Cent Tour, recently charted on Billboard. Since her pockets are always empty anyway, she's giving away 2 songs from the album to o Rock N Roll Archaeology Listeners. Text Pockets to 444999.

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Jun 22, 2017
Deeper Digs in Rock: Tony Levin
44:16

Join us for our discussion with Tony Levin. Famed for his work with Peter Gabriel and King Crimson, bass virtuoso Tony Levin was born in Boston on June 6, 1946. At age ten, he began studying upright bass, also playing tuba in his high-school marching band and even forming his own barbershop quartet; as a member of a local youth orchestra, Levin additionally performed at the White House for President John F. Kennedy. After attending the Eastman School of Music, he appeared with the Rochester Philharmonic, but over time turned away from classical music to play rock and jazz, relocating to New York City in 1970 to join Aha!, ex-Mothers of Invention keyboardist Don Preston's band.

A busy session career followed, with fluid, expressive work on classic LPs, including Lou Reed's Berlin, Kate & Anna McGarrigle's self-titled debut, and Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years. After collaborating with Peter Gabriel on his eponymous 1977 debut, Levin joined the ex-Genesis frontman's touring unit, during which time he honed his skills on the Chapman Stick, a unique 10-stringed instrument in which the strings are not plucked but tapped, a process allowing the individual to play notes with both hands and create complete multi-part arrangements. 

In 1978, Levin settled in Woodstock, NY, serving in the short-lived L'Image; a year later, he played on Robert Fripp's solo effort Exposure, soon thereafter agreeing to join the guitarist in new a incarnation of his groundbreaking progressive unit King Crimson, and remaining a member of the group for over three decades. (His tour experiences subsequently yielded a 1984 book of photographs, Road Photos.) While working on Gabriel's 1986 smash So, Levin developed Funk Fingers, essentially chopped-off drumsticks designed to hammer on the bass strings; he later sold Funk Fingers through his own Papa Bear Records label as well. Sessions with everyone from Robbie Robertson (his 1987 self-titled solo debut) to Laurie Anderson (1989's Strange Angels) to Yes (1991's Union) followed, and in 1996, Levin finally made his solo debut with World Diary. 

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Jun 21, 2017
Reel Rock: A Hard Day's Night
17:44

In honor of the 50th anniversary of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” today we watch, rate, and celebrate The Beatles’ 1964 cinematic masterpiece “A Hard Day’s Night”,  the film that turned jukebox exploitation movies into an art form. Join us for some insights about the production, initial reception, and its lasting influence on cinema.

Have you ever wondered what John Lennon wrote down as his hobby that made the reporter gasp?

How well do you think this film does with today’s 16 year olds?

Find out on this show!

Hard Day's Night on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Hard-Days-Night-John-Lennon/dp/B00KHL1SLM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1496183944&sr=8-2&keywords=hard+days+night+movie

Hulu - https://www.hulu.com/watch/980384

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Jun 10, 2017
Deeper Digs in Rock: Long Strange Trip with Amir Bar-Lev
35:34

A young rock n roll fan inspired by the liquid lights shows at concerts goes on to become an incredible Director and Producer, creating award-winning documentaries including 'The Fighter', 'The Tillman Story' and 'My Kid Could Paint That'.

Christian sits down with Amir Bar-Lev discussing his four-hour film, 'Long Strange Trip' which will hit select theaters this Thurs. May 25th and begins streaming on Amazon Prime Video starting June 2nd. Amir describes how 'this documentary is a funny sort of middle ground between art and journalism.'

This is the first comprehensive documentary to attempt to tell the story of the Grateful Dead. Executive-produced by Martin Scorsese - the film is for die-hard Deadheads, the casual Dead concert goer, those who just listened on the radio, those who know little to nothing about the band, and those who are averse to the entire sub-culture that surrounds the Grateful Dead.

After watching 'Long Strange Trip' there are a couple questions that must be asked - is this the greatest documentary ever created about a rock band and is that band the most important American rock band ever, The Grateful Dead?

Learn more about Amir Bar-Lev, find where Long Strange Trip is playing in the theaters here and follow the film on Twitter.

May 23, 2017
Deeper Digs in Rock: Professor Charles L. Hughes
43:38

Christian gets a chance to pick the big brain of Professor Charles L. Hughes, author of ‘Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South’.  They discuss the social-cultural dynamics of making music in Memphis, Nashville and Muscle Shoal in the 1960’s-1980’s, as well as the difference between the romantic myths and academic study.

Dr. Charles L. Hughes is the Director of the Memphis Center at Rhodes College, where he designs courses, programs, and partnerships. Dr. Hughes received his Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012, and previously served as the Memphis Center's Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow. His recent course offerings include The History of Memphis; Beale Street: The Past, Present and Future; Elvis Presley and America; and the Music of the American South. His acclaimed first book, Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South, was named one of the Best Music Books of 2015 by Rolling Stone and No Depression, one of Paste Magazine’s Best Nonfiction Books of the Year, and one of Slate’s “Overlooked Books” of 2015. 

Prof Hughes has published essays and given numerous talks in front of a range of audiences, including featured engagements at the Center for Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives. He is currently working on a book about the history of African-Americans and professional wrestling in the United States, as well as several articles. He is a voter for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a participant in the Nashville Scene’s Year-End Country Music Poll.

Find Dr. Charles L. Hughes on Twitter @CharlesLHughes2

Buy Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South Here.

 

May 10, 2017
Rock n Roll Librarian Reads Otis!: The Otis Redding Story
01:10:47

As a companion piece to Rock N Roll Archaeology EP13: Hard to Handle, Shelley and Christian discuss this all too-short of the life story of Otis Redding, written by Scott Freeman.

