74 episodes

NAMM’s resident Music Historian Dan Del Fiorentino and co-hosts Michael Mullens, and Michelle Schedler examine the innovative creations, evolution of musical instruments, the changing world of music retail, music industry icons, and other topics covered in NAMM’s Oral History program. The NAMM Oral History program boasts over 4,000 interviews and is continually growing. For more information about NAMM’s Oral History program please visit https://www.namm.org/library.

The Music History Project NAMM Resource Center

    • Music
    • 4.8, 22 Ratings

NAMM’s resident Music Historian Dan Del Fiorentino and co-hosts Michael Mullens, and Michelle Schedler examine the innovative creations, evolution of musical instruments, the changing world of music retail, music industry icons, and other topics covered in NAMM’s Oral History program. The NAMM Oral History program boasts over 4,000 interviews and is continually growing. For more information about NAMM’s Oral History program please visit https://www.namm.org/library.

    Ep. 74 - Buford Jones

    Ep. 74 - Buford Jones

    Legendary Live Sound Mixer, Buford Jones has had quite the career. Spanning over 50 years and touring with artists including Pink Floyd, 3 Dog Night, David Bowie and Linda Ronstadt, Mr. Jones has some remarkable stories to tell and fantastic insight for fellow engineers and anyone in the live entertainment industry.

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Ep. 73 - Richard Sherman

    Ep. 73 - Richard Sherman

    Join Dan, Mike and Ashley as they put on their Mickey Mouse ears and celebrate award-winning songwriter Richard Sherman. If you have ever seen a Disney movie or been to one of their parks, odds are you have heard one of the many Sherman Brothers hits. In this episode, Mr. Sherman describes his amazing career with his brother, and discusses writing for Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, and arguably their most famous piece, “It’s a Small World (After All).”

    • 43 min
    Ep. 72 - Stray Cats

    Ep. 72 - Stray Cats

    Get ready rock this town with us and all three of the Stray Cats! Join Slim Jim Phantom, Lee Rocker and Brian Setzer as they tell the story of how they went from neighborhood friends to single-handedly bringing Rockabilly back to the record charts.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Ep. 71 - Andrew York

    Ep. 71 - Andrew York

    Grammy award winner, Andrew York is the topic for this week’s episode of The Music History Project. As a classical guitarist and composer, Andrew has toured the world and has performed with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Join us as he shares his unique insight on composing and playing as well as his recent passion of mathematics.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Ep. 70 - 20 Years of the NAMM Oral History Program

    Ep. 70 - 20 Years of the NAMM Oral History Program

    Join us this week for a very special episode celebrating 20 years of the NAMM Oral History Program. We reminisce about some amazing interviews we have conducted over the years including the very first one! We also chat with some current and former colleagues who have played such an important role in getting us to 20 years. We hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep. 69 - Allee Willis

    Ep. 69 - Allee Willis

    This week’s episode is dedicated to Grammy Award winning songwriter Allee Willis. She wrote/co-wrote such hits as “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire, the theme song to Friends “I’ll Be There for You”, the Broadway musical The Color Purple and the “Neutron Dance”. As a multi-talented artist, Allee enjoyed working with other performers to create art that expressed her views, emotions and gratitude of the arts. We hope you enjoy her fascinating interview as much as we do!

    • 1 hr 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

fivemountains ,

Kind of disappointing

The subject matter and interviewees are both incredible, but the hosts are very disappointing. The interview responses are not engaging, the transitions between interview sections are awkward and often seem to cut off interesting conversations, the research details are lacking, and so on. Trying my best to stick around but losing faith.

tr1999 ,

Great content, production needs improvement

As far as content goes this podcast is a must for any music lover. NAMM has done a wonderful service to the industry by producing this.

Unfortunately the final production needs some work. Pops and static are unavoidable on older interviews recorded on mag tape but these aren’t removed and sometimes blow your eardrums out (particularly on the Elvis episodes). Also while it is unsurprising that the original interview process did not emphasize recording the interviewer’s voice, the interview question is sometimes relevant and you have to turn up the volume to hear it, only to have your eardrums blown out again when the interviewees answer (or worse in one case when the closing theme song plays).

Given this is spoken content it is fine and should be very simple to clean up the recordings at the loss of some fidelity, to make the listening process more enjoyable.

All in all however, a great podcast!

GeetarHeero ,

Very informative!

Great insights into the inner workings of the music business and what shaped it over the years.

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