This week author Mark Blake joins Nate to talk about his book “Bring It On Home: Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin, and Beyond--The Story of Rock's Greatest Manager.”
In this episode, Mark and Nate talk about the man behind the biggest rock band of the 1970s, Peter Grant, manager of Led Zeppelin. Mark goes beyond the legends of money, muscle and drugs and tells us about the real human being who fought for his clients and turned the music industry on its ear.
Come back next week when author Andrew Flory joins us to discuss Berry Gordy's Motown music factory.
This week author Ben Yagoda joins Nate to talk about his book “The B Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song.”
In this episode, Ben and Nate discuss the golden age of American song -- a time when writers like Cole Porter and George Gershwin wrote songs that worked on Broadway, on the radio, in dance clubs and as source material for great jazz and how that era ended after world war 2. It wasn’t rock and roll that almost killed Frank Sinatra’s career -- it was Columbia producer Mitch Miller.
This week author Jesse Jarnow joins Nate to talk about his book “Wasn’t That a Time: The Weavers, the Blacklist and the Battle for the Soul of America.”
In this episode, Jesse tells Nate about one of America’s unlikeliest million selling pop combos -- the folk singing, unabashedly left wing Weavers and their battles with the paranoid American right wing, all in the context of a pre-rock and roll 50’s when pop was at its all-time whitest and blandest.
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This week author Peter Doggett returns to discuss his book “Electric Shock: 125 Years of Pop Music.”
In this episode, Peter and Nate discuss the joyous music that dominated the years of world war 2 including Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and more.
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.