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Episode 63 | James Campion ["Take A Sad Song: The Emotional Currency Of 'Hey Jude'"]

In “Take a Sad Song: The Emotional Currency of ‘Hey Jude’,” James Campion dives deeply into the song's origins, recording, visual presentation, impact, and eventual influence, while also discovering what makes "Hey Jude" a classic musical expression of personal comfort and societal unity conceived by a master songwriter, Paul McCartney. Within its melodic brilliance and lyrical touchstones of empathy and nostalgia resides McCartney's personal and professional relationship with his childhood...


Episode 62 | Elliott Landy ["Photographs of Janis Joplin: On the Road & On Stage"]

Celebrated photographer Elliott Landy presents an intimate look at the legendary female singer-songwriter, Janis Joplin. Landy's iconic images of Janis, both on the road and in concert, capture and preserve her pure essence as well as her onstage magnificence. “Photographs of Janis Joplin: On the Road & On Stage” features beautifully reproduced large format images, many never before published. Janis's own words, taken from recorded interviews by David Dalton, are used as extended captions...


Episode 61 | Jean Beauvoir ["Bet My Soul on Rock 'n' Roll: Diary of a Black Punk Icon"]

Jean Beauvoir joined the Plasmatics in 1979, playing bass and keyboards for the most notorious band to emerge out of the New York City punk scene. By 1982, he was a member of Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, a retro-rock revival act headed by Steven Van Zandt. The Disciples of Soul videos played on MTV during the network’s earliest years, making Beauvoir one of the first Black recording artists to cross the start-up music channel’s “color line.” Beauvoir went on to become a...


Episode 60 | Michael Barclay ["Hearts on Fire: Six Years that Changed Canadian Music 2000–2005"]

“Hearts on Fire” is about the creative explosion in Canadian music of the early 2000s, which captured the world’s attention in entirely new ways. The Canadian wave didn’t just sweep over one genre or one city, it stretched from coast to coast, affecting large bands and solo performers, rock bands and DJs, and it connected to international scenes by capitalizing on new technology and old-school DIY methods. Arcade Fire, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Feist, Tegan and Sara, Alexisonfire: those...


Episode 59 | William Irwin ["The Meaning of Metallica: Ride the Lyrics"]

More than 40 years since their formation, and 125 million album sales later, Metallica is as relevant as ever. Much has been written about the band, but “The Meaning of Metallica” is the first book to focus exclusively on their lyrics. Their mighty guitar riffs and pounding drums are legendary, but Metallica’s words match the intensity of their tunes. Lead singer James Hetfield writes rock poetry dealing with death, war, addiction, alienation, corruption, freedom, religion, and other weighty...


Episode 58 | Adam Steiner ["Into The Never: Nine Inch Nails And The Creation Of The Downward Spiral"]

Ushering in a new era of confessional music that spoke openly about experiences of trauma, depression, and self-loathing, Nine Inch Nails' seminal album, 1994’s ‘The Downward Spiral’, changed popular music forever—bringing transgressive themes of heresy, S&M, and body horror to the masses and taking music technology to its limits. Released in 1994, the album resonated across a generation, combining elements of metal, industrial, synth-pop, and ambient electronica, and going on to sell over...


Episode 57 | Chris Sutton ["Black Sabbath in the 1970s"]

The 1970s saw the rise of rock and metal as a force in record and ticket sales. Right there at the birth of this was Black Sabbath, whose first album came from nowhere to smash into the top of the charts in Britain and around the world. “Black Sabbath in the 1970s” covers the career of the original foursome - Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward – from Polka Tulk, through Earth and their original nine years as Black Sabbath, when the band recorded such iconic albums as...


Episode 56 | Steve Pilkington ["Uriah Heep in the 1970s"]

Incredibly, Uriah Heep have now been active for a full fifty years. Few, however, would argue that the period which has come to define them the most, the years they were most influential, was from 1970 to 1980. During this decade the band released an incredible thirteen studio albums and a legendary double live album. All this while going through a regular turnaround of musicians in all but the guitar and keyboard roles. This book takes the reader on a year-by-year journey through that...


Episode 55 | Jim Berkenstadt ["Mysteries in the Music: Case Closed"]

"Mysteries in the Music: Case Closed" examines the secrets, myths, legends, hoaxes, conspiracies, and the wildly inexplicable events that are such an intriguing part of rock and roll history. Jim Berkenstadt, aka The Rock And Roll Detective®, has spent decades researching the players behind these famous soundtracks and the mysteries hidden within the music itself. Travel back to the 1950s to uncover “Who Really Discovered Elvis Presley?” Revisit a time in the 1960s when a famous folk...


Episode 54 | J.R. Moores ["Electric Wizards: A Tapestry of Heavy Music, 1968 to the Present"]

It began with the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter.” It was distilled to its dark essence by Black Sabbath. And it’s flourished into a vibrant modern underground, epitomized by Newcastle’s Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs. This is the evolution of heavy music, and “Electric Wizards” is your sonic gazetteer. The voyage is as varied as it is illuminating: from the lysergic blunt trauma of Blue Cheer to the locked grooves of Funkadelic, the aural frightmares of Faust to the tectonic crush of Sleep,...


