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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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New 500 Songs: Drugstore Rock ‘n’ Roll

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-40-drugstore-rock-n-roll-by-janis-martin/ Episode forty of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “Drugstore Rock ‘n’ Roll”, by Janis Martin, an early rockabilly classic by the woman known as “the Female Elvis”, musical gentrification, misogyny, and third acts … Continue reading

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New 500 Songs: “Please Please Please”

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-39-please-please-please-by-james-brown-and-the-famous-flames/ The latest episode of “A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs” is now up. This one’s on “Please Please Please” by James Brown, and how hard a life you have to have to become the hardest working man … Continue reading

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New 500 Songs: Heartbreak Hotel

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-38-heartbreak-hotel-by-elvis-presley/ This week’s episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs is now up! This one’s on Elvis Presley, “Heartbreak Hotel”, and how wanting to take care of your parents can pay off… Patreon backers also have a … Continue reading

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New 500 Songs: “I Walk The Line”

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-37-i-walk-the-line-by-johnny-cash/ The new episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs is now up, on “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash, and how a gospel singer turned rock and roll star became a country icon. Patreon backers … Continue reading

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