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.
Host Nate Wilcox speaks to author Stanley Booth about his classic "True Adventures of the Rolling Stones." Booth recalls knowing Brian Jones, hanging with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on the 1969 American tour and being on stage at Altamont.
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.
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.
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 host Nate Wilcox talks to Steve Bergsman about his book "I Put A Spell On You: The Bizarre Life of Screamin Jay Hawkins."
Nate and Steve talk about the creation of the Screamin Jay persona, the weirdness of Jay's thirty year career built on the back of a hit record that never charted, Jay's travels around the world, multiple career revivals and passing.
This week host Nate Wilcox talks to author Ted Anthony about his book "Chasing the Rising Sun" which unearths the history of one song from its roots as a folk song to the top of the charts.
This week author David Ritz -- rock's greatest ghost writer -- tells Nate about his memoir "The God Groove: A Blues Journey to Faith” and how a life time of loving gospel and R&B and getting to know some of the music's greatest creators led him to partake of their faith.
This week author Adam White tells Nate about his book "Motown: The Sound of Young America” and his co-author Barney Ales who was Motown's head of sales, collections and Berry Gordy's right-hand man for much of the 1960s.
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.