A History Of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs

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November 16, 2020  

BONUS: I Read The News Today Oh Boy — The Profumo Affair

This month's ten-minute extra bonus episode on news events at the time we're looking at is on the Profumo Affair, and how a sex scandal transformed Britain. Click through to the full post to read a transcript.

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November 15, 2020  

Apology for Delays

Transcript

Hi, this is just a brief apology for the fact that things are going a bit slow at the moment with the podcast. I try to keep to a weekly schedule, but recently I've been having a bit of a flare-up of some of my chronic illnesses, which has in turn meant that I've not been sleeping very well, and it's very difficult to write or research when I'm brain-fogged. This has meant that instead of a seven-day episode turnaround, things have slipped a bit, and it's now taking about nine days, give or take, to get an episode done, and has done for a few weeks now. I'm recording this week's episode tonight, and it should be up soon – possibly tomorrow, maybe Monday – and I hope this flare-up passes soon and I can get back to my normal working speed. Thanks for your patience.
November 5, 2020  

Episode 103: “Hitch-Hike” by Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye

Episode one hundred and three of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Hitch-Hike" by Marvin Gaye, and the early career of one of Motown's defining artists. 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 "Any Other Way" by Jackie Shane.

Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt's irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/

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October 26, 2020  

Episode 102: “Twist and Shout” by the Isley Brothers

The Isley Brothers

Episode one hundred and two of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Twist and Shout" by the Isley Brothers, and the early career of Bert Berns. 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 "How Do You Do It?" by Gerry and the Pacemakers.

Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt's irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/

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October 17, 2020  

Episode 101: “Telstar” by the Tornados

The Tornados playing their instruments in Joe Meek's small bedroom studio, while Meek stands in the middle of them looking at a piece of paper

Episode 101 of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs is the first one of the podcast's third year. This one looks at "Telstar" by the Tornados, and the tragic life of Joe Meek, Britain's first great pop auteur. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

Apologies for the lateness of this one -- my two-week break got extended when my computer broke down.

Patreon backers also have a ten-minute bonus episode available, on "Wipe Out" by the Surfaris.

Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt's irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/

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October 6, 2020  

BONUS: I Read The News Today, Oh Boy: The Cuban Missile Crisis

This is the first of a new monthly feature that will run alongside the main podcast -- once a month I'll be doing a ten-minute bonus episode looking at non-music news from the time we're covering in the podcast. These can be skipped if you're only interested in the music, but add valuable context about the culture in which those records were made. This month's is on the Cuban Missile Crisis. Year three of the podcast starts in a few days' time, with "Telstar".

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September 26, 2020  

Episode 100: “Love Me Do” by the Beatles

The Beatles playing at the Cavern in August 1962

This week there are two episiodes of the podcast going up, both of them longer than normal. This one, episode one hundred, is the hundredth-episode special and is an hour and a half long. It looks at the early career of the Beatles, and at the three recordings of "Love Me Do". 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 "Misirlou" by Dick Dale and the Deltones.

Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt's irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/

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September 25, 2020  

Episode 99: “Surfin’ Safari” by the Beach Boys

The Beach Boys in 1962: From left David, Carl, Mike, Dennis (on drums), Brian

This week there are two episiodes of the podcast going up, both of them longer than normal. This one, episode ninety-nine, is on "Surfin' Safari" by the Beach Boys, and the group's roots in LA, and is fifty minutes long. 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 "Misirlou" by Dick Dale and the Deltones.

Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt's irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/

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September 22, 2020  

Admin Note

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This is a couple of quick announcements.

Tomorrow or the day after, I will be posting two new episodes, both much longer than normal – episodes ninety-nine and one hundred. I just want to say in advance that these are very, very long, but that *will not* be the norm from now on. I know most of you like the episodes being half an hour, and that's going to continue. Episode one hundred – the end of two years – is an important one, though, and the bands I'm covering are important, so I've stretched out quite a lot.

After that, the podcast will be on a break for two weeks, before year three starts. I'll be using that time to edit the book version of year two.

I've also taken the opportunity to make a couple of changes to the Patreon. I've enabled annual memberships, so if you want to join and pay for a year up front, you now can. You get a discount equivalent to two months free if you do that – so you pay for ten months and get a year. You can still just pay monthly though.

Unfortunately, to do that I've had to set it so that *everyone* joining from today on pays on the first day they join, and then gets charged normally from the first of the month if they're paying monthly. That means that if you join today and pay monthly, you get charged today and then also get charged on the first of October – but then from every first of the month from then on. That's not my choice, it's Patreon's, so be aware of that if you're very short of money. That said, you do get access to all the past Patreon posts from the first day you join, including about seventy bonus podcasts, so you're getting something for your money.

Also, from October the fifth, the Patreon will have the option to pay in your local currency, rather than just in dollars.

Thanks for listening, and I hope you enjoy episodes ninety-nine and one hundred.

September 15, 2020  

Episode 98: “I’ve Just Fallen For Someone” by Adam Faith

Adam Faith

Episode ninety-eight of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "I've Just Fallen For Someone" by Adam Faith, and is our final look at the pre-Beatles British pop scene. 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 "San Francisco Bay Blues" by Jesse Fuller.

Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt's irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/

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