33 episodes

An episodic overview of the history of Rock Music. Think of it as a college level Rock N Roll 101 course...or if you prefer, a multi-part audio documentary. We take in the music, culture and technology of the second half of the 20th Century to prove how significant and how much impact this art movement had to the times, while still resonating today. It’s carefully researched, fully scripted and highly produced...a little bit academic in tone, because we do our homework. But we throw in a lot of fun too: music, storytelling, commentary and quotes, lots of sound design. The series is presented in chronological order, and we take our time making these, really trying to get the history right. Rock N Roll Archaeology is the world's first HD Podcast and a proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

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    • 4.7 • 227 Ratings

An episodic overview of the history of Rock Music. Think of it as a college level Rock N Roll 101 course...or if you prefer, a multi-part audio documentary. We take in the music, culture and technology of the second half of the 20th Century to prove how significant and how much impact this art movement had to the times, while still resonating today. It’s carefully researched, fully scripted and highly produced...a little bit academic in tone, because we do our homework. But we throw in a lot of fun too: music, storytelling, commentary and quotes, lots of sound design. The series is presented in chronological order, and we take our time making these, really trying to get the history right. Rock N Roll Archaeology is the world's first HD Podcast and a proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

    Swifties: Beyond Beatlemania?

    Swifties: Beyond Beatlemania?

    To mark the 60th anniversary of The Beatles' inaugural performance on U.S. soil, we decided to do a quick compare-and-contrast. We’ll revisit that watershed moment in music and culture, and talk about something recent that actually comes close to matching that moment: the ongoing Eras Tour from Taylor Swift.
    Not “Bigger THAN The Beatles,” but in our not-so-humble opinion, “Biggest SINCE The Beatles.”
    Listen in and let us know what you think! www.rocknrollarchaeology.com/listen
    Producer and Host: Christian Swain
    Head Writer: Richard Evans
    Sound Designer: Jerry Danielsen
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    • 30 min
    The Wonder Years

    The Wonder Years

    The Soul of the 1970s. First, Marvin Gaye kicked the door open with “What’s Going On,” and then Stevie Wonder barged in.

    The Wonder Years spanned 1971 to 1976; when the transcendent, diverse talent of Stevie Wonder was in its fullest flower. That five-album span is one of the most successful and impactful creative runs in the history of recorded music.

    Our podcast offers immersive storytelling, insightful commentary, and a stellar musical playlist. Join us as we delve deep into the lives and musical genius of these iconic Soul-Music luminaries.
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7s4Vyw1FLb4XpJnANduFPs?si=14746e9dd53049b1
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Celluloid Heroes

    Celluloid Heroes

    Welcome back to Rock N Roll Archaeology! Got another RNRA Short Podcast for you. This one is named after the Kinks song “Celluloid Heroes.”
    Rock N Roll goes to the movies (and television) in this one. We’ll take a look at three shows that feature fictional Rock bands: the movies “Almost Famous” and “This Is Spinal Tap,” and the television miniseries “Daisy Jones & The Six.”
    Visit our website for more about this and all our other podcast episodes, and for links to our Patreon and Social Media. Keep up the Rockin’!
    Dramatis Personae

    Kellen Reiche played Danny Failson

    Lynly Ehrlich played Liz Limer

    Jerry Danielsen played Joe Conrad

    Courtney M. Anderson played Heller Joseph


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    • 42 min
    Disco Demolition!

    Disco Demolition!

    RNRA Shorts: Disco Demolition! 

    Take us back to the Distant Days of Disco, Summer of 1979. Steve Dahl, a brash young DJ at WLUP- FM (“Chicago’s Best Rock!”), has declared war on Disco. 

    On July 12, 1979, he took the fight to Comiskey Park, in between games of a doubleheader between the home-team Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. Things…got out of hand. 

    Since then, the “Disco Demolition” at Comiskey has achieved no small amount of notoriety, and at least according to Steve Dahl, it was a turning point, the beginning of the end for Disco. 

    Was it really? Well, yes and no. In our view, the Disco trend was already on the decline; it had pretty much run its course. But there was a powerful backlash to Disco, that’s undeniable. What motivated that backlash? And what was the fallout from the actual event? 

    Let’s discuss! For sources and show notes, visit rocknrollarchaeology.com !
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    • 34 min
    Radio, Radio

    Radio, Radio

    We want the airwaves, baby! Chapter 23 of Rock N Roll Archaeology tunes into radio and radio culture in America and elsewhere. There was a brief moment in the 70s and early 80s where FM Rock Radio was something pretty special.So what was that like, and where have all the good times gone? Some storytelling in this one, but it’s a little heavier on the commentary…and of course we’re featuring some killer songs, because that’s how we roll.
    “Begin the day with a friendly voice, a companion unobtrusive, Plays that song that’s so elusive”
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    • 57 min
    Diamond Dust (A Tribute to Jeff Beck)

    Diamond Dust (A Tribute to Jeff Beck)

    Remembering the late great Jeff Beck, the guitarist’s guitarist. An innovator and an iconoclast with a bold experimental spirit, Jeff left his unique stamp on hundreds of great songs.
    Songs

    Jeff Beck: “Diamond Dust,” from Blow By Blow

    Jeff Beck: “Blue Wind,” from Wired

    The Yardbirds: “Stroll On,” from the soundtrack to Blow Up

    Jeff Beck with Bones UK: “The Revolution Will Be Televised” from Loud Hailer

    Jeff Beck: “Freeway Jam,” from Blow by Blow

    Bill Haley and The Comets: “Rock Around the Clock,” single released 1955

    Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen: “Hot Rod Lincoln” from Lost in the Ozone

    Stevie Wonder: “Looking for Another Pure Love,” from Talking Book

    Jeff Beck, “Thelonius,” from Blow by Blow

    Jeff Beck, “Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers,” from Blow by BlowCredits


    Author Dennis Hartley voiced by Doug Herzog

    In Memoriam
    Chip Isaac tribute charity: Bay Area Border Relief. https://www.bayareaborderrelief.org/

    Podcasts

    Rock N Roll Archaeology, Chapter 21: Guitarmageddon

    Rock N Roll Archaeology, Chapter 8: Meet the Beatles, Part 2

    Deeper Digs in Rock: Bones UK

    Books
    Martin Power, Hot Wired Guitar:The Life of Jeff Beck, 2014
    Online Sources


    The Alchemist: RIP Jeff Beck – Digby's HullabalooJeff Beck's favourite guitar solos


    How Jeff Beck made Stevie Wonder go No. 1 with 'Superstition'


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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
227 Ratings

227 Ratings

lovebeutj ,

Best music history podcast and host

This podcast reminds me of my favorite college professor who taught history. I was entranced with every lesson because he obviously loved what he was doing and made me love it too.

Listening to Rock and Roll Archeology is a reminder that THIS is how history should be relayed: by an expert who tells the stories of rock and roll as if he had been there. Bravo to this excellent production. I constantly look forward to the next installment. Endless thanks to all who are involved!

JackZDrive ,

Bravo!

Seldom have I enjoyed a podcast as much as this one!

luckiesanddice ,

Best Podcast Best Host !

This podcast is a complete, amazing history of Rock and its impact on culture and visa versa. No one does it better ! Christian’s method of conveying the information is dead on. The podcast’s commentary on the music, the artists and no punches pulled views on both. I look forward to each episode and have listened to the podcast episodes numerous times and because it is packed with so much information, I pick up on something new each time. My favorite episode is Slouching Towards Bethlehem. It is a great story told perfectly ! Keep the podcasts coming ! I can’t wait to hear more !

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