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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: Rock Drummers with Hunt Sales

he Rock N Roll Archaeologist sits down with sideman extraordinaire, Hunt Sales. Known as a session and touring drummer for decades, working with names like David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Bootsy and Todd Rundgren, Hunt Sales has embarked on his first solo career with an album of twelve original songs, “Get Your Shit Together” on Big Legal Mess records. Hunt, along with bassist brother Tony, began their musical careers in the mid 1960’s. They are the sons of early T.V. comedian Soupy Sales, who as a...


Deeper Digs in Rock: 1965 - The Most Revolutionary Year in Music

This week in Deeper Digs in Rock, The Rock N Roll Archaeologist sits down with guest, author Andrew Grant Jackson. In great detail Christian and Andrew discuss his 2015 book, '1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music'. Is it really the most revolutionary year in the rock n roll age? We will find out! Fifty years ago, friendly rivalry between musicians turned 1965 into the year rock evolved into the premier art form of its time and accelerated the drive for personal freedom throughout the...


Muses and Stuff EP 97: Helen & Lee Morgan

Happy 2019 everyone! We thought we’d start the new year with something a little different. Instead of taking you on a rock n roll journey we are diving into some sweet jazz with the story of Lee and Helen Morgan. Everyone who knew Helen loved her. Her place was a mecca for musicians and artists alike who needed a good meal and some TLC. When Lee, an extremely talented trumpeter who was very much down on his luck arrived on her doorstep Helen knew she had to help him get back on his feet....


Deeper Digs in Rock: Bring it on Home: Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin, and Beyond - The Story of Rock's Greatest Manager

This week the Rock N Roll Archaeologist sits down with Mark Blake, author of the just released Bring It On Home: Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin, and Beyond--The Story of Rock's Greatest Manager. Mark Blake is a former Assistant Editor of Q magazine, a long-time contributor to its sister title MOJO, and has written for Rolling Stone, the Times (London), Classic Rock, and the Daily Telegraph. He is the editor of two definitive music books, Dylan: Visions, Portraits & Back Pages and Punk: The Whole...


Deeper Digs in Rock: The Band of Heathens

Happy New Year Diggers! Welcome to the new Pantheon Media! Our first DDIR show of 2019 is a discussion with an up and coming Americana outfit out of Austin, Texas, called The Band of Heathens. The Rock N Roll Archaeologist sits down with founding member, Ed Jurdi to discuss the origins of the band and their newest album, a re-imagining of Ray Charles’ 1972 political record “A Message from the People”. Ed tells us given the current political climate in America, he and the band wanted to...


Deeper Digs in Rock: 'Rock N Roll Woman: The Fifty Fiercest Female Rockers' with Meredith Ochs

Join the Rock n Roll Archaeologist Christian Swain as he and this episode’s special guest Meredith Ochs dissect her latest book, “Rock N Roll Woman: The Fifty Fiercest Female Rockers”. Meredith Ochs is an American radio commentator, DJ, author, journalist and musician. She is a Gracie Award honoree for her work in radio. Ochs is a commentator for National Public Radio's All Things Considered and has appeared on Talk of the Nation. She has been a frequent guest on NPR’s All Songs...


Muses and Stuff EP 96: Jon Scott on Tom Petty

It’s our last episode of 2018! And what a way to end they year. In today’s episode, we speak to Jon Scott, author of Tom Petty and Me: My Rock ‘n’ Roll Adventures with Tom Petty. When Chanty received the e-mail about interviewing Jon, she couldn’t believe her good fortune. Being one of the biggest Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fans out there, this is a dream interview. To speak with someone who played such a vital role in getting the Heartbreaker’s music out the public was special- but...


Art of Rock with Kosh & Friends EP 08: 'Vice' with Director Adam McKay

Continuing with our Holidays celebration, this edition of Art of Rock, our host Kosh brings into Aftermaster studio his dear friend director, comedian and actor and Academy Award winning writer, Adam McKay. Adam has a new film out today called “Vice”. The story of Dick Cheney (played by Christian Bale), an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel...


Reel Rock: The Blues Brothers

The Rock N Roll Reverend Andy King returns on a mission from God! In this episode we take a look at the 1980 film, The Blues Brothers, directed by John Landis, starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, and featuring more amazing musical cameos than you can shake a harmonica at. Some of the questions we will be answering today are: How much cocaine did Belushi do? Did Aretha Franklin single-handedly kill disco? Go Aretha! And finally: exactly how DID I manage to work a Paul Simon joke into...


Deeper Digs in Rock: Just a Shot Away: Peace, Love and Tragedy with the Rolling Stones at Altamont

In this edition the Rock N Roll Archaeologist digs very deep into the events of the Altamont Music festival held on December 6th, 1969. Our special guest is author Saul Austerlitz whose latest book is “Just a Shot Away: Peace, Love and Tragedy with the Rolling Stones at Altamont”. Saul is a long time music journalist who has had work published in the LA Times, NY Times, Boston Globe, Slate, the Village Voice, The New Republic, the SF Chronicle, Spin, Rolling Stone, and Paste. He is the...


