Author Archives: Andrew Hickey

500 Songs: Blueberry Hill

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-45-blueberry-hill-by-fats-domino/ Episode forty-five of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “Blueberry Hill” by Fats Domino, and at how the racial tensions of the fifties meant that a smiling, diffident, cheerful man playing happy music ended … Continue reading

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500 Songs: Train Kept A-Rollin

This week’s episode of the podcast is now up! This one’s on “Train Kept A-Rollin’” by Johnny Burnette and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio, and how a novelty song about cowboys written for an Abbot and Costello film became a … Continue reading

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New 500 Songs Up: “I Gotta Know” by Wanda Jackson

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-43-i-gotta-know-by-wanda-jackson/ The latest episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs is up! This one’s on “I Gotta Know” by Wanda Jackson, and the borders between rockabilly, Western Swing, and the Bakersfield Sound. There’s also a Patreon backer-only … Continue reading

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Is Dominic Cummings A Doomsday Cultist?

Yes, a second blog post in a week. I am spoiling you! Or not, as this is in fact something that should be very worrying to you all. I have been working for a while on a big review of … Continue reading

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New 500 Songs: “Ooby Dooby”

The new episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs is now up! This one’s on “Ooby Dooby” by Roy Orbison, and how even Sam Phillips could make very bad mistakes. And a reminder that backers also have … Continue reading

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On “Remain Alliances”

Yes, despite what you may have thought, I do still have a blog. It’s just been a weird few months, and it’s taken literally all my writing time to produce the 5000 words a week of finished content (which comes … Continue reading

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500 Songs: “Be-Bop-A-Lula”

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-41-be-bop-a-lula-by-gene-vincent-and-the-bluecaps/ The new episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs is now up! This one is on “Be-Bop-A-Lula” by Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps, and features a motorbike crash, a car crash, Fidel Castro, and probably … Continue reading

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