Prisoners of Rock and Roll

Prisoners of Rock and Roll is a bi-weekly podcast about music, the people who make it, and the almighty, ever-lasting power it has over all of us. We've covered everything from Anthrax to Frank Sinatra, the history of the blues to the history of punk, and from Johnny Cash to the Joshua Tree. We also play clips, discuss music news, and sentence a song every week to The Electric Chair for being terrible. Check us out -- you might learn something!

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42 - Rock The Mic with the Golden Age of Hip Hop
We explore the Golden Age of Hip Hop
115 min
41 - Rock Around the Clock - Music of the 50s
We explore the music from the first decade of rock and roll.
108 min
40 - Hold Those Lighters High! Power Ballads
We discuss our 10 favorite monster power ballads of all time.
93 min
39 - "Dear Loser" -- The History of Sub Pop Rec...
We explore the history of Sub Pop Records and its impact on the Seattle music scene.
95 min
38 - The Hottest Band in the World: Kiss!
We take a look at Kiss. The music, the make up, and, of course, the merchandise!
134 min
37 - Return of the King: The Elvis Comeback Spe...
We dive into the 1968 Elvis comeback special incuding its history and impact on The King.
96 min
36 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Snubs
We discuss 10 artists who deserve to be nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
116 min
35 - The Faces of David Bowie
We take a look at the characters in David Bowie's music, including Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, Halloween Jack, The Thin White Duke, and more.
107 min
34 - Does Rush Suck?
We don't like Rush, so we objectively listened to 2112 to see if our opinions change.
103 min
33 - Revisiting the Music of 1992
A look back at the grunge, alternative, rock, metal, and hip-hop of 1992.
141 min
32 - The Day the Music Died: American Pie
We go line-by-line through American Pie and discuss all of the symbolism in the song.
97 min
31 - Coal In Your Stocking: Bad Christmas Music
We talk about some of the worst Christmas music ever.
106 min
30 - Behind The Wall with Pink Floyd
We go track-by-track through The Wall and tell the story of Pink as he descends into madness.
104 min
29 - The Resurrection of Johnny Cash
We discuss Johnny Cash's second career during his collaboration with Rick Rubin in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
106 min
28 - The Life and Music of Bob Marley
We discuss Bob Marley's music, life, and cultural impact.
100 min
27 - Motown's Secret Weapon: The Funk Brothers
We tell the story of the Funk Brothers: the relatively unknown backing band at Motown that played on dozens of hits.
94 min
26 - The Brilliance of MTV Unplugged
We discuss many of the amazing (and infamous) performances from MTV Unplugged.
137 min
25 - Exiled with The Rolling Stones
We get up close with Exile on Main Street, one of the Rolling Stones' best albums.
100 min
24 - Guitar Picks: Top 6 Guitar Players
We each share our top 6 guitar players.
135 min
23 - Rock and Roll Debate: London Calling vs. T...
Debating two of the greatest punk rock albums ever: The Ramones self-titled debut and London Calling from The Clash
125 min
22 - Live From McCusker's Tavern: The Road Trip...
We talk about the best songs to play while taking a road trip.
105 min
21 - The Crossroads to the Blues
A brief history of the Blues from the Mississippi Delta to the cities of Chicago, Detroit, and St. Louis
112 min
20 - Songs We Hate: The Electric Chair Episode!
We take our Electric Chair segment to the next level by talking about songs we can't stand.
52 min
19 - Jukebox Heroes: The Ultimate Jukebox Playlist
We celebrate the triumphant reopening of our home base at McCusker’s Tavern in Philadelphia by putting together a list of the greatest bar songs of all time.
86 min
18 - I Want My MTV!
We talk about the golden era of MTV, the best music videos of all time, and other shows on the network.
124 min
17 - Monterey Pop Festival: One Really Groovy W...
We discuss Monterey Pop Festival and the amazing performances of Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, and more.
