Let It Roll

"Let it Roll" is a podcast about the history of popular music from the 19th Century to the 21st. Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

Music History
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Music Interviews
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New Edition & New Kids On The Block Perfected I...
Host Nate Wilcox speaks with Maria Sherman author of "Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS" for a discussion of the history of Boy Bands from Franz Listz, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles and the Jackson 5 to K-Pop. Most of the conversation focuses on Maurice Starr's 80's groups New Edition and New Kids on the Block and Lou Pearlman's *NSYNC and The Backstreet Boys. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
54 min
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Jimmy Page Before Led Zeppelin: Session Man & Y...
By the time he formed Led Zeppelin in 1968, Jimmy Page was a rock and roll veteran with years of touring, gigs as a hired gun session man and a member of The Yardbirds under his belt. He applied the lessons he learned in the trenches to form the mightiest band of the rock era. Host Nate Wilcox discusses Jimmy Page with author Brad Tolinski, who has interviewed Page more than anyone else alive. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
56 min
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How Willie Nelson, Doug Sahm, Stevie Ray Vaugha...
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes back author Joe Nick Patoski to tell us how musicians like Doug Sahm, Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Butthole Surfers kicked off the transformation that turned a sleepy college town into ATX, the home of Austin City Limits and South by Southwest. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
110 min
204
Chess Records Brought Chicago Blues, Rock & Rol...
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes Nadine Cohodas author of "Spinning Blues Into Gold: The Chess Brothers and the Legendary Chess Records" to discuss the storied label. They cover the Chicago Blues and Rock and Roll that earned the label much of its fame but focus much of their attention on Etta James, Fontella Bass and other legends of soul music who cut for Chess in the 50s and 60s. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
63 min
205
Gram Parsons' Disastrous Career Made Him a Legend
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes Gram Parsons biographer David N. Meyer to discuss Parsons' tragic life and innovative music. Nate and David discuss Gram's unique family circumstances, his beginnings as a teen rocker, transition to wannabe folkie, the International Submarine Band, the Byrds & Sweetheart of the Rodeo, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Emmylou Harris and Parson's tragic death. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
60 min
206
Wu-Tang Clan, Nas and Notorious B.I.G. Brought ...
Host Nate Wilcox and his cohorts Alexei Auld and Eugene S. Robinson discuss season 2, episode 4 of Hip-Hop Evolution "A New York State of Mind" which covers Nas, the Wu-Tang Clan and Biggie Smalls aka The Notorious B.I.G. This is the last episode of our first mini-series on Hip-Hop Evolution. Eugene and Alexei will be back to discuss the 3rd and 4th seasons with Nate later in 2021. Let It Roll is Proud to be a part of the Pantheon Podcast Network.
55 min
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Tribe Called Quest & De La Soul Led the Native ...
Host Nate Wilcox and his cohorts Alexei Auld and Eugene S. Robinson discuss season 2, episode 3 of Hip Hop Evolution "Do The Knowledge" which returns to New York to cover The Bridge Wars and Native Tongues groups like De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest. Let It Roll is Proud to be a part of the Pantheon Podcast Network.
63 min
208
Too $hort, MC Hammer, E-40, Digital Underground...
Host Nate Wilcox and his cohorts Alexei Auld and Eugene S. Robinson discuss the second episode of Hip Hop Evolution’s second season, “Out The Trunk: The Bay" which takes us to Northern California to talk about Too Short, MC Hammer, Digital Underground and a young 2Pac Shakur. Let It Roll is Proud to be a part of the Pantheon Podcast Network.
57 min
209
The 2 Live Crew, Geto Boys and UGK Come Out of ...
Host Nate Wilcox and his cohorts Alexei Auld and Eugene S. Robinson discuss the first episode of Hip Hop Evolution’s second season, "The Southern Way", which looks at the first Southern rappers to make a national impact: Florida’s 2 Live Crew and Texas’ Geto Boys and Underground Kings. Let It Roll is Proud to be a part of the Pantheon Podcast Network.
