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Ongoing History of New Music looks at things from the alt-rock universe to hip hop, from artist profiles to various thematic explorations. It is Canada’s most well known music documentary hosted by the legendary Alan Cross. Whatever the episode, you’re definitely going to learn something that you might not find anywhere else. Trust us on this.

Ongoing History of New Music Ongoing History of New Music

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Ongoing History of New Music looks at things from the alt-rock universe to hip hop, from artist profiles to various thematic explorations. It is Canada’s most well known music documentary hosted by the legendary Alan Cross. Whatever the episode, you’re definitely going to learn something that you might not find anywhere else. Trust us on this.

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    Another Look At Bootlegging: Part 2

    Another Look At Bootlegging: Part 2

    Once upon a time, I was deep into collecting bootleg recordings of my favourite bands…and this obsession came from a really good place…at least I thought so…

    I’d already bought all the albums and singles, collected a bunch of memorabilia, snapped up the t-shirts, and gone to all the shows…but I wanted more…the only place let to go was unofficial—read: illegal—releases…

    Almost everything I accurate was on cd…some were burned discs that I traded for with other hardcore fans…I might go to eBay once in a while…there were a few stores I knew that stocked these discs for special customers…and whenever I went overseas to certain countries were copyright laws were lax—Russia, Indonesia, a few places in the Caribbean—I’d be sure to visit the market stalls to see what they had…I honestly wasn’t trying to rip off or hurt anyone…I just loved these bands so much that I needed to own a copy of everything they did…once, when I talked about my bootlegs on the radio—probably not a smart idea—I got a letter from the head of a recorded industry organization calling me “morally reprehensible” …

    But over the years, these hardcopy bootlegs became harder and harder to find, thanks to crackdowns on illegal exploitation of intellectual property, the disappearance of these record stores, and, most importantly, the rise of online file-sharing…by 2008 or so, the physical bootleg market had all but collapsed…I haven’t acquired anything new for my collection for almost a couple of decades now…

    But I’ve never lost my fascination for this recordings…where did they come from?...how were they made?...who distributed them?...did they really hurt artists and the industry?...and what kind of legacy did old-school bootlegs leave behind?...

    I’ve found some answers to those questions and more…this is another look at bootlegging, part 2…

    Uncharted "Sneak Peak" - Episode 9: The Disappearance of Richey Edwards

    Uncharted "Sneak Peak" - Episode 9: The Disappearance of Richey Edwards

    Hey It's Alan...and I want to introduce you to my brand new, one-of-a-kind true crime podcast called Uncharted: Crime and Mayhem in the Music Industry. 
    On this podcast I take you inside unbelievable stories of murder, plane crashes, court battles, and even run-ins with the mob! In this podcast you'll hear all about the dark side of world of music.
    We're releasing new episodes every two weeks, so search for and follow Uncharted: Crime and Mayhem in the Music Industry wherever you get your podcasts. 
    I hope you enjoy this sneak peak of Episode 9 "The Disappearance of Richey Edwards"
    Episode Link:
    https://megaphone.link/CORU6081355392

    Show contact info:
    X (formerly Twitter): @AlanCross
    Website: curiouscast.ca
    Email: Alan@alancross.ca
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    • 29 min
    Another Look At Bootlegging: Part 1

    Another Look At Bootlegging: Part 1

    On December 24, 1877, Thomas Edison filed a patent for a new invention he referred to as a “talking machine”…for the first time ever, audio could be captured, played back, stored, shared, and analyzed…
    When asked what the point of his machine was, Edison listed some future possibilities….
    His phonograph (as he called it) would eventually be used as a method of preserving great speeches….it could also be used for making audio letters, giving dictation, a talking clock, a telephone answering machine, and remote learning…and way down the list was “reproduction of music”…
    That original talking machine technology has evolved greatly over the years and the “capture and reproduction of music” has moved way up on Edison’s original list of uses…the recorded music industry is now worth tens and tens of billions of dollars…
    But the phonograph also gave birth to a new type of music industry…when it first went on sale, copyright laws weren’t ready…they had been drafted and enforced with the printed word in mind, not with audio recordings…this meant that people began making recordings that weren’t exactly authorized in the proper ways…
    This gave birth to another industry, one that worked in the shadows of record labels, music publishers, performing rights organizations, and all the rest of the legitimate record music industry…
    What started with secretly recorded Edison phonograph cylinders progressed through reel-to-reel tape recordings, unauthorized vinyl records, cassettes, CDs, and digital files freely traded online…you may have some of these recordings in your collection—and you may not even know it…
    The original name of such recordings is “bootlegs”…here are a few things about them that you might wanna know…
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    • 30 min
    Rock Firsts By Black Artists

