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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.

Rock N Roll Archaeology Osiris Media


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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.

    Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon

    The fuse was lit in 1966. Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Keith Moon came together to record a proto-metal classic. After the session an offhand quip from Keith Moon sticks with Jimmy Page. 
    Then we meet The G; the imposing Peter Grant. Led Zeppelin’s fearsome tough-guy manager was a key reason why Zep dominated the rock landscape in the early 70s. 
    Well away from Swinging London, in the grimy industrial town of Birmingham, Black Sabbath comes together. We’ll also take a look at one of the greatest Jam Bands ever, Deep Purple. 
    Then on to probably the single saddest story in all of Rock History, the final days of Jimi Hendrix. 
    Jimi towers over all of it, the late, lamented godfather of Heavy Rock--Rock that centers around the guitar and celebrates blazing virtuosity on that instrument. 
    Gone but not forgotten: the Guitarmageddon explosion has reverberated way beyond the Seventies--all the way up to the present day. 
    Far more than any other movement or genre within Rock music...Metal, Heavy Rock, Jam Rock, pick your label...it’s got legs. It changes and grows, continues to reinvent itself, and it sticks around. 
    Still with us, still going strong, still powered by fans.  
    Voice Actors

    Jemma Sconce as Sophia DeBoick 

    Bryan Reesman as Gauntlet.com

    Tony MIchaelides as Martin Power

    Jerry Danielsen as Oxford Dictionary

    Courtney Anderson as Gregg Tate

    Peter Ferioli as Stephen Hyden

    Mistress Carrie as Consequence of Sound

    Charles Cross as Charles Cross

    Rich Price as David Fricke

    Dave Sloan as Jon Landau


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    • 1 hr 42 min
    Ohio

    Ohio

    Rock N Roll as the First Draft Of History
    We begin in the midwest college town of Kent, Ohio, in the late spring of 1970. We’ll meet three future rockers--students at Kent State University, barely out of their teens--who will be changed forever by what they witness. We’ll check in on Motown, where the fluffy pop “Sound of Young America” is still alive, but there's a big change coming, a movement towards a tougher, more topical sound. We’ll foreshadow that just a little--lots more to come in a later chapter. Rock N Roll is now Rock, and it is mainstreamed now, big and getting bigger. It set out to subvert the dominant paradigm, now it is the dominant paradigm. It can be downright paradoxical at times; defined by its own contradictions. We come back to the campus for the shattering events of May 4th. They inspire a unique musical response, something we really haven’t seen since then.  
    Written by Richard Evans and Christian Swain
    Hosted and Produced by Christian Swain
    Sound Design by Jerry Danielsen
    Voice Actors

    Holly Cantos as the voice of the Kent State Official History

    Dr. Stephen Arnoff as the voice of Prof. Charles Reich

    James O’Laughlin as the voice of Jimmy McDonaugh

    Eric Nash as the voice of Kevin C. Smith

    David Browne as the voice of David Browne


    Songs

    Randy Newman: “Burn On” from Sail Away, 1972

    James Gang: “Funk 48” from Yer’ Album, 1969

    The Stooges: “1970” from Fun House, 1970

    Rare Earth: “Hey Big Brother” single released in 1970

    Graham Nash: “Chicago” from Songs for Beginners, 1971

    Edwin Starr: “War” from War & Peace, 1970

    Eric Burdon and War: “Spill The Wine” from Eric Burdon Declares War, 1970 

    Frank Zappa and The Mothers: “Nanook Rubs It” from Apostrophe, 1974

    John Lennon and the Plastic Ono: “Working Class Hero” from Plastic Ono Band, 1970

    Jackson 5: “I Want You Back” Single released in 1969

    Marvin Gaye: “Inner City Blues” from What’s Goin’ On, 1971

    War: “Slippin’ Into Darkness” from All Day Music, 1971

    CSN&Y: “Carry On” from Deja Vu, 1970

    Neil Young & Crazy Horse: “Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown” from Tonight’s the Night, 1974

