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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: 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 wearing...


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 … Buy stuff, donate, view past episodes! Curious to who I give a...


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...


Deeper Digs in Rock: The Sound of Rock with Bob Heil

Christian has the privilege of interviewing Bob Heil. Bob is a legendary sound and radio engineer most well known for creating the template for modern rock sound systems. He founded the company Heil Sound in 1966, which went on to create unique touring sound systems for bands such as The Grateful Dead and The Who. Heil invented the Heil Talk Box in 1973, which is frequently used by musicians such as Peter Frampton, Jeff Beck, Slash, Joe Walsh and Richie Sambora. He pioneered fiberglass...


Reel Rock: SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock

Join us in this episode of Reel Rock, where we get into 'SHOT! THE PSYCHO-SPIRITUAL MANTRA OF ROCK'. A recent documentary about famed rock photographer Mick Rock. The subtitle of this episode could be “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Photography” Some of the questions we will be answering in this show: Who is Mick Rock?How did Andy NOT know who Mick Rock was?What does a modern day photographer think? Stream the movie here: Check out...


Deeper Digs in Rock: Richard Lloyd of Television

In this episode of DDiR, Christian has the privilege of chatting with someone who basically helped create the world of punk, post-punk, alternative rock before Year Zero in New York City. None other than Richard Lloyd, co-founder of the band Television and a spark that helped ignite the punk movement at CBGB's. In his new autobiography, 'Everything Is Combustible' Lloyd recalls hanging out with Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Lee, and Led Zeppelin while still in his teens, and...


Deeper Digs in Rock: Red Roses, Green Gold

A different kind of Deeper Digs this week. Rock N Roll is fueling a new wave of musicals both on and off Broadway and one that caught our eye was the recent opening of 'Red Roses, Green Gold'. The musical is a comedic tale of a family looking to con its way to fortune in Maryland in the Twenties, featuring songs by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter. The characters have names like "The Candy Man" and "Bertha," and for added jam-band authenticity, Furthur and Dead & Co. keyboardist Jeff...


Vinyl Snob 03: Indie Record Stores & Swaps

In this episode David heads out to Independent Record Stores that are owner operated and then heads out of the comfort of the Record Store to try something new at a Record Swap where you buy, sell and trade vinyl. Songs from vinyl played in this episode: Episode credits: Post Audio Sacramento, CA Please subscribe, rate and review and head over to Patreon to help support our network of rock based podcasts.


Deeper Digs in Rock: The Psychedelic World of Paul Major

Christian is in NYC to sit down and chat with renowned record collector and frontman of Endless Boogie, Paul Major. Paul is the focus of 'FEEL THE MUSIC: The Psychedelic Worlds of Paul Major' a new book chronicling his decades spent unearthing the rarest and strangest from the realms of lost heavy psych masterpieces, unheard private press loner folk jams, demented lounge artifacts and every other conceivable and inconceivable genre in between. It is a companion piece to the 'Paul Major:...


Reel Rock: The Film Career of Tom Petty

A look back at the film career of Tom Petty. Host Andy King celebrates this recently departed rocker, who is 'Reel Rock Royalty' with a personal touch and still finds the answers to questions such as... Is it really a cameo if you are the character? Which Director admittedly owes his career to Tom Petty? Can Tom make a Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy enjoyable? Support the show: Buy Reel Rock Swag:...


Rock Talk: Music from Ken Burn's The Vietnam War

In the special episode of Rock Talk we feature a two part Slate's Take featuring Jeff Slate of Esquire and Christian discussing the music from The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Watch the film and get more info here: Read Jeff's article here: Listen to the soundtrack: ...


Rock Talk: Week of Oct. 3, 2017

RIP Tom Petty. Rock Talk starts off rough with another music festival shooting discussion and the legendary Tom Petty passing. Jeff Slate on Tom Petty: Host Bruce Wawrzyniak from 'Now Hear This Entertainment' @NHT_tweets podcast - joins us to talk about his show, guests, band promotion, his love of Rush and more! Look for Chrisitan to guest on Now Hear This soon! Diggers, now you can...


Rock Talk with The Empty Pockets

In this special episode of Rock Talk, Peter & Christian are joined by Erika Brett and Josh Solomon from indie Americana band, The Empty Pockets. We had the great fortune of seeing them perform in the Bay Area a couple years ago. We chat about their new release 'Voices', how they have become a modern day version of 'The Band', playing as the backing band for such music legends as Kenny Loggins, Ritchie Furay, Bad Company, Gary Wright, and Al Stewart - and how their new album is a departure...


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