    Rock Firsts By Black Artists

    We would not be sitting here talking about rock music if it weren’t for people of African descent…if you start in the present and begin to trace things backward to important innovations and accomplishments, nine times out of ten, you’ll end up exploring something from black culture…
    And we can go way, way back—right to 1619 when the first slave ship arrived in north America at the British colony of Virginia carrying about 20 captives…
    Over the centuries that followed, the people of Africa, consisting of many different communities, nations, tribes, and cultures, were brought to the west by force creating wounds that have yet to heal… 
    But more than just bodies made the trip across the Atlantic…these were human beings with identities, history, traditions—and music…and these songs and rhythms helped sustain them during those brutal times…
    There were work songs, protest songs, satirical songs, songs meant to be sung in the fields and streets, songs that were games in themselves…some had regular rhythms while other contained syncopated beats from traditional dance… 
    Over the centuries, the music evolved, mutated, and spread…spirituals and gospel…blues and boogie-woogie…ragtime and jazz…rhythm and blues and bebop…and in the early 1950s, this music with its rich history and traditions was incorporated with country, western, hillbilly, r&b, and a few other ingredients to become what we call “rock and roll”…
    Along the way, there were many musical firsts, and landmark contributions by black artists that changed everything…without them, what we call “rock” today and so much of its culture would simply not exist…
    These people and their accomplishments need to be recognized; commemorated, and celebrated…this is an episode on rock firsts by black artists…
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    • 35 min
    UFOs, UAPs, and Rock

    UFOs, UAPs, and Rock

    I really, really want to believe…there are trillions of galaxies in the observable universe, each containing billions of stars…there’s gotta be something out there…we can’t be alone…
    Organisms floating in the acid clouds of Venus…remains of bacteria in the Martian soil…creatures swimming in vast oceans below the ice of Europa…something lurking in the methane lakes of Titan…and that’s just the start…
    Roswell…the “wow” signal…fast radio bursts…the possibility of a Dyson sphere around “Tabby’s Star”…hints of something on the hydrogen line frequency of 1.42 405 755 117 gigahertz…and now both nasa and the U.S. government have admitted that they don’t know what’s going on with those strange objects that have been buzzing the planet…
    Our culture has absorbed these mysteries and possibilities…and our music reflects that…this is UFO, UAP’s, aliens, and rock…
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    • 29 min
    Uncharted "Sneak Peak" - Episode 7: The Linkin Park Cyberstalker

    Uncharted "Sneak Peak" - Episode 7: The Linkin Park Cyberstalker

    Hey It's Alan...and I want to introduce you to my brand new, one-of-a-kind true crime podcast called Uncharted: Crime and Mayhem in the Music Industry. 
    On this podcast I take you inside unbelievable stories of murder, plane crashes, court battles, and even run-ins with the mob! In this podcast you'll hear all about the dark side of world of music.
    We're releasing new episodes every two weeks, so search for and follow Uncharted: Crime and Mayhem in the Music Industry wherever you get your podcasts. 
    I hope you enjoy this sneak peak of Episode 7 "The Linkin Park Cyberstalker"
    Episode Link:
    https://megaphone.link/CORU6081355392

    Show contact info:
    X (formerly Twitter): @AlanCross
    Website: curiouscast.ca
    Email: Alan@alancross.ca
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
3.4K Ratings

3.4K Ratings

Brettski553 ,

So Good!

Alan has been the King of all things Rock Related here in Canada for decades! Both passionate and knowledgeable about all topics involved. Definitely a must listen!

Willsherd ,

Amazing stuff.

Alan provides fascinating information that keeps us riveted and coming back for more.Keep up the great work!

iamsuperann ,

Just as good as I remembered

I used to love listening to this show on the radio. Sounds like driving home in the evening from visiting my mom. Alan Cross has the best voice and the smoothest delivery. I could listen to this show every day.

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