Rock N Roll Archaeology

By Pantheon Media

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An episodic overview of the history of Rock Music. Think of it as a college level Rock N Roll 101 course...or if you prefer, a multi-part audio documentary. We take in the music, culture and technology of the second half of the 20th Century to prove how significant and how much impact this art movement had to the times, while still resonating today. It’s carefully researched, fully scripted and highly produced...a little bit academic in tone, because we do our homework. But we throw in a lot of fun too: music, storytelling, commentary and quotes, lots of sound design. The series is presented in chronological order, and we take our time making these, really trying to get the history right.

Episode Date
Episode 16: East of Eden
From the funky streets of the Haight we head east a couple miles to the Fillmore West, and meet a complicated man, concert promoter Bill Graham. It was during these early years in San Francisco that Bill created the rock concert experience.
Oct 25, 2018
Episode 15: Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Five Summers in Los Angeles
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.
Mar 06, 2018
Episode 14: I'd Love to Turn You On
We open in Manila, in 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.
Jul 07, 2017
Episode 13: Hard to Handle
We open at Waldo Point Marina in Sausalito, California, just north of San Francisco. Otis Redding takes a break from the road on Bill Graham’s houseboat, and comes up with a signature song.
Apr 25, 2017
Episode 12: Machine Gun
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.
Jan 07, 2017
Episode 11: I Can't Explain
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.”
Oct 11, 2016
Episode 10: Roll Away The Stones
Episode Ten opens up with Christian narrating 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.
Aug 12, 2016
Episode 9: 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.
May 05, 2016
Episode 8: Meet The Beatles Part 2
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.
Mar 08, 2016
Episode 7: Meet The Beatles Part 1
Digging into the Journey of the Fab Four in this 2 Part Special
Feb 23, 2016
Episode 6: Soul Sisters
Fall of 1963 in Manhattan, in the main room, the big studio at Columbia Records. A big-time, high-stakes recording session for Aretha Franklin is about to get underway.
Jan 27, 2016
Episode 5: The Ballad of Bob and J.R.
Two legends meet as we experience the events of the early Sixties in America.
Dec 30, 2015
Episode 4: The Change of the Guard
We briefly recap the first Golden Age of Rock N Roll: 1956 to 1959. A lot happened, and fast.
Dec 09, 2015
Episode 3: The Day the Music Died
We describe Rock N Roll as an “enfant terrible,” then an unruly toddler, then a hyperactive kid. When Buddy Holly breaks out in late 1957, we see Rock N Roll has stepped out into the world as a confident young adult. Our story begins on a snowy two-lane highway in rural Iowa, on February 2nd, 1959: the fateful last day of the Winter Dance Party tour.
Nov 18, 2015
Episode 2: Elvis and the Rise of Television
Archaeology is the study of human activity in the past, looking at lots of different things from lots of different angles. We take that approach with Rock N Roll. We recap episode one, and open in Memphis, 1954. Sun Records owner Sam Phillips has found his elusive crossover sound—and the artist who can deliver it. Elvis breaks out; in just a few months he’s on the cusp of national stardom.
Nov 10, 2015
Episode 1: The Precursors
We start by asking: how does Rock n Roll affect the larger society, and how does the larger society affect Rock n Roll?
Oct 26, 2015