129 min
16 - No More Mr. Nice Guy: The History of Shock...
We talk about the history of shock rock and artists like Screamin' Jay Hawkins, KISS, Gwar, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, and Rob Zombie, as well as a handful of other artists and their outrageous antics.
165 min
15 - Thrashing, Smashing, and Mosh Pits -- Heav...
We talk about the Big 4 of Thrash: Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica, and Slayer.
144 min
14 - The Kings of Cool: Frank Sinatra and The R...
The Rat Pack was a group of entertainers that made movies, recorded music, performed on stage, drank booze and chased broads -- usually all in the same day and all while wearing a suit
144 min
13 - U2: The Road to the Joshua Tree
We talk about U2's legendary career and get up close & personal with the Joshua Tree, one of the best selling albums of all time.
101 min
12 - What the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Got Wron...
We share our thoughts on the latest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees, cast our votes for who gets in, and point out where the Hall has been getting it wrong by snubbing some artists (including Motley Crue).
142 min
11 - The Hairband Countdown
Join us as we raise our cigarette lighters in salute to our top six hair bands of all time.
112 min
10 - Bruce Springsteen: Songs of Hope and Dreams
A look at how The Boss went from a working-class kid at the Jersey Shore to one of the biggest rock and roll stars in the world with Born in the USA.
108 min
9 - Mohawks & Safety Pins: The History of Punk ...
A brief history of punk music, starting with the garage rock of the late 60s up to the pop punk movement.
104 min
8 - 1991, The Greatest Year in Music History
1991 was one of the strangest and greatest years in modern music history. It's a year that brought us huge releases from U2, Van Halen, and Guns n' Roses, as well as debuts from Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana. It's also a year where Do the Bartman, ...
102 min
7 - New Year's Eve Special! Good Riddance 2020.
New Year's Eve sure was different this year. Time Square was more or less empty and everyone was stuck at home instead of celebrating with friends and family. That sucks, but we’re here to help! We decided to record a short episode as the ball drops to ...
25 min
6 - Merry Christmas Mother@#$%ers!!!
Ah, the holidays! It’s time for putting up decorations, eating too much, spending time with friends and family, and listening to Christmas music! On today’s festive episode of Prisoners of Rock and Roll, we spent hours wandering around malls and listenin...
68 min
5 - Rock and Roll Debate: The Beatles vs. The R...
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. People have been debating this one in living rooms and bars around the world for over 60 years. Lennon and McCartney or Jagger and Richards? Yesterday or Gimmie Shelter? Everyone has an opinion, and we’re going to share...
152 min
4 - Sun Records: Where Rock and Roll Was Born
If music is a religion, then Sun Studio in Memphis Tennessee is one of it’s holy sites.  Inside this former auto glass repair shop, a man named Sam Phillips invented rock and roll, discovered Elvis Presley, and brought us artists like BB King, Jerry Lee ...
96 min
3 - Amazing Movie Soundtracks
People have been associating music with scenes from movies since before Judy Garland sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow in the Wizard of Oz over 80 years ago. Some of the most memorable scenes in the history of film have music playing behind them -- and so...
63 min
2 - The Top 6 American Rock and Roll Bands
America is second to none when it comes to going to inventing music: blues, salsa, country, jazz, hip hop, bluegrass, funk, doo wop, ragtime, surf music, punk, disco, and of course rock and roll. Unless you’re into the symphony, polka, or Australian didg...
127 min
1 - Does Motley Crue Belong in the Hall of Fame?
Motley Crue has been making music for almost 40 years. Despite their enormous commercial success, they and most of the other hair bands from that era get written off because of their party lifestyle, spandex, and high hair. On this inaugural episode of ...
60 min
Introducing the Prisoners of Rock and Roll
Welcome to the Prisoners of Rock and Roll. Every two weeks, we educate and entertain as we talk about about music, the people who make it, and the influence it has on us. We’re going to debate our favorite bands and albums,...
1 min