63 min
210
Ice-T, Eazy-E And N.W.A. Bring Gangsta Rap To T...
Host Nate Wilcox and his cohorts Alexei Auld and Eugene S. Robinson discuss the fourth episode of Hip Hop Evolution "The Birth of Gangsta Rap" which takes us from Schooley D in Philly to Ice T, Eazy E and NWA in Los Angeles. Let It Roll is Proud to be a part of the Pantheon Podcast Network.
61 min
211
Run-DMC, Def Jam and Public Enemy Herald The Go...
Host Nate Wilcox and his cohorts Alexei Auld and Eugene S. Robinson discuss the third episode of Hip Hop Evolution "The New Guard." The show focuses on the dawn of hip-hop's golden age and the emergence of Run-DMC, Def Jam Records, Public Enemy and Eric B. & Rakim. Let It Roll is Proud to be a part of the Pantheon Podcast Network.
64 min
212
The Sugarhill Gang & Afrika Bambaataa Put Rap O...
Host Nate Wilcox and his cohorts Alexei Auld and Eugene S. Robinson discuss the second episode of Hip Hop Evolution "From the Underground to the Mainstream." The episode covers the early New York rap battles caught on bootleg cassettes, Hip-Hop's move from the Bronx to Manhattan and alliance with punk as well as the first hit rap records, The Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper’s Delight", and Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock.” Let It Roll is Proud to be a part of the Pantheon Podcast Network.
56 min
213
Hip-Hop Is Born In The Bronx: We Dig Hip-Hop Ev...
Host Nate Wilcox is joined by Alexei Auld and Eugene S. Robinson to talk about the first episode of Netflix' Hip-Hop Evolution: The Foundation. The conversation covers DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash. Let It Roll is Proud to be a part of the Pantheon Podcast Network.
56 min
214
Yo La Tengo Surfed The Indie Rock Wave
Host Nate Wilcox and Yo La Tengo biographer Jesse Jarnow discuss the Hoboken band's relentless touring, massive repertoire and how independent radio, record labels and record stores helped them make Indie Rock as big as it ever got. Based on Jarnow's book "Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock" the conversation focuses on the circumstances that allowed a band this eccentric to attain a degree of mainstream success. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
59 min
215
Bing Crosby Ruled The 1940s
Bing Crosby biographer Gary Giddins joins host Nate Wilcox to discuss Bing Crosby’s incredible run during the World War 2 era. The 1940s were a period when Crosby set still-unbroken records for single sales, won an Oscar for his acting, sang for a radio audience in the tens of millions and led Hollywood’s war effort. The conversation focuses on Gary's second book on Crosby, "Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star: The War Years, 1940-1946." Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
52 min
216
The Beatles' Story Changes With The Teller
Host Nate Wilcox talks to historian Erin Torkelson Weber about the meta-narrative of Beatles history. Weber is the first to apply the methods of modern historiography to the books about The Beatles in her book "The Beatles and the Historians: An Analysis of Writings about the Fab Four." Join us for a lively discussion of the four major narratives that have dominated Beatles history: The Fab Four Myth, Lennon Remembers, Shout! and the Mark Lewisohn era. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
53 min
217
Dolly Parton Had A Vision Of Superstardom Beyon...
Author Alanna Nash joins host Nate Wilcox to talk about her book “Dolly: The Biography.” Nate and Alanna discuss Dolly Parton’s humble origins, almost supernatural talent and precocious drive as well as Nashville’s reaction to the book, one of the first critical biographies written about a country superstar. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
50 min
218
Marley Marl, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie & The J...