Scott gives his take on Otis' life coming from Macon Georgia, the same town where Little Richard and James Brown were born. Otis grew up on the streets. His father was preacher and had been a sharecropper. They lived in tough neighborhoods until Otis got money.

Otis loved to be around his family and friends from home, although towards the end his life got very hectic and ended tragically.

Published by St. Martin's Press - December 11, 2001.

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May 04, 2017
Episode 13: Hard to Handle
01:04:13

From 'Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay' on houseboat just north of San Francisco to emerging as superstar at the Monterey Pop Festival, Otis Redding's story is one that ends too soon in familiar tragedy. 

Otis was on Stax Records: the label that was the origin and source of the Memphis Magic, that tough, lean Southern Soul. Stax was home to house band Booker T. and the M.G.’s, Sam and Dave, Wilson Pickett, Carla Thomas and Isaac Hayes.

'Hard to Handle' takes a look at the intertwined, symbiotic relationship between the Civil Rights Movement and the music of Black America in the Sixties.

The Rock N Roll Archaeology Project believes in music education for young people, and we like to help out. We encourage you to do the same.

Here’s what we suggest. Follow this link to Donors Choose. Donors Choose is a good, efficient nonprofit. Type in “music education” as a search term and you will get a sortable list of hundreds of classroom-level music education projects in need of micro-funding.

Pick one, make a small donation, and make a big difference for a promising young musician!

Thank you, and keep up the rockin!

-- C

Apr 24, 2017
Deeper Digs in Rock: Laurence Juber & Martin Dreadnought Guitar
01:01:02

Christian dives into Martin Acoustic Guitars with GRAMMY-Award winning guitarist Laurence Juber, who shares his personal experience playing a Dreadnought guitar.  Laurence Juber is a solo performer, recording artist, composer and arranger. His playing fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, creating a multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument. Internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney's Wings, Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso and entertainer.

Laurence released his latest album 'LJ Can't Stop Playing the Beatles' on March 3 this year. Stream or download wherever you listen to great music.

In 1833, guitar maker Christian Frederick Martin crossed the ocean in search of freedom from restriction and the opportunities of a new land. Settling in Nazareth, PA, his arrival marked the beginning of what is now a 6-generation continuously family owned and operated company, C.F. Martin & Co., and a tradition of American guitar building.

One of Martin's greatest contributions to our musical landscape was its 1916 introduction of the Dreadnought style guitar. Named after the game changing British war ship, the HMS Dreadnought, this large-bodied, powerful acoustic guitar still thrives today. It is a primary tool of countless musicians, and a mainstay in the factories and shops of guitar builders around the globe.

At NAMM’s Museum of Making Music, based in Carlsbad, CA, you can visit this unique special exhibition and experience the Dreadnought for yourself. Discover its fascinating story, hear its iconic sound and ponder its far-reaching impact. Oh, and don't forget to take a seat on the couch try some out for yourself!

The special gallery is available to visitors now through April 31. Head to https://www.museumofmakingmusic.org/exhibits/dreadnought for more info.

Follow Laurence Juber on Twitter @OM28LJ and NAMM's Museum of Making Music @MuseumMaknMusic



Apr 18, 2017
Deeper Digs in Rock: Wavy Gravy
44:01

Actor, poet, prankster, jester, clown, hippie, activist, teacher, saint, and ice cream flavor?

The one and only, American original Wavy Gravy invites us into his inner-sanctum in Berkeley, CA where he spins amazing tales that span across cultural touchstones.

Listen to old stories told slightly anew, as well as new stories you have never heard!

Join us and Wavy Gravy for this very special episode of Deeper Digs in Rock...and please consider supporting all of Wavy's amazing work in service to others by donating to the SEVA Foundation here.

We will also be posting some pictures of Wavy's one of a kind collage artwork on our Facebook page and website, you can contact us directly if you are interested in purchasing.

Keep Up the Rockin'!

Apr 04, 2017
Rock n Roll Librarian Reads Robbie Robertson: Testimony
01:08:03

Shelley and Christian discuss this captivating memoir, written over five years of reflection, where Robbie Robertson employs his unique storyteller’s voice to weave together the journey that led him to some of the most pivotal events in music history.

 

He recounts the adventures of his half-Jewish, half-Mohawk upbringing on the Six Nations Indian Reserve and on the gritty streets of Toronto; his odyssey at sixteen to the Mississippi Delta, the fountainhead of American music; the wild early years on the road with rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks; his unexpected ties to the Cosa Nostra underworld; the gripping trial-by-fire “going electric” with Bob Dylan on his 1966 world tour, and their ensuing celebrated collaborations; the formation of the Band and the forging of their unique sound,  culminating with history's most famous farewell concert, brought to life for all time in Martin Scorsese's great movie The Last Waltz

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Mar 22, 2017
Deeper Digs in Rock: Jeff Slate Pt. 2
48:09
It was our privilege to speak (at some length!) with Jeff Slate: Friend of the Project, Rock N Roller from Way Back, and Music and Culture Writer for Esquire Magazine. 
 
It was a great time, and a fun, wide-ranging conversation...so much so, this ended being a two-part episode of DDiR!
 
In Part Two, we talk about Jeff's transition from guitar-slinger to rock writer, why Monty Python rocks, and we spend some time on Jeff's three CD releases: “Birds of Paradox,”  “Imposters and Attractions” and: “Secret Poetry.” 
 
We’ll hang out with Jimmy Page, make a video with Earl Slick—and more. 
 
Hit play for some more great conversation with Jeff Slate: rocker, writer, and raconteur. 
 
And Keep Up The Rockin'!

