Host Nathan Wilcox speaks to cultural historian and author Jonathan Gould about his book "Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America." Nate and Jonathan discuss the America the Beatles found in 1964 and the whys and hows of their nearly instant mass popularity.
Today, music historian David Stubbs joins Nate to discuss his book “Future Sounds: The Story of Electronic Music from Stockhausen to Skrillex.” The discussion ranges from the first conceptual beginnings of electronic music in the European avant-garde to Stevie Wonder’s pioneering use of synths in the 70s to the conquest of the music world by EDM in the 21st Century.
Host Nate Wilcox interviews Susan Whitall author of "Fever: Little Willie John: A Fast Life, Mysterious Death, and the Birth of Soul" to hear the tale of a child star, soul music pioneer, a man many considered the most gifted of his generation, a peer of James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and his tragic imprisonment and death at age 31.
In our first ever two hour episode, host Nate Wilcox interviews "Tearing Down the Wall of Sound" author Mick Brown to get the story of Phil Spector, a man who had reached the pinnacle of the music world by age 23, went on to produce the Beatles and is now rotting in prison.
From 1970 to 1975 the Faces were a top touring act in America, packing theaters, then arenas and even stadiums but they were fated to lose their competition with Rod Stewart's solo career. Host Nate Wilcox talks to Faces biographer Andy Neill about his book "Had Me A Real Good Time".
Ted Gioia, author of "The Jazz Standards" and host Nate Wilcox discuss the songs that make up the jazz repertoire, how that differs from the Great American Songbook and jazz musicians stopped interpreting newer pop songs in the 1960s for the most part.
Also check out Ted Gioia on The Cool: A 20th Century Phenomenon
Host Nate Wilcox talks with Michael Azerrad about "Our Band Could Be Your Life" and how a wave of bands emerged from the hardcore punk scene and managed to reach an audience, record great music, endlessly tour the USA and forge legends in the face of complete apathy from radio and the record business.
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Host Nate Wilcox talks with Ted Gioia about the birth of "the cool" in the jazz scene of the 1920s and 30s, its explosion into the mass consciousness in the 1950s, its reign through the rock era and its eventual death at the turn of the millennium, drowned in commercial hype.
Also check out: Ted Gioia on The Songs Jazz Is Built On
Let It Roll host Nate Wilcox talks to Robert Christgau, the Dean of American Rock Critics, about his 50 year career reviewing records, the effort required to give music a fair hearing when listening is a work obligation, the evolving role of the critic in the music business and some of Robert's favorite artists from the New York Dolls to Lil Wayne. Rober's latest collections Book Reports & Is It Still Good To Ya? springboard the conversation.
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.