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A collection of the greatest music stories never told. Music journalist and author Jessica Hopper takes the reins for season two.

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A collection of the greatest music stories never told. Music journalist and author Jessica Hopper takes the reins for season two.

    Song of a Gun

    Song of a Gun

    As long as there have been guns, there have been songs about guns. But American culture's relationship with guns is changing. Does popular music reflect that? We take a look at the history of music's relationships with guns, and gun control...

    • 28 min
    Beyond Disco: Nermin Niazi and Feisal Mosleh

    Beyond Disco: Nermin Niazi and Feisal Mosleh

    In the early ‘80s, two teenage siblings in London recorded an album that fused Pakistani pop and British New Wave. It became a perfect harmony of the two worlds they lived in. This is the story behind their lost masterpiece.

    • 33 min
    Imagining Billy Tipton

    Imagining Billy Tipton

    Jazz pianist Billy Tipton has been celebrated by some as a trans pioneer – but his story resists an easy telling.

    • 27 min
    More on John Fahey and Legacy

    More on John Fahey and Legacy

    As a supplement to our episode on John Fahey, we share a conversation between Jessica Hopper and Carla Green about artist legacies in the era of cancel culture and #MeToo.

    • 13 min
    Living with John Fahey aka A Room Full of Flowers

    Living with John Fahey aka A Room Full of Flowers

    John Fahey’s guitar playing influenced the sound of the American underground for generations. But how does that legacy change when you hear from three of the women who knew him best?

    • 38 min
    A Castle On Top of A Hill: The True Story of Fanny

    A Castle On Top of A Hill: The True Story of Fanny

    The rock band Fanny ruled the Sunset Strip in the 1970s, and they were supposed to be the next big thing. They explain the price women pay for being ahead of their time.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

AnthM ,

Great podcast

Loved episode 7 but every episode is interesting in its own way. Fascinating stories, great research and a great intro to sounds I’ve not heard before. Well done!

Cosmovitelli ,

This used to be a great listen

What I loved about this podcast when I first came across it was that it found a way to tell entertaining and moving stories about music in a surprising and honest way. But the recent episode about John Fahey might as well have been an article in the despicable U.K. paper The Daily Mail for its cynical attempt to exploit a talented (and most likely mentally ill) artist’s reputation to further a socio-political agenda. It was prurient and amateurish. Pretty much the only good thing about it was the episode’s ultimate failure to do trash a justifiably strong artistic legacy because of a stunted premise, lame journalism (starting with an agenda/limited research), and the snippets of extraordinary music born, in part at least, from a human being’s inability to maintain worthwhile human relationships. The exploration of these relationships was valid, the one-sidedness of the exploration, cheap. The patriarchy notwithstanding, if this programme were pitched about an artist without reference to gender it would never have been made. I have no interest in listening to radio where I understand the end of the programme in the first two sentences of its beginning.

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