In the first episode, we’ll be talking about the time period from 1945-1950. You’ll be hearing about the stroll, which was the main avenue of the segregated African-American city within every major American city. We’ll also be hearing about the independent record labels that put the music out, the relationship of jump blues, jazz, gospel, folk and western swing to the new music, as well as legends like Fats Domino, Hank Williams and Muddy Waters.
As always you can read all about it in Ed Ward's epic History of Rock & Roll part 1.
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.