210 episodes

A podcast about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hosted by comedians Joe Kwaczala and Kristen Studard. He's a long-time devotee. She's a skeptic. Join them as he attempts to get her (and their guests) to care about this institution. Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

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    • 4.8 • 171 Ratings

A podcast about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hosted by comedians Joe Kwaczala and Kristen Studard. He's a long-time devotee. She's a skeptic. Join them as he attempts to get her (and their guests) to care about this institution. Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

    Who Should Be Inducted as an Early Influence? w/ Gayle Wald

    Who Should Be Inducted as an Early Influence? w/ Gayle Wald

    Author and professor Gayle Wald joins Joe & Kristen to talk about the weirdness of the Rock Hall's "Early Influence" category and where they might/should go with it in the future. Also, plenty of talk about Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the subject of Gayle's book "Shout, Sister, Shout!" This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Harry Belafonte w/ Judith Smith

    Harry Belafonte w/ Judith Smith

    Author & scholar Judith Smith (Becoming Belafonte: Black Artist, Public Radical) joins Joe & Kristen to talk about the life, music, and politics of 2022 Early Influence inductee Harry Belafonte. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.

    • 59 min
    Elizabeth Cotten w/ Robert Searing

    Elizabeth Cotten w/ Robert Searing

    Curator of History at the Onondaga Historical Association, Robert Searing joins Joe & Kristen to talk about the incredible life, work, and influence of folk singer-songwriter-guitarist Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten, 2022 Early Influence Rock Hall inductee. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Rerun: A History of the Early Influence Category w/ Elijah Wald

    Rerun: A History of the Early Influence Category w/ Elijah Wald

    A re-broadcast of our very informative 2021 episode with historian Elijah Wald all about the artists who have been inducted as "early influences." This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Why 1983 Was a Huge Year for the 2022 Inductees w/ Chris Molanphy

    Why 1983 Was a Huge Year for the 2022 Inductees w/ Chris Molanphy

    Chris Molanphy (Slate's Hit Parade) joins Joe & Kristen for a discussion all about the year 1983. There is no point that year when a 2022 inductee isn't strongly represented on the Hot 100. From the breakthroughs of Duran Duran and Eurythmics to the #1 hits from Lionel Richie and Dolly Parton and beyond. Pat Benatar, Jimmy Iovine, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Carly Simon, Judas Priest, even artists from Sylvia Robinson's Sugar Hill Records label all put out music this year. Listen in as we break it all down. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Remastered: Pat Benatar w/ Karen Kilgariff

    Remastered: Pat Benatar w/ Karen Kilgariff

    Back in July 2018, we talked to comedian/writer Karen Kilgariff (My Favorite Murder) about the eternally-snubbed Pat Benatar. In celebration of her 2022 induction, we revisit this episode with better sound quality, a shortened runtime, and the addition of song clips. Enjoy! This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
171 Ratings

171 Ratings

Dcr07 ,

I love this show

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this is an amazing show - full of humor, insightful and extremely interesting. I’m so glad I subscribed and look forward to new episodes. Keep up the good work!

SatansToast ,

Best RRHoFM Podcast

I was a little hesitant about this show at first, but I’ve become a convert. This is the best Rock Hall podcast out there. The hosts are smart

Mark Crilley ,

One of the All-Time Great Music Podcasts

I only discovered Joe & Kristen's gem of a podcast a few months back, but man I am already completely addicted. It's been a long time since I've had this much joy going through the back catalogue of a podcast of any kind. If you're thinking, "But I'm not so interested in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame," it honestly is not a prerequisite. Me, I'm more of just a music fan in general, but this podcast really ticks all the boxes for me; because each episode is all about evaluating the career and achievements of an individual band or artist, while hearing brief samples of their best songs. And since Joe and Kristen are comedians, you'll be laughing all the way through, first minute to last. The irony is that after you listen for a while, you'll find that you actually *do* care about the rock hall-- such is the infectiousness of Joe's enthusiasm for the subject. Don't miss this one; it truly is among the best.

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