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New 500 Songs Episode — “Pledging My Love”

The new episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs is now up, on “Pledging My Love” by Johnny Ace, the first rock and roller to die young. This one contains a description of death by gunshot. It … Continue reading

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New 500 Songs Episode Now Up!

There’s a new episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs now up. This one’s on “The Wallflower” by Etta James, and talks about answer records, white cover versions of black musicians, and the Goon Show.

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500 Songs: “Rock Island Line”

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-21-rock-island-line-by-lonnie-donegan/ The new episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs is now up! We visit the UK for the first time, as we talk about Lonnie Donegan’s “Rock Island Line”, the trad jazz scene, and white British … Continue reading

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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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