How the Music Biz Used the Death of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain to Revise Music History and Cash in on Grunge
This week Nate is joined by Author, Adam Caress, to discuss his book, “The Day Alternative Music Died: the Struggle between Art and Money for the Soul of Rock”.
In this episode, Adam makes the case that the death of Kurt Cobain led to an instant revision of music history, and attempts to remind us of what the actual state of “alternative” music was in the halcyon days of the early 1990s before “grunge” was codified as a simple to copy formula that was relentlessly promoted by the music industry.
Next week, Author, Peter Doggett, joins Nate for the first of two episodes discussing his book “Electric Shock: Recorded Music from the Gramophone to the iPhone”.
In this episode, Elijah elaborates on the claim of his title and makes his best case for the role of the Beatles (and other leading musicians of their generation like Bob Dylan and the Beach Boys) inadvertently ending the process of synthesis and cross-pollination that led to the evolution of rock and roll.
Next week, author Adam Caress joins Nate to discuss his book “The Day Alternative Music Died: the Struggle between Art and Money for the Soul of Rock.”
This week, Nate is joined by author Elijah Wald for a discussion of his book “Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues”
In this episode, Elijah explains his ground-breaking revisionist history of the blues, why Robert Johnson was virtually ignored by blues fans of his own era and how he emerged as a legend in the 1960's and beyond.
Next week, Elijah Wald will return to discuss his book, “How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'N' Roll” with Nate.
Hosted by longtime rock and roll fan and sportswriter Nate Wilcox, "Let It Roll" is a series of in-depth interviews with Ed Ward about his book, The History of Rock and Roll, Volume 1: 1920-1963. Ward was the official rock and roll historian for NPR’s Fresh Air for 30 years, and is a former editor of Rolling Stone, writer for Crawdaddy, and Cream.