Bing Crosby biographer Gary Giddins joins host Nate Wilcox to discuss Bing Crosby’s incredible run during the World War 2 era.
The 1940s were a period when Crosby set still-unbroken records for single sales, won an Oscar for his acting, sang for a radio audience in the tens of millions and led Hollywood’s war effort.
The conversation focuses on Gary's second book on Crosby, "Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star: The War Years, 1940-1946."
Listen to part one of the conversation: Bing Crosby's Swing Brought Him Superstardom
Host Nate Wilcox talks to historian Erin Torkelson Weber about the meta-narrative of Beatles history. Weber is the first to apply the methods of modern historiography to the books about The Beatles in her book "The Beatles and the Historians: An Analysis of Writings about the Fab Four."
Join us for a lively discussion of the four major narratives that have dominated Beatles history: The Fab Four Myth, Lennon Remembers, Shout! and the Mark Lewisohn era.
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Author Alanna Nash joins host Nate Wilcox to talk about her book “Dolly: The Biography.”
Nate and Alanna discuss Dolly Parton’s humble origins, almost supernatural talent and precocious drive as well as Nashville’s reaction to the book, one of the first critical biographies written about a country superstar.
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Author Ben Merlis joins host Nate Wilcox to talk about his book “Goin’ Off: The Story of the Juice Crew and Cold Chillin’ Records.”
Ben tells Nate the story of one of the top hip-hop crews of the Golden Age and the record label that assembled and promoted them. They discuss the innovative producer Marley Marl, the great MC Big Daddy Kane, the wildcard genius Biz Markie, MC Shan’s feud with KRS-One and more.
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Gurdip Ladhar and Justin Gausman of the TCBCast join Nate to wrap up their discussion of Elvis Presley’s life and career based on Peter Guralnick’s “Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley” and HBO’s “The Searcher.”
Nate, Gurdip and Justin discuss the long, slow dissolution of Elvis Presley in the 1970s, the role of Col. Tom Parker and the work and accomplishments of the falling king.
Today Greg Prato joins host Nate Wilcox to talk about his book “Dark Black and Blue: The Soundgarden Story.”
Nate and Greg discuss how Soundgarden helped build the nascent grunge scene in Seattle, rode it to the top of the charts, broke up, finally reunited and only to endure the tragic death of singer Chris Cornell.
Dylan Jones joins Nate to talk about his book “Wichita Lineman: Searching in the Sun for the World's Greatest Unfinished Song.”
Nate and Dylan discuss how Glenn Campbell and Jimmy Webb two young men from the Midwest, created one of the world’s classic pop songs.
Host Nate Wilcox and author Stephen Tow discuss his book “London, Reign Over Me: How England's Capital Built Classic Rock.” The show covers how London suddenly emerged as an incubator of rock music in 1963 and nurtured trends from R&B to Psychedelia to progressive rock.
Chuck Haddix joins Nate to discuss his book “Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop--A History.”
Nate and Chuck talk about the corrupt Kansas City machine and how the vice it fostered produced great American music from Ragtime to Bebop, Count Basie to Charlie Parker.
This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
Author Josh Alan Friedman joins host Nate Wilcox to discuss his book “Tell the Truth Until They Bleed: Coming Clean in the Dirty World of Blues and Rock 'n' Roll”.
Nate and Josh talk about Jerry Lieber and his incredible song-writing partnership with Mike Stoller, their work with Elvis Presley, Atlantic Records, the Coasters and much more.
Let It Roll is a series of in-depth interviews with music writers like Ed Ward, Robert Gordon, Paul Trynka, Peter Doggett, Elijah Wald and more.