Muses and Stuff EP 95: Poison Ivy and Lux Interior: The Story of The Cramps

When hearing the story of Lux Interior and Poison Ivy Rorschach one thing is abundantly clear – these two we’re destined to be with one another. While both were attending Sacramento State in the early 70’s it was a chance encounter off campus that led to their introduction. As Ivy said “I was a teenage hitchhiker and he gave me a ride. He’s been giving me a ride ever since.” Within a fortnight the pair had shacked up and their equal passion for rock n roll became their life. Discovering old...


Deeper Digs in Rock: My Life in Rock n Roll with John Simon

John Simon is a super producer. And one that gets deeply involved in the process with the artists he works with. He is an accomplished musician and songwriter himself, having several albums under his belt. He began his career at the leading record company in the world at the time, Columbia, in the early 1960’s and worked his way up to producer. Being relatively young to the staid old men in the organization, he was tapped to produce several of these new fangled rock n rollers the company...


Art of Rock with Kosh & Friends EP. 07: Family

It is a special English Happy Christmas edition for Kosh and Friends because our host invites his son, John Kosh Jr. and grandson Atticus, into the studio to reminisce about family, the holidays and mostly about Kosh Jr. being on sets while rock n roll stars like the Eagles, Don Henley, James Taylor, and more babysit! It's a warm and thoughtful hour that is intended to remind everyone what the holidays are really about and that is family. Enjoy, put a yule log on the fire, bake some...


Deeper Digs in Rock: A Very Special Christmas with Shelly Yakus

Ho, ho, ho! The Rock N Roll Archaeologist spends some quality holiday time with legendary producer/engineer Shelly Yakus. Join them as they discuss the making of 1987 star studded philanthropic album for the Special Olympics organization, “A Very Special Christmas”. A Very Special Christmas is the first in the A Very Special Christmas series of Christmas-themed compilation albums produced to benefit Special Olympics. The album was released in mid-October 1987, and production was overseen...


Muses and Stuff EP 94: Linda Thompson - A Little Thing Called Life - On Loving Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner and Songs in Between

This episode is for anyone who is truly curious about what it was like to live beside the KING- Elvis Presley. In her amazing memoir, Linda Thompson writes: “ as the adage goes, you don’t really know someone unless you live with them. Only two women ever actually lived with Elvis. I was one of them”. Chanty read the incredible book A Little Thing Called Life On Loving Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner, and Songs in Between by Linda Thompson, and presents it to you in this week’s episode. Linda is...


Rock N Roll Librarian Reads Petty: The Biography

On October 7th, 2017 Tom Petty joined the rock n roll orchestra on the other side. He was 67 years young. For rockers around the world, like Prince a few months earlier, it was a shock coupled with immense sadness. Forever on we will not have Tom around with his Heartbreakers disposing easy wisdom in song or slyly telling off adversaries with Southern charm or that kick ass band that hummed like a stock car racer. It was a hard one to take. Join the Rock N Roll Librarian Shelley Sorenson...


Vinyl Snob 08: Turntables

In episode 8 of Vinyl Snob, we speak with Paul Rigby, a journalist and hi-fi audio reviewer from the UK who writes for such magazines as Long Live Vinyl. He also maintains a very impressive and comprehensive website. Dave talked with Paul about how he ended up as a writer specializing in music and hi-fi, entry level turntables, what makes one turntable better than the other, how to upgrade a turntable and what it really means to be an audiophile. Please visit to see the...


Muses and Stuff EP 93: Pamela Des Barres

Today we present you with our long awaited, highly anticipated interview with Pamela Des Barres. A woman who really needs no introduction- but we’ll give you one anyway. This woman is a legend. She is the author of 5 books, and maybe you’ve heard of her work? I’m with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie? This woman is such a rock star in her on right that when we were out vintage shopping with her today, she was recognized and called out as royalty. And she really is that- rock...


Reel Rock: Bohemian Rhapsody

The ONLY film podcast that matters is BACK as The Rock N Roll Reverend takes a look at Bohemian Rhapsody the 2018 film currently in theatres. Some of the questions we will be answering are: All this and more included on this episode! What a value! Drop us a note at Visit us at Buy stuff! Be Excellent To Each Other!


Deeper Digs in Rock: Faith No More with Adrian Harte

Adrian Harte was first a young Faith No More fan growing up in Ireland. Then in 2009 he moved to Switzerland and started the unofficial web presence (FNM does not have much of an official website) of the band online and was so inspired, plus trusted by fans and band alike, he wrote a book about their history. 'Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More' is the definitive biography of one of the most intriguing bands of the late twentieth century. Written with the participation of the...