Tweet at Jeff on Twitter @jeffslate and find his music, writings and more at jeffslate.net

Mar 15, 2017
Deeper Digs in Rock: Jeff Slate Pt. 1
48:02

We had the distinct privilege to speak with musician and Esquire magazine music and culture writer Jeff Slate, about so much we had to make a two part Deeper Digs in Rock!

Part one has Jeff tells us about growing up near NYC and the call from the City, the Clash sets the tone, we follow Jeff as he works to make his music which leads to encounters with Gene Simmons and Pete Townsend and like all artists, looking for ways to keep the lights on, he puts pen to paper and writes about what he knows. And after articles with Rolling Stone, Guitarist Magazine, Guitar World, Rockcellar Magazine, he lands with Esquire.

So how did he get there?

Jeff is on Twitter @jeffslate and find his music, writings and more at jeffslate.net

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Mar 01, 2017
Deeper Digs in Rock: Pegi Young
01:06:14

We had the privilege to speak with singer, songwriter, musician, activist and new grandmother - Pegi Young on her new album 'Raw' and more.

Most of 'Raw' was written in the wake of her 2014 separation and divorce from Neil Young, to whom she’d been married 36 years. Over the decades, the pair had raised a family, made music together, and worked to support northern California’s Bridge School for severely disabled children. Pegi founded the Bridge School in 1986 after being unable to find the right kind of care for their son, Ben, who has cerebral palsy.

Enjoy this special interview with Pegi Young and be sure to check out her website here, find her on Twitter @PegiYoung and pick-up 'Raw' wherever you listen to new music!

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Feb 20, 2017
Rock n Roll Librarian Reads I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir
01:04:30

They say there are no second acts in American lives, and third acts are almost unheard of. That's part of what makes Brian Wilson's story so astonishing.

As a co-founding member of the Beach Boys in the 1960s, Wilson created some of the most groundbreaking and timeless popular music ever recorded. With intricate harmonies, symphonic structures, and wide-eyed lyrics that explored life's most transcendent joys and deepest sorrows, songs like "In My Room," "God Only Knows," and "Good Vibrations" forever expanded the possibilities of pop songwriting. Derailed in the 1970s by mental illness, drug use, and the shifting fortunes of the band, Wilson came back again and again over the next few decades, surviving and-finally-thriving. Now, for the first time, he weighs in on the sources of his creative inspiration and on his struggles, the exhilarating highs and the debilitating lows.

Published by DeCapo Press on October 16th, 2016 and written with Ben Greenman.

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Feb 02, 2017
Episode 12: Machine Gun
01:07:45

Welcome back to Rock N Roll Archaeology!

In Episode 12, “Machine Gun,” we profile Jimi Hendrix. As we often do, we will set the story of the musician against the events of the time.

Jimi’s astonishing, supernatural talent was forged in poverty and neglect as he grew up in Seattle. We talk about that, and about the night Elvis came to town. After a short stint in the Army comes to a humiliating end, Jimi takes it on the road and spends the next four years paying his dues as a sideman.

We then take a look at two wars: a shooting war in Vietnam, and a cultural war in America. As we hurtle towards the closing years of the decade, Rock N Roll is reflecting and absorbing the events of the time.

We end up in London for the liftoff. We close with some commentary about the man, the music, and the price of stardom.

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Jan 18, 2017
Deeper Digs in Rock: Million Dollar Quartet
31:57

On Tuesday December 4, 1956, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash came together in a jam session at the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.

At this time these are four barely anybodies at the moment, home to see their professional papa, Sam Phillips.

It's impromptu.

In fact, for almost three decades it was only legend until the tapes were found in the 80's. Then it grows to become a cultural phenom with Broadway and now a TV show on CW.

But what was the truth? Who was there for sure and why? Who would've thought this small moment would loom so large for all of these guys?

Have a listen to Million Dollar Quartet: The First Supergroup and find out.

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Jan 12, 2017
Rock N Roll Archaeology Episode 1: The Precursors
55:08

Why Archaeology? Because we intend to dig.

This is an excavation and exploration of Rock n Roll. We start by asking: how does Rock n Roll affect the larger society, and how does the larger society affect Rock n Roll? We set a frame for our discussion: the years 1945 to 1995.

The show opens in New York City at the end of World War 2. We discuss social, technological, and economic forces that converge in the early postwar years: the Baby Boom generation and its impact, the rise of the American middle class, technological advances in radio and recording.

Find the Rock N Roll Archaeology Project at: http://www.rocknrollarchaeology.com/

Sound by John Michael Berry

Happy Holidays and good luck and fortune in the New Year!

Team RNRAP

Dec 24, 2016
Deeper Digs in Rock: John Lennon vs. the USA
46:18

Christian is joined by noted New York immigration attorney Leon Wildes, who tells the incredible story of this landmark case - John Lennon vs. The U.S.A. that set up a battle of wills between John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and President Richard Nixon.

Although Wildes did not even know who John Lennon and Yoko Ono were when he was originally retained by them, he developed a close relationship with them both during the eventual five-year period while he represented them and thereafter. 

The attempted deportation of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, which began in 1972, has stunning relevance as immigration is a divisive issue in today's political climate. No one understands this better than Leon Wildes, the immigration attorney who represented the Lennons and now shares the story in this fascinating book.

Published by Ankerwycke Books, an imprint of ABA Publishing, a division of the American Bar Association on August, 2016. It can be purchased on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/John-Lennon-vs-The-U-S-A/dp/1634254260

Dec 08, 2016
Rock n Roll Librarian Reads Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir
01:04:40

This week Shelley and Christian discuss Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir. The legendary and iconic singer, songwriter, actress and activist offers a personal account of the journey that led her to become an international superstar.