    Neil Young: ”The Needle And The Damage Done” from Harvest, 1972

    Elton John: “Burn Down The Mission” from Tumbleweed Connection, 1970

    Ten Years After: “I’d Love To Change The World” from A Space In Time, 1970

    CSN&Y: “Find The Cost Of Freedom” single released in 1970

    CSN&Y: “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” from Four Way Street, 1971

    CSN&Y: “Ohio” single released in 1970

    Led Zeppelin: “What Is And What Should Never Be” from Led Zeppelin II, 1969


    Books

    David Browne: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

    Bob Burroughs: Days of Rage

    Robert Giles: When Truth Mattered

    Todd Gitlin: The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage

    Chrissie Hynde: Reckless: My Life as a Pretender

    Jimmy McDonough: Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography

    Rick Perlstein: Nixonland

    Charles Reich: The Greening of America

    Neil Sheehan: A Bright Shining Lie

    Kevin C. Smith: Recombo DNA

    Hunter S. Thompson: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


    Online Sources


    The Cuyahoga River

    James Gang on Tour

    Port Huron Statement

    Jerry Casale at Kent State

    Kent State University Official History

    More Resources on the The Kent State Massacre

    Assassination of Fred Hampton

    Assassination of Fred Hampton--Gov’t Docs


    Podcasts

    WTF With Marc Maron: Episode 942, interview with Joe Walsh

    Deeper Digs in Rock With Christian Swain: Interview with David Browne

    Films and Documentaries
    The Murder of Fred Hampton, Directed by Howard Alk, 1971

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    • 58 min
    Episode 19: 1969 Part II

    Episode 19: 1969 Part II

    This episode is dedicated with love to the memory of our dear friend Dennis Gordon. Dennis was the big booming voice on our show “bumpers” that would begin and end each chapter of Rock N Roll Archaeology. Thank you Dennis, we miss you. May the Four Winds blow you safely home. 

    Welcome back to the second half of our big chapter telling the big story of a big year in Rock. If you haven’t done so already, we highly recommend you listen to Episode 18 before you delve into this one! 
    We tell the story of 1969 by telling the story of four concerts: The Beatles on the Roof, The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park was the first part. Part Two will take us to the peak, to the apotheosis of Woodstock...and to the abyss at Altamont. And we’ll go to some other places in between too. 
    1969 is the year Rock N Roll goes global, and we’ll get into that a little, and set up later discussions of great topics like Rock behind the Iron Curtain and the growing influence of Reggae and World Beat. 
    Then we’ll take you to Woodstock, and call off the roster, with lots of great music and commentary.  
    The first mythical Rock tour--the Rolling Stones ‘69 tour of America, is up next. That will take us to the final show of the tour, on a dark December night in California, where everything that can go wrong, will go wrong, and the consequences will be tragic. 
    We close out with some thoughts on the year and on the decade we’ve just completed, and on what comes next.
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    • 1 hr 57 min
    1969 Part I

