Rank #1: Episode 13: Hard to Handle
From 'Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay' on houseboat just north of San Francisco to emerging as superstar at the Monterey Pop Festival, Otis Redding's story is one that ends too soon in familiar tragedy.
Rank #2: Episode 11: I Can't Explain
Welcome back! In our 11th Episode, “I Can’t Explain,” we will wrap up (for now) our excavation of the British Invasion. We start by taking a clear-eyed look at the infamous seaside “Riots” in the resort town of Clacton, United Kingdom and several other towns in the summer of 1964. The British press were WAY over the top in their depiction of these events, but they did document the first schism, the first big division in Rock music and culture: the traditionalist Rockers versus the Modernists, or “Mods.” We spend a little time on something we call Anti Rock. It’s a form of Moral Panic, and it’s something we will see more of as we move through the Rock N Roll years. Then we meet the first Mod voice in Rock (although they would probably smack you for suggesting it): The Kinks. The Kinks, in our view, never really got the props they deserve, and we talk a little bit about why. Then we move on to one of our all-time favorites in the Rock pantheon: The Who. They are fractious and fractured, insanely loud and auto-destructive—and utterly brilliant. We get to know the guys a little bit, and we feature some nice quotes from the Lambert & Stamp documentary, and the audiobook version of Pete Townshend’s autobiography. The Mod movement comes and goes rather quickly—it really only lasts a year or so—and The Who decide to break out of the Mod culture that defined them, and seek a new audience in America. The New York shows in early 1967 are a triumph, and The Who get booked at the Monterey Pop Festival that summer. Along the way, Pete Townshend makes a frenemy in London. The flashy, sensational guitarist Jimi Hendrix starts making big noise on the Soho club scene in the fall of 1966. Pete is, by turns, awestruck by Jimi’s talent, and furious at him for copping some of his ideas—and doing them better. There’s gonna be a showdown in California, at Monterey Pop, in July of 1967, where we close out the show. Put on the headphones, and take a ride on the Magic Bus. Turn it up, smash it up, burn it up! And thanks always for your comments, questions, and reviews! Please subscribe, rate and review and head over to Patreon patreon.com/rocknrollpodcast to help support our network of rock based podcasts For all our podcasts and to contact us visit http://www.rocknrollarchaeology.com Sound Sound provided by Jerry Danielsen and Busy Signal Studios
Rank #3: Rock n Roll Librarian Reads Robbie Robertson: Testimony
Shelley and Christian discuss this captivating memoir, written over five years of reflection, where Robbie Robertson employs his unique storyteller’s voice to weave together the journey that led him to some of the most pivotal events in music history. He recounts the adventures of his half-Jewish, half-Mohawk upbringing on the Six Nations Indian Reserve and on the gritty streets of Toronto; his odyssey at sixteen to the Mississippi Delta, the fountainhead of American music; the wild early years on the road with rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks; his unexpected ties to the Cosa Nostra underworld; the gripping trial-by-fire “going electric” with Bob Dylan on his 1966 world tour, and their ensuing celebrated collaborations; the formation of the Band and the forging of their unique sound, culminating with history's most famous farewell concert, brought to life for all time in Martin Scorsese's great movie The Last Waltz. Please subscribe, rate and review and head over to Patreon to help support our network of rock based podcasts Disclaimer: The views expressed here by Shelley Sorenson are made in her capacity as a private citizen, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the San Francisco Public Library or the City of San Francisco.
Rank #4: Reel Rock: A Hard Day's Night
In honor of the 50th anniversary of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” today we watch, rate, and celebrate The Beatles’ 1964 cinematic masterpiece “A Hard Day’s Night”, the film that turned jukebox exploitation movies into an art form. Join us for some insights about the production, initial reception, and its lasting influence on cinema.
Rank #5: Deeper Digs in Rock: Long Strange Trip with Amir Bar-Lev
A young rock n roll fan inspired by the liquid lights shows at concerts goes on to become an incredible Director and Producer, creating award-winning documentaries including 'The Fighter', 'The Tillman Story' and 'My Kid Could Paint That'. Christian sits down with Amir Bar-Lev discussing his four-hour film, 'Long Strange Trip' which will hit select theaters this Thurs. May 25th and begins streaming on Amazon Prime Video starting June 2nd. Amir describes how 'this documentary is a funny sort of middle ground between art and journalism.' This is the first comprehensive documentary to attempt to tell the story of the Grateful Dead. Executive-produced by Martin Scorsese - the film is for die-hard Deadheads, the casual Dead concert goer, those who just listened on the radio, those who know little to nothing about the band, and those who are averse to the entire sub-culture that surrounds the Grateful Dead. After watching 'Long Strange Trip' there are a couple questions that must be asked - is this the greatest documentary ever created about a rock band and is that band the most important American rock band ever, The Grateful Dead? Learn more about Amir Bar-Lev, find where Long Strange Trip is playing in the theaters here and follow the film on Twitter.