After leaving her childhood home at seventeen, Cyndi took on a series of jobs: racetrack hot walker, IHOP waitress, and, as she puts it, “gal Friday the thirteenth,” as she pursued her passion for music. She worked her way up playing small gigs and broke out in 1983 with She’s So Unusual, which earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist and made her the first female artist in history to have four top-five singles on a debut album. And while global fame wasn’t always what she expected, she has remained focused on what matters most.

Cyndi is a gutsy real-life heroine who has never been afraid to speak her mind and stick up for a cause—whether it’s women’s rights, gay rights, or fighting against HIV/AIDS.

Published by Simon and Schuster on September 18th, 2012 and written with Jancee Dunn.

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Nov 29, 2016
Deeper Digs in Rock: Solving the Mystery of the 27 Club
55:18

In this series from The Rock n Roll Archaeology Project, host Christian Swain goes behind the scenes, on the road and further explores subjects surrounding the culture, technology and music that make Rock n Roll the magic that it is!

In this episode, Christian takes a break from singing in TinMan and hosting and producing multiple podcasts to sit down and read a book! Not just any book, but a very unique genre - a fictional Rock N Roll crime mystery. Then he sits down with the interesting man who wrote it- Chris Formant.

About 'Bright Midnight'
Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Ron 'Pigpen' McKernan, Peter Ham; all of them iconic rock stars, all of them dead at age twenty-seven. How could a group of great musicians all die at the same age? All evidence points to the deaths being unrelated, but were they really? Gantry Elliot is a relic of rock and roll era still writing for Rolling Stone magazine, covering classic rock and roll and struggling for relevance in the age of hip-hop and electronic dance music. Even though he's an encyclopedia of music trivia, Gantry can't compete with the new kids on the block and is now reduced to watching the clock tick down on his once dynamic career. But Gantry's vast knowledge may be the only thing that can unravel the Myth of 27.

When anonymous packages start showing up at his office and then his home, Gantry initially shrugs them off as another Myth of 27 conspiracy nerd trying to get attention. As the clues became more intimate, more personal, more sinister, he realizes this is not a game: someone knows the truth, and the truth may put Gantry's life in serious danger.

Aptly called, 'The Da Vinci Code for rock and roll fans', author Chris Formant has written a terrific debut novel that creatively and deftly takes readers on a dangerous cold case hunt to uncover the mystery behind these deaths. Truth or fiction, lies or conspiracy, 'Bright Midnight' will keep you guessing until its final chorus.

Chris Formant, who got his start in rock and roll in his early “garage band’ days, never dreamed he would one day hold a seat on the Board of Trustees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Today he is still a student of rock and roll and an avid collector of rock memorabilia. As an executive in a leading global company, running a multi-billion-dollar business, Formant is the unlikeliest of authors of a murder mystery. However, the continued unanswered questions surrounding the deaths of our most iconic rock legends led Formant to first speculate and then re-imagine what would happen if cutting-edge technology were applied to these famous cold cases. By conducting research into the archives of the Hall of Fame, studying advanced forensics techniques and gaining creative insights from top doctors, FBI investigators and a former editor of Rolling Stone magazine, Formant crafted what is being referred to as the “The DaVinci Code for Rock and Roll Fans.

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Nov 15, 2016
Deeper Digs in Rock: Jimy Bleu Playing Hendrix for 50 Years
53:40

In this series from The Rock n Roll Archaeology Project, host Christian Swain goes behind the scenes, on the road and further explores subjects surrounding the culture, technology and music that make Rock n Roll the magic that it is!

Jimy Bleu has been performing in a Jimi Hendrix tribute band for almost 50 years. He was educated at the Berkelee college of Music in Boston in the 1960’s, a former Columbia recording artist and has shared the stage with many world class touring artists, including Billy Cox, former bassist from Band of Gypsies and even met Hendrix several times in NYC.

On November 16th, 2016 Jimy will perform with his band ‘Kiss the Sky’ on AXS TV’s ‘World’s Greatest Tribute Bands’.

Now listen to a conversation he and Christian had on all things Hendrix!

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Oct 31, 2016
Rock N Roll Librarian Reads: Metallica - Nothing Else Matters The Graphic Novel
01:01:34

Welcome back to the the Rock N Roll Librarian! This is the show where the Rock N Roll Archaeology Project dives into a Rock N Roll book with our own real librarian who rocks - Shelley Sorenson. Shelley has been a librarian for 33 years, a music fan longer and a singer/guitarist and will provide some great insight as she co-hosts each episode with the host of The Rock N Roll Archaeology Project, Christian Swain.

This week Shelley and Christian discuss Metallica: Nothing Else Matters The Graphic Novel. Brian Williamson’s stunning artwork and Jim McCarthy’s incisive script perfectly capture the rollercoaster tale of Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo and the many others who have passed through the Metallica story. Published by Overlook-Omnibus on October 14, 2014.

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Oct 26, 2016
Episode 11: I Can't Explain
01:07:22

Welcome back! In our 11th Episode, “I Can’t Explain,” we will wrap up (for now) our excavation of the British Invasion.

We start by taking a clear-eyed look at the infamous seaside “Riots” in the resort town of Clacton, United Kingdom and several other towns in the summer of 1964. The British press were WAY over the top in their depiction of these events, but they did document the first schism, the first big division in Rock music and culture: the traditionalist Rockers versus the Modernists, or “Mods.”

We spend a little time on something we call Anti Rock. It’s a form of Moral Panic, and it’s something we will see more of as we move through the Rock N Roll years.

Then we meet the first Mod voice in Rock (although they would probably smack you for suggesting it): The Kinks. The Kinks, in our view, never really got the props they deserve, and we talk a little bit about why.

