Lost Notes


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 May 26, 2020
Great podcast! I highly recommend you listen to this because the stories are true, gritty, and just amazing. Music history is the best history there is! Please make more episodes.


A collection of the greatest music stories never told. Music journalist and author Jessica Hopper takes the reins for season two.

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BONUS: Power to the People

The new season of Lost Notes will be here in September. Meantime, this summer, we’re sharing a couple of bonus episodes. Fifty years ago, an unlikely musical group evolved out of the Oakland chapter of the Black Panther Party. They were called The Lumpen. And although they quickly gained a following for their air-tight funk, they were always meant to be much more than mere entertainment. Peter Gilstrap reports on the rise and fall of an unlikely R&B group born out of social upheaval.

Jun 18, 2020
Song of a Gun

As long as there have been guns, there have been songs about guns. But American culture's relationship with guns is changing. Does popular music reflect that? We take a look at the history of music's relationships with guns, and gun control activism, to find out.

Jun 13, 2019
Beyond Disco: Nermin Niazi and Feisal Mosleh

In the early ‘80s, two teenage siblings in London recorded an album that fused Pakistani pop and British New Wave. It became a perfect harmony of the two worlds they lived in. This is the story behind their lost masterpiece.

Jun 06, 2019
Imagining Billy Tipton

Jazz pianist Billy Tipton has been celebrated by some as a trans pioneer – but his story resists an easy telling.

May 30, 2019
More on John Fahey and Legacy

As a supplement to our episode on John Fahey, we share a conversation between Jessica Hopper and Carla Green about artist legacies in the era of cancel culture and #MeToo.

May 28, 2019
Living with John Fahey aka A Room Full of Flowers

John Fahey’s guitar playing influenced the sound of the American underground for generations. But how does that legacy change when you hear from three of the women who knew him best?

May 23, 2019
A Castle On Top of A Hill: The True Story of Fanny

The rock band Fanny ruled the Sunset Strip in the 1970s, and they were supposed to be the next big thing. They explain the price women pay for being ahead of their time.

May 16, 2019
Sonic Sculptor: Suzanne Ciani
May 09, 2019
To Chan Marshall: A Letter to Cat Power

Poet and author Hanif Abdurraqib's letter to Cat Power about how her album The Greatest worked its way into his life.

May 02, 2019
Teenage Offenders: Reckoning with a Punk Past

The Freeze were an early American punk band. Now, 40 years later, two members reckon with the lyrics they wrote as teenagers.

Apr 25, 2019
Season 2 is Coming Soon

On this season of Lost Notes, the music journalist and author Jessica Hopper is looking at artist legacies. How do they hold up? How do they change over time? Learn how decades on a song can find new meaning, something different than when it was written. Find out what happens when we apply our 2019 politics to 1974’s songs. And hear from pioneering women who have been written out of music’s history.

Apr 03, 2019
Reissue: Unfictional - Nature Boy
The strange story of the postwar pop standard "Nature Boy" and its enigmatic creator, eden ahbez.
Jan 31, 2019
Reissue: Heat Rocks - Cymande

Legendary DJ/crate-digger Cut Chemist professes his love for Cymande’s 1972 self-titled debut.

Oct 10, 2018
Reissue: The Dove
A global pop icon appears in a most unexpected place in this story from Pod Planet’s Clive Desmond.
Aug 21, 2018
Reissue: Mad About The Boy

We resurface a story from Falling Tree Productions that takes a look at the empowering flip-side of pop fandom.

Jul 31, 2018
Searching for the Root: The Incredible Journey of Aisha Ali

In the wake of the swinging ‘60s, a young woman named Aisha Ali travels to North Africa in search of her roots. There, she single-handedly documents hours and hours of music and film from Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt ... much of it still unheard.

May 24, 2018
A Million Dollars Worth of Plastic

In 1989 McDonald’s ran the biggest flexi-disc promotion ever, sending out 80 million discs (playing the “Menu Song”) as inserts in newspapers all over the country. A very special copy of this record was almost burned to heat a family home in Galax, Virginia. Instead, it ended up winning the homeowner a million dollars.

May 17, 2018
Shaggs’ Own Thing: The Story of the Wiggin Sisters

One of the most unlistenable bands of the ‘60s became a cult favorite decades later, gaining praise from the likes of Frank Zappa, Kurt Cobain and Sonic Youth. But did the Wiggin sisters from Fremont, New Hampshire even want to be in a band in the first place? The New Yorker’s Susan Orlean recounts her reporting on the band’s strange trip to unexpected fame.

May 10, 2018
Johnny Tried: The Ballad of Glen Sherley

When Johnny Cash played his iconic concert at Folsom Prison he covered the song of one very talented inmate. Johnny pulled some strings, plucked Glen Sherley from prison and brought him out on the road. Did this turn of fortune wind up helping or hurting the formerly unknown songwriter?

May 03, 2018
New Edition’s Neighborhood Secret

The boys in New Edition were basketball fans from Boston - Celtics country. So what happened when they hung out with the L.A. Lakers in a music video during the height of the 1980s Celtics/Lakers rivalry?

Apr 26, 2018
Electricity: Conversations With Captain Beefheart

In this intimate radio portrait of one of music’s most legendary eccentric geniuses, writer Kristine McKenna offers you a visceral experience of what it was like to be friends with Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart).

Apr 19, 2018
Louie Louie: The Strange Journey of the Dirtiest Song Never Written

An FBI Investigation, an engagement ring, wine coolers...  the surprising story behind the ubiquitous anthem that every teenager bangs out on their first guitar.

Apr 12, 2018
Outlaws of the Airwaves: The Rise of Pirate Radio Station WBAD

Pirate radio station WBAD in New York was a beloved source for fans of underground, unsanitized hip-hop in the 1990s, but how high could this illegal operation fly while also staying under the radar?

Apr 12, 2018
Introducing Lost Notes

Hear a preview of Lost Notes, an anthology of some of the greatest music stories never truly told. Top journalists present stand-alone audio documentaries that highlight music’s head, heart and beat, with host Solomon Georgio as your guide.

Apr 05, 2018