Author Archives: Andrew Hickey

500 Songs: Brown-Eyed Handsome Man

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-46-brown-eyed-handsome-man-by-chuck-berry/ The new episode of “A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs” is now up. This one looks at “Brown-Eyed Handsome Man” by the Chuck Berry Combo, and how Berry tried to square the circle of social commentary and … Continue reading

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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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