    1969 Part I

    We’re putting down a marker with this episode, and the follow-up: the highest highs and the lowest lows of the entire Rock Era occurred in 1969. It’s a year so big, we had to cut it in two, in order to serve it up properly. 
    We start in January, with The Beatles on The Roof, a 42-minute outdoor concert that definitely warmed up the neighborhood of Mayfair, London, England. Then we catch up with their friends and rivals, The Rolling Stones.  
    The Stones broke out HUGE in 68 and 69, the beginning of an incredible five-year run: from Beggars Banquet on through to Exile On Main Street. Peak Stones, the sweet spot for the World’s Greatest Rock N Roll Band. 
    Brian Jones is out, Mick Taylor is in. We talk about how that happened, and how it impacted the Stones’ sound and attitude. Another influence starts seeping in: American Country Music, thanks to Keith’s new best buddy, Gram Parsons. 
    Brian’s tragic--and still unexplained--demise changes the Hyde Park Concert from a coming-out party into a memorial service. Emotion and conviction carry the day, and Hyde Park sets a very high and hopeful bar; it’s an early example of How To Successfully Pull Off A Really Big Concert. 
    During that “Moon-Crazy Summer” of 1969, NASA pulls off something really big. It’s the single greatest feat--so far--of human exploration: The Apollo 11 mission to the moon and back. We look at the moon landing through the Rock N Roll lens; we’ll talk about space travel, science fiction, and fantasy...in books, film, television, and most of all, in Rock Music. 
    Then David Bowie, with his lifelong knack for being ahead of his time, said take your protein pills and put your helmet on. 
    And we did. 
    And in just a short time we got used to it, became a little jaded about it. 
    That comes later. Here and now in the summer of 1969; stardust, golden, billion year old carbon...got to get ourselves back to the garden. 
    We’ll open Part Two at Yasgur’s Farm in upstate New York, and we’ll light a candle in the rain.
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    • 1 hr 39 min
    Bookends

    Bookends

    Chapter 17 of Rock N Roll Archaeology is bookended by a couple of Simon & Garfunkel albums: “Bookends” from the spring of 1968; and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” from January of 1970. 
    Our story takes place mostly in New York City: a city big enough to spawn two very different, very talented--and very influential--artists: Paul Simon and Lou Reed. 
    We skip work on a cold January afternoon to catch a movie: Mike Nichols’ “The Graduate.” It’s a generation milestone of a film, and Simon & Garfunkel’s music is a big part of that; what’s more, we argue, it’s a different kind of soundtrack, something new in film and popular culture. 
    We meet Tom Wilson, the first African-American staff producer at Columbia Records. Tom oversaw the first two Simon & Garfunkel albums. We follow him for a little while and he leads us to...Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground.
    We get to know Lou and the Velvets, and the scene from which they sprang: Andy Warhol’s Factory. We meet a Factory hang-around, an angry young woman with good reasons to be angry, but she takes it way too far, with tragic consequences. 
    And we’ll meet the first Punk Rock band: The MC5, and the revolutionary political milieu they occupied. Wayne Kramer of the MC5 has some things to say about that, and about a fateful MC5 gig at the Fillmore East.
     Finally, we’ll meet one of our favorite artists ever, who came from the same scene as the MC5: Iggy Pop. We say “Amen” to Iggy Pop. 
    We wrap it back around to Simon & Garfunkel, and their take on the anger and disappointment, on the turmoil of the late 1960s. An offer of comfort and healing is the first big Pop hit of the 1970s.
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    • 1 hr 47 min
    East of Eden

    East of Eden

    We start our tale of Paradise Lost in Buena Vista Park, San Francisco, in the fall of 1967. Hippie, the Devoted Son of Mass Media, is dead, and the San Francisco Diggers are conducting the funeral. 
    From the funky streets of the Haight we head east a couple miles to the Fillmore West, and meet a complicated man, concert promoter Bill Graham. It was during these early years in San Francisco that Bill created the rock concert experience. 
    Then a brief trip to Texas, where Janis Joplin cleans up and then heads back; to San Francisco to find her family. We get to know Janis a little better, and talk about her early work with Big Brother and the Holding Company--and what happened when Janis left Big Brother. 
    We’ll spend a little more time on the Big Picture. Politically, culturally, in pretty much every way, 1968 was a pivotal year, in America and around the world. 
    Then across the Bay, to the lands that lie East of Eden. We’ll meet two very different acts, that interestingly enough, have similar stories: Sly and the Family Stone, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. 
    We close it out with a short meditation on the aftermath of the Summer of Love. We still dream it and dance to it. 
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    • 1 hr 26 min

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4.7 out of 5
176 Ratings

176 Ratings

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