Author Ben Merlis joins host Nate Wilcox to talk about his book “Goin’ Off: The Story of the Juice Crew and Cold Chillin’ Records.” Ben tells Nate the story of one of the top hip-hop crews of the Golden Age and the record label that assembled and promoted them. They discuss the innovative producer Marley Marl, the great MC Big Daddy Kane, the wildcard genius Biz Markie, MC Shan’s feud with KRS-One and more. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
51 min
219
Elvis Presley: Decline And Fall
Today Gurdip Ladhar and Justin Gausman of the TCBCast join host Nate Wilcox to wrap up their discussion of Elvis Presley’s life and career based on Peter Guralnick’s “Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley” and HBO’s “The Searcher.” Nate, Gurdip and Justin discuss the long, slow dissolution of Elvis Presley in the 1970s, the role of Col. Tom Parker and the work and accomplishments of the falling king. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
108 min
220
Soundgarden Was The Alpha And Omega Of Grunge
Host Nate Wilcox and author Greg Prato discuss how Soundgarden helped build the nascent grunge scene in Seattle, rode it to the top of the charts, broke up, finally reunited and only to endure the tragic death of singer Chris Cornell. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
58 min
221
Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb And The Greatness Of ...
Host Nate Wilcox and author Dylan Jones discuss how Glenn Campbell and Jimmy Webb, two young men from the Midwest, created one of the world’s classic pop songs. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
48 min
222
London Nurtured Classic Rock, Prog Rock, Blues ...
Nate and Stephen discuss how London suddenly emerged as an incubator of rock music in 1963 and nurtured trends from R&B to Psychedelia to progressive rock. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
60 min
223
Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Big Joe Turner: Ho...
Today Chuck Haddix joins Nate to discuss his book “Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop--A History.” Nate and Chuck talk about the corrupt Kansas City machine and how the vice it fostered produced great American music from Ragtime to Bebop, Count Basie to Charlie Parker. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
63 min
224
Lieber & Stoller Wrote Songs, Produced Records ...
Josh Alan Friedman joins Nate to discuss his book “Tell the Truth Until They Bleed: Coming Clean in the Dirty World of Blues and Rock 'n' Roll”. Nate and Josh talk about Jerry Lieber and his incredible song-writing partnership with Mike Stoller, their work with Elvis Presley, Atlantic Records, the Coasters and much more. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
59 min
225
AC/DC Perfected Hard Rock While Flirting With Punk
Author Joe Bonomo returns to discuss his 33 ⅓ book on AC/DC’s Highway To Hell with Nate Wilcox. Nate and Joe talk about the Aussie band’s mastery of the hard rock format, the tragic death of Bon Scott, the band’s early association with punk rock and how and why they chose to distance themselves from that movement, producer Mutt Lange and much more. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
54 min
226
What Have We Learned From Ed Ward's History of ...
Today special guest scholar and musician Yuri Campbell returns to review the key lessons we learned from Nate’s discussions with Ed Ward about his book “The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 2: 1964-1977 The Beatles, The Stones and the Rise of Classic Rock” This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
75 min
227
The Beatles As The End Of Rock & Roll: What Hav...
Special guest scholar and musician Yuri Campbell returns to review the key lessons we learned from Nate’s discussion with Elijah Wald about his book “How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music” Nate and Yuri evaluate Wald’s revisionist history of the evolution of popular music in the 20th century and his claim that Paul Whiteman was the Beatles of the 1920s or rather that the Beatles were the Paul Whiteman of the 1960s. Visit our sponsor Adam & Eve for 50% off almost any item, get tons of free gifts AND receive free shipping. Just go to adamandeve.com and type “LIRPOD” at checkout. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
56 min
228
Robert Johnson Revised: What Have We Learned Fr...
Today special guest scholar and musician Yuri Campbell returns, to review the key lessons we learned from Nate’s discussion with Elijah Wald about his book Escaping The Delta: Robert Johnson & the Invention of the Blues.” Nate and Yuri evaluate Wald’s boldly revisionist take on Robert Johnson and debate whether or not Wald succeeded in re-assessing Johnson from the perspective of his peers and contemporaries in contrast with the romantic myth of Johnson long propagated in the folk & rock communities. Visit our sponsor Adam & Eve for 50% off almost any item, get tons of free gifts AND receive free shipping. Just go to adamandeve.com and type “LIRPOD” at checkout. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
55 min
229
The Pre-Punk Seventies: Ed Ward's History Of Ro...
