A History Of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs

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April 8, 2019  

Episode 27: “Tweedle Dee” by LaVern Baker

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Welcome to episode twenty-seven of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at LaVern Baker and "Tweedle Dee". Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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April 1, 2019  

Episode 26: “Ain’t That A Shame” by Fats Domino

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Welcome to episode twenty-six of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at Fats Domino and "Ain't That A Shame". Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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March 26, 2019  

Episode 25: “Earth Angel” by the Penguins

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Welcome to episode twenty-five of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at "Earth Angel" by the Penguins. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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March 25, 2019  

Apology — Next Episode Up Tomorrow

This is just a very quick apology, to say that the next episode of the podcast will not be up until tomorrow night. Due to my own idiocy, I just accidentally deleted the edited version of the podcast that I'd spent ten hours editing. I'll have to re-edit it. I'll have to do it tomorrow. Sorry.

March 18, 2019  

Episode 24: “Ko Ko Mo” by Gene and Eunice

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Welcome to episode twenty-four of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at "Ko Ko Mo" by Gene and Eunice. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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March 11, 2019  

Episode 23; “Pledging My Love” by Johnny Ace

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Welcome to episode twenty-three of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at "Pledging My Love" by Johnny Ace Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

Also, remember I'm three-quarters of the way through the Kickstarter for the first book based on this series.

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March 4, 2019  

Episode 22: “The Wallflower” by Etta James

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Welcome to episode twenty-two of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at "The Wallflower" by Etta James. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

Also, remember I'm halfway through the Kickstarter for the first book based on this series.

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February 25, 2019  

“Rock Island Line” by Lonnie Donegan

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Welcome to episode twenty of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at "Rock Island Line" by Lonnie Donegan. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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February 25, 2019  

Crowdfunding Update — Patreon and Kickstarter

This is not a proper episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs – there is a proper episode I've uploaded along with this. This is, rather, an announcement of some new Patreon rewards, including a bonus episode, and a new Kickstarter. They actually went up a week ago, to mark the twentieth episode, but I forgot to mention them here. If you're not interested, skip this and go straight on to the proper episode. If you are interested, there are links in the blog post for this podcast.

First, there are two Patreon rewards. I've created an ebook containing revised versions of the scripts for every episode, reworked so they work as essays rather than as audio.

Secondly, I've done another Patreon bonus episode, this one on "Cry" by Johnnie Ray. I didn't think I was going to have much to say about this one, but it turns out I do, and I think this is a rather good one. Check it out.

As I've said before, I'm not going to do a regular Patreon-only podcast until the Patreon hits $500 a month, but I will do these occasional special extras as and when the mood takes me.

For non-Patreon people, I'm doing a Kickstarter to turn the ebook into a physical book, and put both on sale to the general public. This will be the same text that the Patreon people have as their ebooks, but in paperback and hardback format. I'll do this with each twenty-episode chunk as they come out. Patreon backers at the relevant levels will get the book in those formats whatever happens with the Kickstarter. The idea is that this will eventually be a twenty-five book series.

I want to stress though, given that this is a bit of a beg for money, that the podcast is, and always will be, totally free, and nobody is under any obligation to give me a penny for it. I don't want money unless you can afford it.

February 18, 2019  

“Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and the Comets

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Welcome to episode twenty of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. Today we're looking at "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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