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"Let it Roll" is a podcast about the history of rock n roll and how changes in society and technology created the new music. Hosted by longtime rock and roll fan and sportswriter Nate Wilcox the show is a series of in-depth interviews with Ed Ward about his book, The History of Rock and Roll, Volume 1: 1920-1963. Ward was the official rock and roll historian for NPR’s Fresh Air for 30 years, and is a former editor of Rolling Stone, writer for Crawdaddy, and Cream. The interviews in "Let it Roll," showcase Ed's encyclopedic knowledge of rock history and offer a detailed -- and hopefully fun -- glimpse into how some of the greatest American music was created.
||CleanWillie Nelson 2: Nashville's Not Enough - Interview with Biographer Joe Nick Patoski||You can read all about this 3 part series in Joe Nick Patoski's "Willie Nelson: An Epic Life": ht...||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWillie Nelson 1: Honky Tonk Wilderness Years - Interview with Biographer Joe Nick Patoski||You can read all about this 3 part series in Joe Nick Patoski's "Willie Nelson: An Epic Life": ht...||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 3: Episode 1 - Paul Tynka: "Portrait of the Blues"||This week author Paul Trynka returns to discuss his first book, “Portrait of the Blues” a classic...||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Moby Grape Story part 2: Interview with author Cam Cobb||This week special guest Dr. Cam Cobb returns to finish the story of Moby Grape. Cam’s the author...||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Butthole Surfers & the 80's underground: Interview with author James Burns||Host Nate Wilcox is joined by author James Burns to discuss his book “Let’s Go to Hell: Scattered...||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWestern Swing: Bob Wills, the grandfather of rock n' roll||Ed Ward is back for a discussion of Bob Wills and Western Swing. This week, Ed and I pick up t...||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Moby Grape Story part 1: Interview with author Cam Cobb||This week I’ve got a special guest: Dr. Cam Cobb author of “What’s Big and Purple and lives in th...||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Birth of Rhythm & Blues: From Bessie Smith to Louis Jordan||Today Ed Ward and I will be filling in a gap in our discussion of his epic History of Rock & Roll...||6/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJimmie Rodgers, The Carter Family & the birth of commercial country music||It’s time to Let It Roll. Today Ed Ward and I will be filling in a gap in our discussion of his e...||6/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Fall of Michael Bloomfield: Interview with biographer Ed Ward||It’s time to Let It Roll. Today features the conclusion of our discussion of Ed Ward’s book Micha...||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Rise of Michael Bloomfield: Interview with biographer Ed Ward||Today features the return of Ed Ward to discuss his book Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of...||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Bowie: Starman an interview with author Paul Trynka||It’s time to Let It Roll. Today we’re bringing back biographer Paul Trynka to talk about Starman,...||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed an interview with author Paul Trynka||This week host Nate Wilcox is joined by Paul Trynka, author of Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed. Pa...||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrian Jones The Making of the Rolling Stones interview with biographer Paul Trynka||This week Nate Wilcox interviews Paul Trynka about his book Brian Jones: The Making of the Rollin...||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLet It Roll S2 E1: Rock Pre-history the 20s & 30s||This week is a prequel to last season that covers the period from 1920 to 1945. It’s a fun one...||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: The British Invasion is Coming!||Welcome to the final episode of the first season of Let It Roll. I’m Nate Wilcox and I’ll be fini...||12/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: 1963 part A, Brill Building pop is perfected||We’ve got so much to talk about on 1963 that we’re splitting it into two episodes. This we...||12/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: 1961-1962 The Quiet Years||1961 and 1962 are often written off as “the dark ages” of the first rock and roll era -- the ...||12/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: 1960 The Fire of Rebellion has been quelled||This week Ed Ward and Nate talk about 1960, a year when the American corporate brass thought they...||12/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: 1959 Death and Soul||This week Ed Ward and Nate Wilcox discuss 1959, a year that started with tragedy for rock n’ roll...||11/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: 1958 The Year the Music Didn't Quite Die||This week Ed Ward and Nate Wilcox talk about 1958, the backlash year. This was the year that ...||11/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: 1957 The Miracle Year of Rock n' Roll||It’s time to talk about 1957 -- what Ed Ward calls the “Miracle Year” of rock and roll. The year ...||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: 1956 Rock n' Roll in Full Flower||This week Ed and Nate discuss rock and roll in 1956 with a focus on the rocky and yet productive ...||11/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: 1955 Rock and Roll is born....maybe||The preliminaries are over and now we’re well into the first flower of rock and roll as we ta...||10/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: 1953-1954 Rock, Meet Roll||In this episode I’ll be talking with Rock and Roll historian Ed Ward about the period when Rock a...||10/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: The early 1950s and Good Rockin Tonight||In the second episode Nate talks to rock historian Ed Ward about the early 1950s and the emergenc...||10/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: 1945-1950 The Post-War Years||Nate Wilcox and Ed Ward discuss some of the factors that made the first five years after World Wa...||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Perfect mix of music and history
Nate and Ed get it.
enjoyed it very much
Learned a lot and have really enjoyed following up the show by finding the music they're discussing.
Dug the show
Really enjoyed it and learned a lot.