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.
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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.
Nate and Justin Bankston finish our appreciation of Tales from the Tour Bus season one with an interview with Jeff Feuerzeig, the scriptwriter of the Johnny Paycheck, George Jones and Tammy Wynette episodes. Full transcript after the break.
This week author Mark Blake returns to tell Nate more about his book "Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd.”
In this episode, Mark tells Nate about saga of Pink Floyd from pioneers of British psychedelia to kings of Prog rock and their succession of front men from Syd Barrett to Roger Waters to David Gilmore.
Nate and Justin Bankston appreciate the season 1 finale of Mike Judge's Tales from the Tour Bus, featuring undersung Austin music legend Blaze Foley.
This week author Dan Charnas returns to tell Nate more about his book "The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip Hop.”
In this episode, Dan tells Nate about the emergence of West Coast gangsta rap and the massive PR kerfluffles that followed the release of "Cop Killer" by Ice T's heavy metal band Body Count.
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.