Ed Ward and host Nate Wilcox talk about the bloating of the music biz in the early 70s and the feeling that everyone was waiting on something to happen, Bob Dylan vs David Geffen, the New York Dolls at the Mercer Arts Center and the collapse of Stax Records. Visit our sponsor Adam & Eve for 50% off almost any item, get tons of free gifts AND receive free shipping. Just go to adamandeve.com and type “LIRPOD” at checkout. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
60 min
230
Hard Rock Vs. Soft Rock, AM Vs. FM: Ed Ward's H...
In this episode, Ed Ward and Nate talk about the splits between AM and FM, hard rock and soft rock and John, Paul, George and Ringo. Visit our sponsor Adam & Eve for 50% off almost any item, get tons of free gifts AND receive free shipping. Just go to adamandeve.com and type “LIRPOD” at checkout. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
61 min
231
The Birth Of Reggae & The Funk Revolution: Ed W...
Ed Ward and host Nate Wilcox go into the origins of reggae in Jamaica and survey the funk scene as it stood when James Brown was king and Sly Stone was emerging as his biggest rival. Visit our sponsor Adam & Eve for 50% off almost any item, get tons of free gifts AND receive free shipping. Just go to adamandeve.com and type “LIRPOD” at checkout. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
57 min
232
The Invention of 'The Sixties': Ed Ward's Histo...
Ed Ward returns to tell host Nathan Wilcox about 1969, Woodstock and the invention of “the sixties.” Visit our sponsor Adam & Eve for 50% off almost any item, get tons of free gifts AND receive free shipping. Just go to adamandeve.com and type “LIRPOD” at checkout. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
45 min
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1968 Rock, Riot, Revolution: Ed Ward's History ...
Ed Ward and host Nate Wilcox discuss 1968: the year of riots and revolution, the year of newcomers like Led Zeppelin and Sly & the Family Stone and The Band who led a musical counter-revolution. Visit our sponsor Adam & Eve for 50% off almost any item, get tons of free gifts AND receive free shipping. Just go to adamandeve.com and type “LIRPOD” at checkout. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
60 min
234
Otis Redding Meets The Love Crowd: Ed Ward's Hi...
Today Ed Ward and host Nate Wilcox talk about 1967, the year of Monterey Pop, when the Beatles lost Brian Epstein and gained the Maharishi, Brian Wilson blew it and Otis Redding died. Visit our sponsor Adam & Eve for 50% off almost any item, get tons of free gifts AND receive free shipping. Just go to adamandeve.com and type “LIRPOD” at checkout. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
78 min
235
Bob Dylan Rocks Folk: Ed Ward's History of Rock...
Ed Ward returns to talk with host Nate Wilcox about rock & roll's second miracle year when America responded to the Beatles by blending folk and blues with rock & roll. They discuss how Michael Bloomfield electrified Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys making Pet Sounds, Stax hitting its stride, James Brown getting funky, the Beatles dropping acid and the beginnings of the San Francisco scene. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
74 min
236
The Beatles Invade And The Rolling Stones Follo...
Ed Ward is back to continue his telling of the history of Rock & Roll. This episode focuses on The Beatles' conquest of America, the other British bands that followed in their wake and the American response headed up by Motown and James Brown. Visit our sponsor Adam & Eve for 50% off almost any item, get tons of free gifts AND receive free shipping. Just go to adamandeve.com and type “LIRPOD” at checkout. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
55 min
237
What Have We Learned From Ed Ward's History of ...