Then we move on to one of our all-time favorites in the Rock pantheon: The Who. They are fractious and fractured, insanely loud and auto-destructive—and utterly brilliant. We get to know the guys a little bit, and we feature some nice quotes from the Lambert & Stamp documentary, and the audiobook version of Pete Townshend’s autobiography.

The Mod movement comes and goes rather quickly—it really only lasts a year or so—and The Who decide to break out of the Mod culture that defined them, and seek a new audience in America. The New York shows in early 1967 are a triumph, and The Who get booked at the Monterey Pop Festival that summer.

Along the way, Pete Townshend makes a frenemy in London. The flashy, sensational guitarist Jimi Hendrix starts making big noise on the Soho club scene in the fall of 1966. Pete is, by turns, awestruck by Jimi’s talent, and furious at him for copping some of his ideas—and doing them better.

There’s gonna be a showdown in California, at Monterey Pop, in July of 1967, where we close out the show.

Put on the headphones, and take a ride on the Magic Bus. Turn it up, smash it up, burn it up! And thanks always for your comments, questions, and reviews!

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Oct 18, 2016
Deeper Digs in Rock: Gary Wright
40:14

In this new series from The Rock n Roll Archaeology Project, host Christian Swain goes behind the scenes, on the road and further explores subjects surrounding the culture, technology and music that make Rock n Roll the magic that it is!

In this special episode of Deeper Digs in Rock, Christian had the privilege of chatting with the one and only Gary Wright of  the classic rock hits “Dream Weaver” and “Love Is Alive.” Gary sits down and we get behind-the-scenes latest album released on July 29, 2016 - a lost treasure from 1972 -'Ring of Changes'.

The Album Features Wonderwheel,his band with future Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones, including a guest appearance by George Harrison on slide guitar.

Keyboardist Gary Wright is the New Jersey-born psychology student who landed in London at the height of the rock revolution in 1967, where he founded Spooky Tooth and had a successful solo career producing the classic hits “Dream Weaver” and “Love Is Alive.” Wright recorded Ring of Changes in 1972 with Wonderwheel, a band featuring Mick Jones, who would go on to found Foreigner, Lindisfarne bassist Tom Duffey and John Bonham-influenced drummer Bryson Graham, with Jones and Graham later joining him and Mike Harrison in a reunited Spooky Tooth. The planned follow-up to Wright’s two previous solo albums for A&M Records, 1970’s Extraction and 1971’s Footprint, the finished record was released for the first time to digital retailers through UMe and as a CD by Cherry Red internationally on July 29.

“I hadn’t listened to it in 40 years, but when I put it on, I thought to myself, ‘I can’t believe this was never released,’” says Wright. “It was more of a rock album than what I had done, but I think it stands up alongside anything that you might hear being played on Classic Rock radio around the world. I hope that people will be surprised by the material. I’m proud of it and I’m glad it’s finally coming out so everyone can hear what we did all those years ago.”

Produced by Wright and one of the first albums to be recorded at the newly opened Apple Studios on Saville Row, Ring of Changes is remarkably eclectic in style, ranging from the funky blues of “Goodbye Sunday,” with lyrics by Gary’s sister Lorna Lee, featuring a George Harrison slide guitar solo that sounds like an outtake from All Things Must Pass (which Wright famously played on) to the Crosby, Stills & Nash folk-rock harmonies and Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” feel of the album’s epic closer, “Creation.” 

Wright, who was originally introduced to George Harrison by his Hamburg mate Klaus Voormann, who played bass on Gary’s first two solo albums, explains how the Beatle ended up playing slide guitar on “Goodbye Sunday,” which was not the first time either. Harrison had previously played on Footprint under the pseudonym George O’Hara.

“We were in the studio and I was showing him the song,” explains Wright. “He just started playing slide guitar and came up with that line, which I think really worked.”

Wright was an American student in Germany when he formed the band the New York Tymes, who were the openers for Traffic’s very first gig in Oslo, Norway, where he was introduced by his New Jersey buddy, producer Jimmy Miller, to Island chief Chris Blackwell, who put Gary with members of a band called Art to form Spooky Tooth.

Ring of Changes offers proof that some things never change, even after 44 years—like the appeal of great rock music.

Please purchase or stream this album wherever you listen to great music!

The complete album track list for Ring of Changes:

1.   Lovetaker
2.   Wild Bird
3.   Something for Us All
4.   Set on You
5.   Ring of Changes
6.   Goodbye Sunday
7.   For a Woman
8.   Workin’ on a River
9.   Creation
10. I Know (bonus track)
11. What Can We Do (bonus track)
12. Somebody (bonus track)

 

Oct 04, 2016
Deeper Digs in Rock: Tommy - A Bluegrass Opry by The Hillbenders
35:54

In this new series from The Rock n Roll Archaeology Project, host Christian Swain goes behind the scenes, on the road and further explores subjects surrounding the culture, technology and music that make Rock n Roll the magic that it is!

This show features Christian & Peter chatting with Nolan Lawrence of The Hillbenders - Mandolin player and vocalist. This is a special interview at Slim's San Francisco for a live performance of their 'Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry' album.

Please purchase this album or stream it wherever you listen to music! If you are in the Bay Area- check out The Hillbenders perform 'Tommy'at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Sunday October 2.

The 'Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry' project notes below are taken from http://whograss.com

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Maybe not your standard bluegrass lyric, but a line known by all the world from the biggest rock opera of all time, The Who’s Tommy

 45 years after its original release, this classic of classic rock has now been fully realized as a full length bluegrass tribute featuring Springfield, Missouri’s The HillBenders.  Conceived and produced by SXSW co-founder and longtime musician/producer Louis Jay Meyers, this Bluegrass Opry brings a new perspective to Tommy while paying total respect to its creators.
 