Episode 53 | Craig Odanovich [“Craig's Record Factory: A Young Entrepreneur's Journey Through the 70's and 80's”]

Craig Odanovich grew up in Flour Bluff, Texas. In an era before Dairy Queen officially expanded their menu beyond dessert, he learned entrepreneurial principles working for the family-owned franchise. Later as a young music entrepreneur, he launched a successful record store: Craig's Record Factory. It was a time when neighborhood record stores were still a prime point of connection between popular music and the public. The experience augmented Craig's passion for music and prepared him for...


Episode 52 | Paul Hegarty & Martin Halliwell ["Beyond & Before: Progressive Rock Across Time & Genre"]

Called by Record Collector “the most accomplished critical overview yet” of progressive rock and one of their 2011 books of the year, “Beyond and Before” moves away from the limited consensus that prog rock is exclusively English in origin and that it was destroyed by the advent of punk in 1976. Instead, by tracing its multiple origins and complex transitions, it argues for the integration of jazz and folk into progressive rock and the extension of prog in Kate Bush, Radiohead, Porcupine...


Episode 51 | Paul Brannigan ["Unchained: The Eddie Van Halen Story"]

Arriving in California as a young boy in the early 1960s, Edward Van Halen and his brother Alex were ripe for the coming musical revolution. The sons of a Dutch, saxophone-playing father, the brothers discovered the Beatles, Cream and others, and once Eddie switched from drums to guitar it started to become apparent where the future of both brothers lay. From the moment their hugely influential 1978 debut landed, Van Halen set a high bar for the rock 'n' roll lifestyle, creating an entirely...


Episode 50 | Co de Kloet ["Frank & Co: Conversations with Frank Zappa 1977–1993"]

Co de Kloet and Frank Zappa were friends for many years, and during that time Co recorded nearly every conversation the two men had. They also corresponded frequently—about life, music, politics, and much more besides—and this book offers a unique chronicle of their friendship, from their first meeting in 1977 to Zappa’s death in 1993. Co is renowned as an expert on Zappa’s music, but this book is about far more than that, and is unlike any other collection of interviews. As his son Dweezil...


Episode 49 | Nick Panaseiko & Bob Klanac ["Promo Man: Backstage Tales From The Vinyl Jungle"]

If you’ve never heard of Nick Panaseiko, that’s entirely understandable. He was a backstage guy, making sure that the act onstage is playing to a full house, making sure their records were on the radio and in record stores. He was a promo man. Kelly Jay of Crowbar referred to the Canadian music industry of the era as a matter of ‘six degrees of Nick Panaseiko’. Taking off from a popular Panasonic ad campaign of the day, legendary rocker Ronnie Hawkins dubbed him, “Nick Panaseiko, a man...


Episode 48 | Barry Delve ["Electric Light Orchestra: Every Album, Every Song"

The ELO story is one of continued success for over 50 years. From inauspicious beginnings in 1971, where live audiences barely reached double figures, ELO would become one of the most popular bands in the world by the end of the decade, thanks largely to the songwriting and production talents of Jeff Lynne. There were hits such as “Evil Woman”, “Mr. Blue Sky” and “Don’t Bring Me Down”; multi-platinum albums like ‘Out Of The Blue’ and ‘Discovery’, and, of course, their spectacular stage...


Episode 47 | Julian Gill ["Aerosmith On Tour, 1973 - '85"]

"Aerosmith On Tour" focuses on the touring history of one of rock’s legendary bands based on local reviews of the shows and the contemporaneous critical perception of the band. This first volume of "Aerosmith On Tour" covers the band's early grind, as they sought to establish themselves on the rock 'n' roll landscape, through the successes and internal turmoil, ending with the successful 1984 reunion. Also covered are the offshoot bands, the Joe Perry Project and Whitford/St. Holmes, and...


Episode 46 | John Van der Kiste ["1970: A Year In Rock "]

1970 was a year of change in pop and rock music, with divisions between both becoming ever more blurred. More ambitiously constructed epics, heavy rock numbers and contemporary folk songs competed with the mainstream and easy listening fare on Top of the Pops and in the Top 30 singles, while progressive and jazz-rock took their first bows in the album charts. There were live albums, notably from The Rolling Stones and The Who, made partly to combat the market in bootleg recordings....


Episode 45 | Mark Andrews ["Paint My Name in Black and Gold"]

In the early 1980s two bands dominated the independent charts: the Smiths and the Sisters of Mercy. They have proved to be equally influential. In every city in the world you will find people dressed like they have just walked offstage from playing a gig with the Sisters of Mercy in 1983. “Paint My Name in Black and Gold” tells the story of their rise – how against the odds and all reasonable expectation they came to make transcendent and life-changing music. It is also about the glorious...


Episode 44 | Stephen Lambe ["Yes In The 1980s: Decades"]

When Yes ran into problems recording their tenth album in Paris at the end of 1979, it was almost the end. Yet in the 80s the band rallied, firstly as part of an unlikely collaboration with a new wave duo, then with 90125, the most successful album of their career, which spawned a number one hit in the USA with ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart’. The band failed to capitalize on this success, however, lingering too long over its successor Big Generator and by the end of the decade, Yes had...