A History Of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs

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December 30, 2019  

Episode 63: “Susie Q”, by Dale Hawkins

Dale Hawkins

 

Episode sixty-three of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Susie Q" by Dale Hawkins, and at the difference between rockabilly and electric blues. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

Patreon backers also have a ten-minute bonus episode available, on "Shake a Hand" by Faye Adams.

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December 23, 2019  

Guest Appearance Announcement

Transcript

 

Hello. I am currently staying at my in-laws for Xmas without my recording equipment, and also have a cold, so apologies for how this sounds, but this is just a quick note to let you know that I recorded a guest appearance last year for a podcast, “So Here it Is”, about Christmas music, and it's gone up today. It's actually the first of *three* episodes about former Beatles' Christmas music that I guested on (as well as another episode of the show, which I appeared on last year), and I imagine these will be up over the next few days.

I've no idea if I made any kind of sense at all, as it was recorded over a year ago, but hopefully I did. You can find it at anchor.fm/holly-boson . I'll link the actual episode on the website.

Also, if you missed the announcement, I appeared on the TCBCast, a podcast about Elvis, last week. I'll link that on the website too, but it's at tcbcast.libsyn.com

Have a good Christmas if you celebrate it.

 

The links:

My appearance on "So Here it Is"

My appearance on TCBCast

 

 

December 22, 2019  

Episode 62: “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley

Elvis performing "Jailhouse Rock"

 

Episode sixty-two of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley, and at his relationships with Colonel Tom Parker, Leiber and Stoller, his band members, and the film industry. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

Patreon backers also have a ten-minute bonus episode available, on Santa Claus is Back in Town, also by Elvis, which ties in more than most to this episode.

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December 17, 2019  

Appearing on TCBCast

This is just a quick note to let listeners know that I've just recorded a guest appearance on the TCBCast, a podcast about Elvis, this week, where I talk about this podcast, classism in rock criticism, postmodernism, the Elvis Live on Screen tour, and various other things. The podcast can be found at tcbcast.libsyn.com or on whatever podcast service you use, and my episode is at http://tcbcast.libsyn.com/tcbcast-095-the-elvis-influence-feat-andrew-hickey

(I'd normally let people know this with a mini podcast, but I'm in the middle of packing to go away for Xmas, so this note will have to do)

And if you're here *from* the TCBCast, the episode on "Jailhouse Rock" will be going up on Sunday night...

December 16, 2019  

Episode Sixty-One: “That’ll Be the Day”, by the Crickets

The Crickets

 

Episode sixty-one of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "That'll Be the Day" by The Crickets. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

Patreon backers also have a ten-minute bonus episode available, on "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry

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December 9, 2019  

Episode Sixty: “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke playing guitar and smoking

Episode sixty of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "You Send Me" by Sam Cooke Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

Patreon backers also have a ten-minute bonus episode available, on "Little Darlin'" by The Gladiolas.

Also, an announcement -- the book version of the first fifty episodes is now available for purchase. See the show notes, or the previous mini-episode announcing this, for details.

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December 9, 2019  

Book Announcement

Cover of the book

Transcript

This is just a quick announcement that the book based on the first fifty episodes of the podcast is now available for purchase. From Savoy Stompers to Clock Rockers covers forty-nine of the first fifty episodes – I've replaced the episode on Bill Doggett with a version of the Patreon-only bonus episode on Johnnie Ray.
It's currently available in paperback (UK) (US) and ebook versions, and there'll be links to buy it in the liner notes to this announcement and in the notes to every episode going forward, or search on Amazon for my name and the podcast title. I'll be putting out a hardback version shortly, for those who prefer that.
Patreon backers at the $5 and above level have ebook copies already, and I'll be sending out their physical copies over the next few weeks. Thank you.
December 2, 2019  

Episode 59: “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” by Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis at a piano

Episode fifty-nine of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" by Jerry Lee Lewis. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

Patreon backers also have a ten-minute bonus episode available, on "So Long I'm Gone" by Warren Smith.

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