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. Visit our sponsor Adam & Eve for 50% off almost any item, get tons of free gifts AND receive free shipping. Just go to adamandeve.com and type “LIRPOD” at checkout. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
69 min
238
How The Beatles Got Signed
Nate 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 for the Beatles first single. Visit our sponsor Adam & Eve for 50% off almost any item, get tons of free gifts AND receive free shipping. Just go to adamandeve.com and type “LIRPOD” at checkout. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
56 min
239
The Subversive Side of Classical Music
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. Visit our sponsor Adam & Eve for 50% off almost any item, get tons of free gifts AND receive free shipping. Just go to adamandeve.com and type “LIRPOD” at checkout. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
59 min
240
The Women Who Built Berry Gordy's Motown Empire
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. Visit our sponsor Adam & Eve for 50% off almost any item, get tons of free gifts AND receive free shipping. Just go to adamandeve.com and type “LIRPOD” at checkout. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
63 min
241
Hardcore Punk Ignored Corporate America
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. Visit our sponsor Adam & Eve for 50% off almost any item, get tons of free gifts AND receive free shipping. Just go to adamandeve.com and type “LIRPOD” at checkout. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
70 min
242
How Elvis Presley Rose To The Top
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. Visit our sponsor Adam & Eve for 50% off almost any item, get tons of free gifts AND receive free shipping. Just go to adamandeve.com and type “LIRPOD” at checkout. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
72 min
243
The Jim Morrison Biography That Kicked Off The ...
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. Visit our sponsor Adam & Eve for 50% off almost any item, get tons of free gifts AND receive free shipping. Just go to adamandeve.com and type “LIRPOD” at checkout. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
62 min
244
Irving Berlin Defined American Music
Nate 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." This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
54 min
245
Politics Boxed Merle Haggard Out Of Crossover S...
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 pop audience the way Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson or Dolly Parton did. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
52 min
246
Bing Crosby's Swing Brought Him Superstardom
Host Nate Wilcox talks to Bing Crosby biographer Gary Giddins about Bing Crosby's jazz credentials, his rise to fame with Paul Whiteman, his conquest of radio, early days in Hollywood and mastery of the microphone. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
54 min
247
The Devil, Daniel Johnston and Documentary Film
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes back Jeff Feuerzeig the director of “The Devil and Daniel Johnston”, to discuss the late singer-songwriter and Austin, Texas legend, the line between genius and madness, the lo-fi movement and the making of one of the all-time great rock documentaries. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
62 min
248
Buck Owens Conquered the Country Music Business
Host Nate Wilcox interviews Randy Poe, the man who edited Buck Owens' autobiography. They discuss Buck's golden run of great country hits in the 1960s, his incredible business acumen, his place in the Okie diaspora and more. Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network.
59 min
249
We Dig Mike Judge's Tales From The Tour Bus: RJ...
Nate and Justin interview James Brown biographer R.J. Smith about his involvement in the creation of Mike Judge's Tales from the Tour Bus Check out all the great Podcasts over on Pantheon.
31 min
250
Pop Music's Past Is Crowding Out Its Present
Host Nate Wilcox and Simon Reynolds look at "Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past" almost a decade after publication of Reynolds' "Retromania." Part of The Pantheon Podcast Network.
58 min
251
Betty Davis: We Dig Mike Judge's Tales From The...
Hosts Nate Wilcox and Justin Bankston discuss Mike Judge's brilliant Tales from the Tour Bus season 2: Funk. This episode covers Betty Davis, muse of Miles Davis and a funk queen in her own right. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
41 min
252
Morris Day: We Dig Mike Judge's Tales From The ...
Hosts Nate Wilcox and Justin Bankston discuss Mike Judge's brilliant Tales from the Tour Bus season 2: Funk. This episode covers Morris Day, leader of The Time and rival to Prince himself. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
35 min
253
James Brown: We Dig Mike Judge's Tales From The...
Hosts Nate Wilcox and Justin Bankston discuss Mike Judge's brilliant Tales from the Tour Bus season 2: Funk. This episode covers The Godfather of Funk, James Brown. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
46 min
254
Bootsy Collins: We Dig Mike Judge's Tales From ...