Originally composed by guitarist Pete Townshend as a rock opera that tells the story about a deaf, dumb and blind boy, including his experiences with life and the relationship with his family. The original album has sold 20 million copies and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for "historical, artistic and significant value".  In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Tommy number 96 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. 
 
Meyers had been looking for the right band to pull off this high wire bluegrass approach for several decades and The HillBenders are the right band.  With a perfect mix of virtuoso musicianship and rock star vocals, The HillBenders bring Pete Townshend’s original vision to life in a new and exciting way. 
 
It’s amazing to hear banjo, dobro, mandolin, bass, and guitar bring the same energy and vision to Tommy as The Who did with a full rock band and orchestra.
 
The HillBenders are one of the few bluegrass groups that recognize their ability to bridge the gap between the common music consumer and the bluegrass genre, selecting material that defies any hillbilly stigmas. With their widely varied influences, they are trying to bring to bluegrass songs that unify. “We wanted to pair bluegrass with the other music we grew up with —rock and roll!” say HillBender Nolan Lawrence. 
 
The live performance is a full 75 minute show covering the original album from start to finish with special video accompaniment and audience participation.
 
This recording was originally planned as a co-production with the legendary musician/producer Lou Whitney.  After Lou’s tragic passing in October 2014, plans were revised to record in Lou’s studio in Springfield, Missouri surrounded by those that helped create the Lou Whitney sound and style of making records.  This record is dedicated to the memory of the late great Lou Whitney and the power of The Who.
 

Credits:
Jim Rea – Guitar/Arranger
Nolan Lawrence - Mandolin
Chad "Gravy Boat" Graves - Dobro
Mark Cassidy - Banjo
Gary Rea – Bass
All vocals: The HillBenders
 
Produced by Louis Jay Meyers 
Recorded fully analog at The Studio, Springfield Missouri
Engineered by Mike Stewart & Louis Jay Meyers
Studio assistant engineers: Eric Schuchmann & Mark Bilyeu
Mastered at The Cutting Room, Stockholm Sweden by Björn Engelmann & Michael Blair
Artwork by A Man Called Wrycraft
Photos by Galadriel Thompson
 
Record Label: Compass Records 
Booking Agency: KCA Artists (615-615-327-4646)
 
SONGS
1. Overture (3:49)
2. Captain Walker (1:41)
3. 1921 (2:20)
4. Amazing Journey (3:00)
5. Sparks (2:50)
6. Eyesight to the Blind (The Hawker) (2:05)
7. Christmas (4:10)
8. Cousin Kevin (3:41)
9. The Acid Queen (3:15)
10. Do You Think It’s Alright? (0:26)
11. Fiddle About (1:18)
12. Pinball Wizard (3:44)
13. There’s A Doctor (0:21)
14. Go To The Mirror (2:58)
15. Tommy, Can You Hear Me? (0:56)
16. Smash The Mirror (1:21)
17. Sensation (2:19)
18. Miracle Cure (0:13)
19. Sally Simpson (3:35)
20. I’m Free (1:58)
21. Welcome (3:39)
22. Tommy’s Holiday Camp (0:48)
23. We’re Not Gonna Take It/See Me, Feel Me (5:34)
 
Total run time: 56 minutes
 
Songs written by Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, Keith Moon & Sonny Boy Williamson

Sep 27, 2016
Rock N Roll Librarian Reads Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements
01:01:45

Welcome to the the Rock N Roll Librarian! Once a month, in between the main Rock N Roll Archaeology Project episodes we will be diving into a Rock N Roll book with our own real librarian who rocks - Shelley Sorenson.

Shelley has been a librarian for 33 years, a music fan longer and a singer/guitarist and will provide some great insight as she co-hosts each episode with the host of The Rock N Roll Archaeology Project, Christian Swain.

This week Shelley and Christian get into Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements by Bob Mehr. Written with the participation of the group's key members, including reclusive singer-songwriter Paul Westerberg, bassist Tommy Stinson, and the family of late guitarist Bob Stinson, Trouble Boys is a deeply intimate and nuanced portrait, exposing the primal factors and forces—addiction, abuse, fear—that would shape one of the most brilliant and notoriously self-destructive groups of all time.

Head over to www.rocknrollarchaeology.com to contact us and you can help support the podcast by purchasing this book through the link on our site.

Disclaimer: The views expressed here by Shelley Sorenson are made in her capacity as a private citizen, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the San Francisco Public Library or the City of San Francisco.

Sep 21, 2016
Deeper Digs in Rock: Philosophy in a Pill
48:57

In this new series from The Rock n Roll Archaeology Project, host Christian Swain goes behind the scenes, on the road and further explores subjects surrounding the culture, technology and music that make Rock n Roll the magic that it is!

This show features Christian chatting with Jay Stevens - a journalist, social historian, and novelist. Jay has written numerous magazine and newspaper pieces and co-wrote "Drumming at the Edge of Magic" and "Planet Drum" with the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart, published by Harper's San Francisco.

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Sep 06, 2016
Rock n Roll Librarian Reads: Little Stevie Wonder
28:07

Welcome to the the Rock N Roll Librarian! Once a month, in between the main Rock N Roll Archaeology Project episodes we will be diving into a Rock N Roll book with our own real librarian who rocks - Shelley Sorenson.

Shelley has been a librarian for 33 years, a music fan longer and a singer/guitarist and will provide some great insight as she co-hosts each episode with the host of The Rock N Roll Archaeology Project, Christian Swain.

This week Shelley does something a bit different and fun with an ACTUAL reading of 'Little Stevie Wonder' written by Quincy Troupe and illustrated by Lisa Cohen. Released on April 04, 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers.

Head over to www.rocknrollarchaeology.com to contact us and you can help support the podcast by purchasing this book through the link on our site.

