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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: Mindi Abair

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...


Muses and Stuff EP 82: Alice Carbone Tench

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...


Deeper Digs in Rock: Fare Thee Well with Joel Selvin

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...


Muses and Stuff EP. 81: Cynthia Lennon

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...


Art of Rock with Kosh & Friends - EP.04

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...


Deeper Digs in Rock: Ahmet Zappa

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...


Muses and Stuff EP 80: Jo Wood

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...


Reel Rock: School of Rock

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...


Muses and Stuff EP 78: Groupie Tales

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. Chanty and Lynx start a new segment called Groupie...


Art of Rock with Kosh & Friends - EP.03

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...


Rock N Roll Librarian Reads : Hit So Hard

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...


Muses and Stuff EP 76: Astrid Kirchherr and Stuart Sutcliffe

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...


Vinyl Snob 06: Collecting & Pressing (pt. II)

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...


Deeper Digs in Rock: Robert Hilburn on Paul Simon

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...


Reel Rock: Rumble

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...


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...


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! Visit our site for...