Hosts Nate Wilcox and Justin Bankston discuss Mike Judge's brilliant Tales from the Tour Bus season 2: Funk. This episode covers funk bassist Bootsy Collins. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
40 min
255
Rick James: We Dig Mike Judge's Tales From The ...
Hosts Nate Wilcox and Justin Bankston discuss Mike Judge's brilliant Tales from the Tour Bus season 2: Funk. This episode covers the two-parter on punk funk king Rick James. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
47 min
256
George Clinton: We Dig Mike Judge's Tales From ...
Hosts Nate Wilcox and Justin Bankston discuss Mike Judge's brilliant Tales from the Tour Bus season 2: Funk. This episode features legendary P-Funk leader George Clinton. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
37 min
257
The History of Music is Subversive, Not Respect...
Ted Gioia returns to discuss his latest book ”Music: A Subversive History.” Ted and Nate discuss the tension between the social outsiders who’ve always been the source of musical innovation and the mainstream academicians who borrow their ideas.
56 min
258
Grunge Exploded Out of Seattle and Fell Back to...
Host Nate Wilcox and grunge oral historian Mark Yarm discuss the incredible rise and brutal fall of grunge, the blend of punk and metal that finally put alternative rock on the top of the charts. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
71 min
259
Emperor Moguls of Rap: Dr Dre, Diddy and Jay-Z
Forbes senior Editor Zack O’Malley Greenburg joins host Nate Wilcox to discuss his book “3 Kings: Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, and Hip-Hop's Multibillion-Dollar Rise.” They talk about how hip hop’s 90’s boom produced three of the wealthiest music entrepreneurs since Barry Gordy. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
52 min
260
America Awaited the Beatles
Host Nathan Wilcox speaks to cultural historian and "Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America" author Jonathan Gould about the America the Beatles found in 1964 and the whys and hows of their nearly instant mass popularity. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
73 min
261
Electronic Music From the Avant Garde to Top of...
Today, music historian David Stubbs joins Nate to discuss his book “Future Sounds: The Story of Electronic Music from Stockhausen to Skrillex.” The discussion ranges from the first conceptual beginnings of electronic music in the European avant-garde to Stevie Wonder’s pioneering use of synths in the 70s to the conquest of the music world by EDM in the 21st Century. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
62 min
262
The Tragic Legend of Little Willie John
The most gifted of the original generation of soul singers, covered by Elvis and the Beatles, Little Willie John couldn't get out of his own way. Host Nate Wilcox gets the tragic tale from biographer Susan Whitall. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
65 min
263
The Rise & Fall of Phil Spector
In our first ever two hour episode, host Nate Wilcox interviews Mick Brown to get the story of Phil Spector, a man who had reached the pinnacle of the music world by age 23, went on to produce the Beatles and is now rotting in prison. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
121 min
264
Rod Stewart & the Faces: A Complicated Alliance
From 1970 to 1975 the Faces were a top touring act in America, packing theaters, then arenas and even stadiums but they were fated to lose their competition with Rod Stewart's solo career. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
61 min
265
The Songs Jazz is Built On
In this episode, host Nate Wilcox and jazz enthusiast Ted Gioia review the quintessential artists and records in American jazz music and discuss the dynamic evolution of jazz with respect to other genres.
58 min
266
The Rolling Stones Road to Altamont
In this episode, author Stanley Booth and Nate Wilcox discuss Booth's experience with the Rolling Stones on their 1969 tour in the U.S., including their infamous concert at Altamont.
57 min
267
The Indie Underground of the 80's from Black Fl...
In this episode, Nate and author Michael Azerrad discuss hardcore punk and its popularity in the U.S. despite the genre's famed indifference to mass appeal and commercial success; this and other elements of the '80s underground indie scene are detailed in Azerrad's book, "Our Band Could Be Your Life".
56 min
268
The Cool: A 20th Century Phenomenon
In this episode, Nate and author Ted Gioia discuss the rise and reign of the concept of The Cool in American music over the course of the twentieth century.