Disclaimer: The views expressed here by Shelley Sorenson are made in her capacity as a private citizen, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the San Francisco Public Library or the City of San Francisco.

Aug 31, 2016
Deeper Digs in Rock: Going Electric
30:15

In this new series from The Rock n Roll Archaeology Project, host Christian Swain goes behind the scenes, on the road and further explores subjects surrounding the culture, technology and music that make Rock n Roll the magic that it is!

Today we explore that most iconic of rock instruments, the electric guitar. To find the proper company and setting, we travel down to Guitar Showcase in San Jose, California to meet up with Gypsy Jack -- and gain access to the shop’s collection of impressive vintage guitars. Jack shares some general, as well as personal history.

Then we travel back in time, as far as the 1930s, to trace the beginnings of the electric guitar as a necessity, a technology, and a phenomenon. We meet a guy named Les Paul from Wisconsin and Leo Fender from Southern California, and cover the founding of their quintessential guitar brands.

And, of course, along the way, we run into rock musicians and songs from different eras and genres, all united by their passion and prowess when it comes to their axes.

Thanks for tuning in and we hope you enjoy! 

Many thanks to Guitar Showcase in San Jose, CA.

Here is a list of the great songs referenced in this show.

Sol Hoopii’s Novelty Trio: “Ka Mele Oku'u Puuwai” from The Descendants, 2011 Walt Disney Records

Les Paul & Quincy Jones and His Orchestra: “Blue Skies” (Written by Irving Berlin), from The Complete Decca Trios-Plus, 1936-47 Decca Records

Led Zeppelin: “Whole Lotta Love” (Written by Bonham, Page, Plant, Jones & Dixon), from Led Zeppelin II, 1969 Atlantic Records

Red Hot Chili Peppers: “Higher Ground” (Written by Stevie Wonder), from Mother’s Milk, 1989 EMI America

Bruce Springsteen: “Born to Run”, from Born to Run, 1975 Columbia

Ritchie Valens: “La Bamba” (Traditional), Single, 1958 Del-Fi

Jimi Hendrix: “Star Spangled Banner” (Written by Francis Scott Key, John Stafford Smith), from Live at Woodstock, 1999 MCA

Derek and the Dominos: “Layla”, from Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, 1971 Atco (US)

Listen and enjoy!

Aug 17, 2016
Episode 10: Roll Away the Stones
01:05:59

Episode 10 opens up at the site of the Bricklayer’s Arms Public House, in Soho, West London, where Brian Jones met with two younger men, school chums, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, in the fall of 1963.

The three of them share a passion for American music—especially the amped-up, tough-sounding Chicago Blues coming out of Chess Records.

We tell a story about the Rolling Stones by telling a story about the music of Black America—because we think that’s the REAL origin story of the Stones. First, last, and always, the Stones have always been sincere and passionate lovers of American Blues, R&B, and Soul.

We meet some academics: folklorists and anthropologists who traced the early roots of the Blues and some of the early practitioners of this uniquely American art form. We tell a story that has not been well told until very recently:  the story of the Great Migration, which carried the Blues up and out of the Mississippi Delta to the big cities of the north, and then to the world.  

This journey of nearly 70 years takes us back to where we started, West London. It’s 1964 and the Rolling Stones are banging out the blues before rabid crowds in London clubs. They’ve attracted the notice of the Beatles, and a record deal is imminent.

'Roll Away the Stones' is essentially the tale of a lifelong love affair between “England’s Newest Hit Makers” and the music of Black America.

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Sound

Sound provided by Jerry Danielsen and Busy Signal Studios

Aug 11, 2016
Rock n Roll Librarian Reads: Delta Lady by Rita Coolidge
55:47

Welcome to the the Rock N Roll Librarian! Once a month, in between the main Rock N Roll Archaeology Project episodes we will be diving into a Rock N Roll book with our own real librarian who rocks - Shelley Sorenson.

Shelley has been a librarian for 33 years, a music fan longer and a singer/guitarist and will provide some great insight as she co-hosts each episode with the host of The Rock N Roll Archaeology Project, Christian Swain.

This week Shelley and Christian review 'Delta Lady: A Memoir' by Rita Coolidge with Michael Walker. Released on April 05, 2016 by Harper.

Head over to www.rocknrollarchaeology.com to contact us and you can help support the podcast by purchasing this book through the link on our site.

Disclaimer: The views expressed here by Shelley Sorenson are made in her capacity as a private citizen, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the San Francisco Public Library or the City of San Francisco.

Jul 20, 2016
Rock n Roll Librarian Reads Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk
49:41

Welcome to the the Rock N Roll Librarian! Once a month, in between the main Rock N Roll Archaeology Project episodes we will be diving into a Rock N Roll book with our own real librarian who rocks - Shelley Sorenson.

Shelley has been a librarian for 33 years, a music fan longer and a singer/guitarist and will provide some great insight as she co-hosts each episode with the host of The Rock N Roll Archaeology Project, Christian Swain.

This week Shelley and Christian review 'Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk' Released on April 26, 2016 by Da Capo Press.

Head over to www.rocknrollarchaeology.com to contact us and you can help support the podcast by purchasing this book through the link on our site.

Disclaimer: The views expressed here by Shelley Sorenson are made in her capacity as a private citizen, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the San Francisco Public Library or the City of San Francisco.

May 31, 2016
Episode 9: The Medium, The Message, The Music
01:08:45

Welcome back Diggers to Episode Nine: The Medium, The Message, The Music. This show will contain familiar elements — storytelling, commentary, and musicology — but it is also a bit of a departure.

It takes place mostly in the mid-sixties, but we’re not following a timeline or building a story: it’s more of a mosaic, a think-piece.

