In this episode, Electric Shock author Peter Doggett continues the tale of the first format wars with radio’s sudden mass market emergence in the 1920s and discusses three of the early superstars of recorded music: Enrico Caruso, Bert Williams and Al Jolson.
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In this episode, author Peter Doggett discusses his book “Electric Shock: Recorded Music from the Gramophone to the iPhone.” Peter explains how he came to take on such an ambitious project, why he started with the advent of recorded music rather than the advent of sheet music, the first format wars between Thomas Edison’s phonograph and Emile Berliner’s gramophone, the first recorded music superstars, and one unfortunate early hitmaker who found himself having to do a new recording every time a copy of his hit record was made.
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This week Nate is joined by author Adam Caress to discuss his book, “The Day Alternative Music Died: the Struggle between Art and Money for the Soul of Rock”.
In this episode, Adam makes the case that the death of Kurt Cobain led to an instant revision of music history, and attempts to remind us of what the actual state of “alternative” music was in the halcyon days of the early 1990s before “grunge” was codified as a simple to copy formula that was relentlessly promoted by the music industry.
In this episode, author Elijah Wald elaborates on the claim of his title "How the Beatles Destroyed Rock and Roll" and makes his best case for the role of the Beatles (and other leading musicians of their generation like Bob Dylan and the Beach Boys) inadvertently ending the process of synthesis and cross-pollination that led to the evolution of rock and roll.
This week, Nate is joined by author Elijah Wald for a discussion of his book “Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues”
In this episode, Elijah explains his ground-breaking revisionist history of the blues, why Robert Johnson was virtually ignored by blues fans of his own era and how he emerged as a legend in the 1960's and beyond.
Related: Elijah Wald on “How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'N' Roll”.
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.