51 min
269
Robert Christgau on the Role of the Rock Critic
Host Nate Wilcox and author and music critic Robert Christgau discuss the development and current role of rock criticism and talk about important American musical influences, as well as the streaming-era criticism of music.
55 min
270
Screamin Jay Hawkins Put a Spell On the Music Biz
In this episode, host Nate Wilcox and author Steve Bergsman discuss the life, career, and death of singer Screamin' Jay Hawkin as detailed in Bergsman's book, "I Put A Spell On You: The Bizarre Life of Screamin Jay Hawkins."
56 min
271
House of the Rising Sun Before Bob Dylan And Af...
Nate and author Ted Anthony discuss the conception of the song that came to be known as "House of the Rising Sun"; the song's full history is detailed in this episode and in Anthony's book, "Chasing the Rising Sun".
51 min
272
Writing the Life Stories of Ray Charles, Marvin...
In this episode, Nate and author David Ritz take a look at American gospel and R&B while discussing the faith that inspired some of the genres' most significant artists and contributors.
58 min
273
Barney Ales Helped Berry Gordy Build the Motown...
In this episode, Nate Wilcox and author Adam White discuss Motown Records executive Barney Ales and his contributions to the legendary record label as outlined in White's book, "Motown: The Sound of Young America”.
48 min
274
We Dig Mike Judge's Tales From The Tour Bus: In...
In this episode, Nate and Justin Bankston cap off the Tales from the Tour Bus miniseries with an exclusive interview with one of the show's producers, Jeff Feuerzeig.
36 min
275
Which One's Pink (Floyd)?
Host Nate Wilcox and author Mark Blake discuss the rise and lasting influence of legendary progressive rock band Pink Floyd.
59 min
276
Blaze Foley: We Dig Mike Judge's Tales From The...
In this episode, host Nate Wilcox and Justin Bankston discuss Blaze Foley, a relatively little-known country singer who was based in Austin, Texas.
38 min
277
Time Warner Can't Handle The Ice-T Cop Killer B...
In this episode, Nate and returning guest author Dan Charnas discuss the rise of West Coast hip-hop and the controversy surrounding the genre sparked by particular artists like Ice-T.
48 min
278
Waylon Jennings: We Dig Mike Judge's Tales From...
The latest episode of the Let It Roll mini-series on Mike Judge's Tales from the Tour Bus features Nate and Justin discussing the show's episode on country legend Waylon Jennings.
48 min
279
James Brown Hits The One
In this episode, author RJ Smith and Nate Wilcox discuss James Brown's rise to musical success and his lasting influence on funk and popular music.
56 min
280
Billy Joe Shaver: We Dig Mike Judge's Tales Fro...
In this episode, host Nate Wilcox and returning guest Justin Bankston discuss Billy Joe Shaver, the infamous country songwriter.
37 min
281
John, Paul, George & Ringo Couldn't Escape The ...
In this Episode, returning guest Peter Doggett and host Nate Wilcox discuss the alluring circumstances surrounding the Beatles' careers after their breakup
57 min
282
George Jones & Tammy Wynette: We Dig Mike Judge...
In this episode of Let it Roll: Tales from the Tour Bus, host Nate Wilcox and Justin Bankston discuss country legends Tammy Wynette and George Jones and the circumstances between them.
46 min
283
The Grateful Dead Builds Psychedelic America
Nate Wilcox and returning guest author Jesse Jarnow discuss the Grateful Dead and the culture surrounding psychedelia after to '60s as detailed in Jarnow's book, “Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America”.
66 min
284
Jerry Lee Lewis: We Dig Mike Judge's Tales From...
In the second episode discussing Mike Judge's Tales From the Tour Bus, Nate Wilcox and Justin Bankston talk about the complicated yet charming Jerry Lee Lewis and his career as a musician.
51 min
285
Dewey Phillips, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding and...