Rank #6: Episode 14: I'd Love to Turn You On
The second stop of the Far East leg of the Beatles’ 1966 tour starts out weird and ominous, and gets worse from there. By the time the tour sputters to a halt - late August in San Francisco - the boys are almighty sick of it. An offhand remark by John Lennon to a British journalist gets taken out of context and blown out of proportion. The ensuing controversy in America only confirms something The Beatles have been thinking for a while, and the decision is made: No more touring.
Rank #7: Deeper Digs in Rock: Solving the Mystery of the 27 Club
In this series from The Rock n Roll Archaeology Project, host Christian Swain goes behind the scenes, on the road and further explores subjects surrounding the culture, technology and music that make Rock n Roll the magic that it is! In this episode, Christian takes a break from singing in TinMan and hosting and producing multiple podcasts to sit down and read a book! Not just any book, but a very unique genre - a fictional Rock N Roll crime mystery. Then he sits down with the interesting man who wrote it- Chris Formant. About 'Bright Midnight' Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Ron 'Pigpen' McKernan, Peter Ham; all of them iconic rock stars, all of them dead at age twenty-seven. How could a group of great musicians all die at the same age? All evidence points to the deaths being unrelated, but were they really? Gantry Elliot is a relic of rock and roll era still writing for Rolling Stone magazine, covering classic rock and roll and struggling for relevance in the age of hip-hop and electronic dance music. Even though he's an encyclopedia of music trivia, Gantry can't compete with the new kids on the block and is now reduced to watching the clock tick down on his once dynamic career. But Gantry's vast knowledge may be the only thing that can unravel the Myth of 27. When anonymous packages start showing up at his office and then his home, Gantry initially shrugs them off as another Myth of 27 conspiracy nerd trying to get attention. As the clues became more intimate, more personal, more sinister, he realizes this is not a game: someone knows the truth, and the truth may put Gantry's life in serious danger. Aptly called, 'The Da Vinci Code for rock and roll fans', author Chris Formant has written a terrific debut novel that creatively and deftly takes readers on a dangerous cold case hunt to uncover the mystery behind these deaths. Truth or fiction, lies or conspiracy, 'Bright Midnight' will keep you guessing until its final chorus. Chris Formant, who got his start in rock and roll in his early “garage band’ days, never dreamed he would one day hold a seat on the Board of Trustees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Today he is still a student of rock and roll and an avid collector of rock memorabilia. As an executive in a leading global company, running a multi-billion-dollar business, Formant is the unlikeliest of authors of a murder mystery. However, the continued unanswered questions surrounding the deaths of our most iconic rock legends led Formant to first speculate and then re-imagine what would happen if cutting-edge technology were applied to these famous cold cases. By conducting research into the archives of the Hall of Fame, studying advanced forensics techniques and gaining creative insights from top doctors, FBI investigators and a former editor of Rolling Stone magazine, Formant crafted what is being referred to as the “The DaVinci Code for Rock and Roll Fans. As always, please subscribe, rate and review this podcast wherever you listen to great podcasts. Visit Rock N Roll Archaeology to find all our podcasts and please support us via Patreon
Rank #8: Reel Rock: The Film Career of Tom Petty
Host Andy King celebrates this recently departed rocker, who is 'Reel Rock Royalty' with a personal touch and still finds the answers to questions such as...
Rank #9: Rock N Roll Archaeology Episode 1: The Precursors
Why Archaeology? Because we intend to dig. This is an excavation and exploration of Rock n Roll. We start by asking: how does Rock n Roll affect the larger society, and how does the larger society affect Rock n Roll? We set a frame for our discussion: the years 1945 to 1995. The show opens in New York City at the end of World War 2. We discuss social, technological, and economic forces that converge in the early postwar years: the Baby Boom generation and its impact, the rise of the American middle class, technological advances in radio and recording. Find the Rock N Roll Archaeology Project at: http://www.rocknrollarchaeology.com/ Sound by John Michael Berry Happy Holidays and good luck and fortune in the New Year! Team RNRAP
Rank #10: A Long Strange Podcast: Act II
Discussing 'Long Strange Trip - The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead'