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An episodic journey into modern music history - an academy, a community, and fantastic place for engaging discussion about the impact of Rock N Roll on our culture.

An episodic journey into modern music history - an academy, a community, and fantastic place for engaging discussion about the impact of Rock N Roll on our culture.
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An episodic journey into modern music history - an academy, a community, and fantastic place for engaging discussion about the impact of Rock N Roll on our culture.




Deeper Digs in Rock: Randy Bachman

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...


Art of Rock with Kosh & Friends - EP.01

'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...


Deeper Digs in Rock: Art of Rock with Kosh

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...


Deeper Digs in Rock: Rock Photographer Mick Rock

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 Mötley Crüe, 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...


Reel Rock: Rock Star

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 Visit our site for...


Deeper Digs in Rock: Rock PR with Tony Michaelides

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,...


Vinyl Snob 05: Cutting & Pressing

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...


Deeper Digs in Rock: Unofficial Rush Historian

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...


Episode 15: Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Five Summers in LA

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...


Rock N Roll Librarian: Reckless Daughter - A Portrait of Joni Mitchell

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...


Deeper Digs in Rock: NAMM 2018

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! You can support the show by...


Reel Rock: Head

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 Buy stuff, donate, view past episodes! http://www.rocknrollarchaeology.com/ Curious to who I give...


Deeper Digs in Rock: Restless Daughter - A Portrait of Joni Mitchell

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...


Deeper Digs with Rock Drummers: Hal Blaine

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...


Deeper Digs in Rock: Chicago - The Terry Kath Experience

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,...


Deeper Digs with Rock Drummers: Omar Hakim

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...


The Company You Keep: The Epic Story of Zildjian Cymbals and Popular Music in America

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...


Deeper Digs in Rock: Smithsonian Rock and Roll with Bill Bentley

"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...


Rock N Roll Librarian Reads: From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars

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...


Vinyl Snob 04: Maintenance & Gear

In Episode 4, we talk vinyl maintenance and gear. Dave speaks with Bes Nievara 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 Herock 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: Episode credits: Post Audio Sacramento, CA Please subscribe, rate and...


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