Host Nate Wilcox and author Stanley Booth discuss some of the most important and influential Memphis musicians as detailed in Booth's book, "Red Hot and Blue".
53 min
286
Johnny Paycheck: We Dig Mike Judge's Tales From...
This episode begins a new Let It Roll series where Nate Wilcox and Justin Bankston talk about Mike Judge's Tales From the Tour Bus, a music animated documentary series; to begin, Nate and Justin discuss an episode about the story of Johnny Paycheck.
47 min
287
CSNY Tried to Have It All
Host Nate Wilcox and author Peter Doggett discuss the rise and fall of the '60s rock collective Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, as detailed in Doggett's book, "CSNY: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young”.
56 min
288
Berry Gordy and the Making of Motown
In this episode, host Nate Wilcox and author Andrew Flory discuss the monumental success of the legendary Detroit label, Motown Records, and the intuitive efficacy of its founder, Berry Gordy.
54 min
289
Managing Led Zeppelin, the Biggest Band on Earth
In this episode, host Nate Wilcox and author Mark Blake discuss Led Zeppelin and the practices & influence of their manager, Peter Grant, as detailed in Blake's book, “Bring It On Home: Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin, and Beyond--The Story of Rock's Greatest Manager”.
57 min
290
Frank Sinatra, Mitch Miller and the Great Ameri...
In this episode, author Ben Yagoda and host Nate Wilcox discuss the pre-World War II era of American song, when significant songwriters and musicians like Frank Sinatra dominated the charts prior to the rise of rock and roll.
51 min
291
The Weavers: Folk Music vs the Black List
In this episode, author Jesse Jarnow and host Nate Wilcox discuss the struggles of progressive artists like the Weavers in the late '40s and early '50s American folk music and pop landscape as detailed in Jarnow's book, “Wasn’t That a Time: The Weavers, the Blacklist and the Battle for the Soul of America”.
52 min
292
Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra and t...
This episode features author Peter Doggett and host Nate Wilcox discussing 1930s and World War II-era artists and music that were popular at the time, including jazz and swing.
40 min
293
Bing Crosby and the Age of the Crooner
In this episode, Nate and author Peter Doggett discuss how innovations in recording technology influenced the musical style and resulting success of artists like Bing Crosby during the era of swing music.
45 min
294
The Entrepreneurs of Early Hip-Hop: Sugar Hill ...
In this episode, host Nate Wilcox and author Dan Charnas discuss the rise of the hip-hop business and how two record companies played a key role in increasing the genre's publicity and popularity.
58 min
295
Otis Redding: Supernova
Continued from last week, host Nate Wilcox and Author Jonathan Gould discuss Otis Redding's popularity with vastly different audiences as well as the end of his career and death.
64 min
296
The Rise of Otis Redding
In this episode, host Nate Wilcox and Jonathan Gould discuss the life and career of soul legend Otis Redding as detailed in Gould's book, "Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life".
64 min
297
Stax Records Blows Up in the 1970s
Continued from last episode, host Nate Wilcox and author Robert Gordon discuss the latter years of Stax Records and the musicians associated with it in 1970s Memphis, Tennessee.
61 min
298
Stax Records and the Soul Explosion
In this episode, Nate Wilcox and Robert Gordon discuss the origin of Stax records and the artists associated with the label, as well as the sociopolitical circumstances surrounding the Memphis music scene in the '60s.
56 min
299
Jerry Lee Lewis Starts His Come Back at the Sta...
In this episode, Host Nate Wilcox and author Joe Bonomo talk about the one-of-a-kind rock pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis, including his chaotic career trajectory, interactions with other musicians, and divisive public reception.
49 min
300
Muddy Waters: The Life and Times
In this episode, Nate Wilcox and author Robert Gordon discuss the life, influences, and music career of legendary bluesman Muddy Waters as well as his impact on blues, jazz, rock, and American music in general, as detailed in Gordon's book, "I Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters".
65 min