Today Ed Ward returns to begin a series of discussions on the second volume of his History of Rock & Roll: The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 2: 1964–1977: The Beatles, the Stones, and the Rise of Classic Rock This episode focuses on The British Invasion and rise of Motown in 1964 and America’s folk-rock and soul music responses in 1965.
As we get ready to start discussing volume 2 of Ed Ward's History of Rock & Roll, Nate Wilcox and guest Yuri Campbell look back on the first volume and the Let It Roll series covering it. We talk about Ward's cultural scholarship and what lessons we can learn from his method of studying music history.
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes world Beatles authority Mark Lewisohn to discuss his epic biography of the Beatles “All These Years Volume One - Tune In.” Mark and Nate dive deep into the Beatles signing to Parlophone records, debunking much received wisdom about George Martin, Brian Epstein and the Beatles, and revealing many never before known facts about “Love Me Do” and “How Do You Do It” as well as the battle over the Beatles first single.
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Host Nate Wilcox welcomes back Ted Gioia to continue their discussion of his book “Music: A Subversive History.” Nate and Ted talk about the less than perfect realities of the lives of the great composers. From the murderous makers of madrigals to the sometimes sordid antics of J.S. Bach to the very problematic Richard Wagner, Ted brings a very different perspective to the men we see as paragons of the establishment.
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes back Susan Whitall to discuss her book “Women of Motown: An Oral History.” Nate and Susan talk about the competitive yet familial atmosphere nurtured by Motown patriarch Berry Gordy, the backstage rivalry between Diana Ross and virtually every other woman at Motown and much more.
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Host Nate Wilcox welcomes author Steven Blush to discuss his book “American Hardcore: A Tribal History.” Nate and Steven talk about the angry, loud and disaffected scene of the early 1980s which managed to change the course of American culture despite the active opposition of the music industry.
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes fellow podcasters Gurdip Ladhar and Justin Gausman of TCBCast to discuss Peter Guralnick’s classic “Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley.” Nate, Gurdip and Justin talk about Sam and Dewey Phillips, Vernon and Gladys, Scotty and Bill and the infamous Col. Tom Parker and the amazing rise of a share-cropper’s son to stardom.
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes Shelly Sorensen and Christian Swain of The Rock N Roll Librarian to discuss one of the first best-selling rock biographies “No One Here Gets Out Alive” which titillated millions with its insider's account of the rise and fall of Jim Morrison and the Doors.
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes author James Kaplan to discuss his book “Irving Berlin: New York Genius.” James tells Nate about the legendary song-writer’s 50 year career from “Alexander’s Rag-Time Band” to "Annie Get Your Gun."
Today host Nate Wilcox welcomes author David Cantwell to discuss Merle Haggard and his book “The Running Kind.” Nate and David grapple with the factors that made Haggard one of the great country superstars but prevented him from crossing over to a broader audience the way Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson or Dolly Parton did.
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.