We think the influence of psychedelic drugs — especially LSD — on rock music is critically important and very much overlooked. It’s a vital part of the overall story. We hope to make that case with this show.

We will meet some rockers and there will be lots of musical examples, because that’s how we roll. But we will also meet scholars, inventors, researchers and writers: Marshall McLuhan, Albert Hofmann, Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey…and more.
 
We will spend some time on the advances in music technology — better instruments and amps, multi-tracking and effects — and show these advances in the musical media arrive at the same time as advances in the psychedelic media.

And the results of that arrival are, well, mind-blowing.

We’re going “Further” with this episode, so turn on, tune in, and enjoy!

Voices

Jay Stevens performed by Tim Lynch

Peter Ames Carlin performed by Tom Rizzuto

Tom Wolfe performed by Ronald Purser

Sound

Sound provided by Jerry Danielsen and Busy Signal Studios

May 05, 2016
Rock n Roll Librarian Reads Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me
44:06

Welcome to the the Rock N Roll Librarian! Once a month, in between the main Rock N Roll Archaeology Project episodes we will be diving into a Rock N Roll book with our own real librarian who rocks - Shelley Sorenson.

Shelley has been a librarian for 33 years, a music fan longer and a singer/guitarist and will provide some great insight as she co-hosts each episode with the host of The Rock N Roll Archaeology Project, Christian Swain.

This week Shelley and Christian review 'Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me.' Released on April 27, 2008 by Three Rivers Press.

Head over to www.rocknrollarchaeology.com to contact us and you can help support the podcast by purchasing this book through the link on our site.

Disclaimer: The views expressed here by Shelley Sorenson are made in her capacity as a private citizen, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the San Francisco Public Library or the City of San Francisco.

Apr 28, 2016
Rock n Roll Librarian Reads Bowie on Bowie: Interviews and Encounters with David Bowie
45:05

Welcome to the the Rock N Roll Librarian! Once a month, in between the main Rock N Roll Archaeology Project episodes we will be diving into a Rock N Roll book with our own real librarian who rocks - Shelley Sorenson.

Shelley has been a librarian for 33 years, a music fan longer and a singer/guitarist and will provide some great insight as she co-hosts each episode with the host of The Rock N Roll Archaeology Project, Christian Swain.

This week Shelley and Christian review Bowie on Bowie Interviews and Encounters with David Bowie. Released on May 1, 2015 by Chicago Review Press.

Head over to www.rocknrollarchaeology.com to contact us and you can help support the podcast by purchasing this book through the link on our site.

Apr 05, 2016
Episode 8: Meet The Beatles Part 2
01:02:04

The show opens December 27th, 1961, at the Cavern Club where Pete Best calls in sick, and the boys bring in Richard Starkey - Ringo Starr to the world - to sit in on drums, his first paid gig with the Beatles. It clicks musically; the band really swings with Ringo on drums.

Along the way, we will meet two men: Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ manager, and George Martin, their producer. We get to know these two a little bit, and discuss their role in igniting Beatlemania, first in England in 1963, and then in America a year later.

We return back to where we started in Episode Seven: February 7th, 1964 at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City, as the Beatles arrive in America. Something even bigger arrives alongside them.

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Voice Credits

Voice of Bob Spitz: Bob Ferguson

Voice of Mark Lewisohn: Matt Bragg

Sound by John Michael Berry of Million Dollars Music

Mar 23, 2016
Rock n Roll Librarian Reads Elvis Costello: Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink
26:24

Welcome to a new part of the Rock N Roll Archaeology Project -  the Rock N Roll Librarian! Once a month, in between the main show episodes we will be diving into a Rock N Roll book with our own real librarian who rocks - Shelley Sorenson.

Shelley has been a librarian for 33 years, a music fan longer and a singer/guitarist and will provide some great insight as she co-hosts each episode with the host of The Rock N Roll Archaeology Project, Christian Swain.

This week Shelley and Christian review Elvis Costello: Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink. Released on October 15, 2015 by Blue Rider Press.

Head over to www.rocknrollarchaeology.com to contact us and you can help support the podcast by purchasing this book through the link on our site.

Mar 08, 2016
Episode 7: Meet The Beatles Part 1
55:50

John, Paul and George settle in together in the spring of 1958, and begin a four-year apprenticeship that will take them from coffee-house skifflers to the “Toppermost of the Poppermost.”

Then it’s off to Hamburg, fall of 1960. The Beatles work hard and play hard, and learn the basics of being a professional Rock N Roll band.

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SHOW NOTES & CREDITS

Adam Scott, of London Walks Tours, interview by Christian Swain on September 4th, 2015.

Voice Credits

Voice of Bob Spitz: Bob Ferguson

Voice of Mark Lewisohn: Matt Bragg

Sound by John Michael Berry of Million Dollars Music

 

Feb 23, 2016
Rock n Roll Librarian Reads Reckless: My Life as a Pretender
17:53

Welcome to a new part of the Rock N Roll Archaeology Project -  the Rock N Roll Librarian! Once a month, in between the main show episodes we will be diving into a Rock N Roll book with our own real librarian who rocks - Shelley Sorenson.

Shelley has been a librarian for 33 years, a music fan longer and a singer/guitarist and will provide some great insight as she co-hosts each episode with the host of The Rock N Roll Archaeology Project, Christian Swain.

This week Shelley and Christian begin the series with Chrissie Hynde's memoir 'Reckless: My Life as a Pretender'. Released on September 8, 2015 by Doubleday Books.

We would love to hear your thoughts and comments on this book, as well as suggestions for other titles we should read and review in the future.

Head over to www.rocknrollarchaeology.com to contact us and you can help support the podcast by purchasing this book through the link on our site.

Feb 08, 2016