Author Archives: Andrew Hickey

Peter Tork RIP

We knew it was coming, of course — the cancer he was diagnosed with around a decade ago is one which most people survive for a long time, but which pretty much always gets you within a decade or so, … Continue reading

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New 500 Songs — and More!

The new episode of “A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs” is up. This one’s on Bill Haley and the Comets, and Rock Around the Clock. But that’s not all… There’s a second new episode, on “Cry” by Johnnie … Continue reading

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500 Songs Reaches Elvis

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-19-thats-all-right-mama-by-elvis-presley/ A new episode of “A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs” is now up. This one looks at “That’s All Right, Mama” by Elvis Presley, and features acne, bear cats, a phone call to Castro, and a badly-flawed … Continue reading

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A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs: Sh-Boom

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-18-sh-boom-by-the-chords/ The new episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs is now up! It’s on “Sh-Boom”, a song you may know from many 80s films. It’s also about racism, copyright law, the medieval origins of doo-wop, and … Continue reading

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Short Story: Stagger

(A content warning for this story. The narrator and principal character are both racist and express racist views. I hope it goes without saying that I don’t share those views. Also, this is a horror story, with all that that … Continue reading

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New 500 Songs — “Money Honey”

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-17-money-honey-by-clyde-mcphatter-and-the-drifters/ The latest episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs is now up! We’re getting to music that people might be more familiar with, now, and this one is on “Money Honey” by the Drifters. (I do … Continue reading

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New 500 Songs Episode Up

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-16-crazy-man-crazy-by-bill-haley-and-the-comets/ A new episode of “A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs”, looking at Bill Haley’s first big hit, “Crazy Man Crazy”, and how it was connected to the Mafia, school assemblies, yodelling, and changes in radio regulations in … Continue reading

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