This week Ed Ward and Nate Wilcox talk about 1960, a year when the American corporate brass thought they had tamed the rock and roll rebels of the 1950s. We’ll talk about how Ray Charles and Sam Cooke took advantage of the opportunities presented to gifted performers who didn’t frighten the establishment and how to do that they had to overcome the market-driven production ideas of the big record companies.
We’ll also be talking about James Brown’s continuing struggles to seize the means of production, the Everly Brother’s move to Warner Brothers, and the Sun Records diaspora of artists like Roy Orbison who left Sam Phillips and went on to bigger & better things and we’ll be talking about what was going on in England around this time.
As always you can read more in Ed Ward's epic History of Rock & Roll part 1.
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.