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Andrew Hickey presents a history of rock music from 1938 to 1999, looking at five hundred songs that shaped the genre.

A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs Andrew Hickey

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Andrew Hickey presents a history of rock music from 1938 to 1999, looking at five hundred songs that shaped the genre.

    Episode 134: “In the Midnight Hour” by Wilson Pickett

    Episode 134: “In the Midnight Hour” by Wilson Pickett

    Episode 134 of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “In the Midnight Hour", the links between Stax, Atlantic, and Detroit, and the career of Wilson Pickett. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

    Patreon backers also have a fifteen-minute bonus episode available, on "Mercy Mercy" by Don Covay.

    Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt’s irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/

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    Episode 133: “My Girl” by the Temptations

    Episode 133: “My Girl” by the Temptations

    Episode one hundred and thirty-three of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "My Girl" by the Temptations, and is part three of a three-episode look at Motown in 1965. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

    Patreon backers also have a ten-minute bonus episode available, on "Yeh Yeh" by Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames.

    Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt’s irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/

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    Episode 132: “I Can’t Help Myself” by the Four Tops

    Episode 132: “I Can’t Help Myself” by the Four Tops

    Episode one hundred and thirty-two of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “I Can't Help Myself” by the Four Tops, and is part two of a three-episode look at Motown in 1965. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

    Patreon backers also have a ten-minute bonus episode available, on "Colours" by Donovan.

    Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt’s irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/

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    Episode 131: “I Hear a Symphony” by the Supremes

    Episode 131: “I Hear a Symphony” by the Supremes

    Episode one hundred and thirty-one of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “I Hear a Symphony” by the Supremes, and is the start of a three-episode look at Motown in 1965. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

    Patreon backers also have a ten-minute bonus episode available, on "Rescue Me" by Fontella Bass.

    Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt’s irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/

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    Episode 130: “Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan

    Episode 130: “Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan

    NOTE: This episode went up before the allegations about Dylan, in a lawsuit filed on Friday, were made public on Monday night. Had I been aware of them, I would at least have commented at the beginning of the episode.
    Episode one hundred and thirty of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “Like a Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan, and the controversy over Dylan going electric, Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.
    Patreon backers also have a ten-minute bonus episode available, on "Hold What You've Got" by Joe Tex.
    Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt’s irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/
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    Episode 129: “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones

    Episode 129: “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones

    Episode 129 of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones, and how they went from being a moderately successful beat group to being the only serious rivals to the Beatles. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.
    Patreon backers also have an eleven-minute bonus episode available, on "I'll Never Find Another You" by the Seekers.
    Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt’s irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
124 Ratings

124 Ratings

elvinking666 ,

Exceptional!

Remarkable scholarship and knowledge do not detract from the joy of these podcasts !
How wonderful to hear the music that inspired the creative people who made these classics and the backgrounds of the artists!
One question-where is Arnie ‘Woo Woo’ Ginsberg today?

manchester barney ,

Fascinating listen

As everybody says this is a brilliant podcast. Only at the start but it’s setting the scene. Like the fact that Andrew never claims that he knows it all but I suspect not many people know more about this subject.
Every episode gives you something new but with a clear place in the history of rock.
I also like the way that you get artist you aspect but not always with the song you expect, songs you expect but not always by the artist you expect and then the outliers songs and artist that are not rock but set a ball rolling.
Fabulous

Pete Knobbler ,

Brilliant

Fantastic podcast, thoroughly researched. Essential listening if you have any interest in the music / culture of the last 50+ years. Don’t be put off by the word Rock, it’s so much broader than that implies *****

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