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An anthology of some of the greatest music stories never truly told. This eight-part series includes a look at the FBI investigation into a classic rock anthem, unheard conversations with Captain Beefheart, a critical examination of New Edition’s...
||ExplicitReissue: Heat Rocks - Cymande||Legendary DJ/crate-digger Cut Chemist professes his love for Cymande’s 1972 self-titled debut.||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitReissue: The Dove||A global pop icon appears in a most unexpected place in this story from Pod Planet’s Clive Desmond.||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitReissue: Mad About The Boy||We resurface a story from Falling Tree Productions that takes a look at the empowering flip-side of pop fandom.||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSearching for the Root: The Incredible Journey of Aisha Ali||In the wake of the swinging ‘60s, a young woman named Aisha Ali travels to North Africa in search of her roots. There, she single-handedly documents hours and hours of music and film from Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt ... much of it...||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitA Million Dollars Worth of Plastic||In 1989 McDonald’s ran the biggest flexi-disc promotion ever, sending out 80 million discs (playing the “Menu Song”) as inserts in newspapers all over the country. A very special copy of this record was almost burned to heat a family home in...||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitShaggs’ Own Thing: The Story of the Wiggin Sisters||One of the most unlistenable bands of the ‘60s became a cult favorite decades later, gaining praise from the likes of Frank Zappa, Kurt Cobain and Sonic Youth. But did the Wiggin sisters from Fremont, New Hampshire even want to be in a band in the...||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJohnny Tried: The Ballad of Glen Sherley||When Johnny Cash played his iconic concert at Folsom Prison he covered the song of one very talented inmate. Johnny pulled some strings, plucked Glen Sherley from prison and brought him out on the road. Did this turn of fortune wind up helping or...||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNew Edition’s Neighborhood Secret||The boys in New Edition were basketball fans from Boston - Celtics country. So what happened when they hung out with the L.A. Lakers in a music video during the height of the 1980s Celtics/Lakers rivalry?||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitElectricity: Conversations With Captain Beefheart||In this intimate radio portrait of one of music’s most legendary eccentric geniuses, writer Kristine McKenna offers you a visceral experience of what it was like to be friends with Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart).||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOutlaws of the Airwaves: The Rise of Pirate Radio Station WBAD||Pirate radio station WBAD in New York was a beloved source for fans of underground, unsanitized hip-hop in the 1990s, but how high could this illegal operation fly while also staying under the radar?||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLouie Louie: The Strange Journey of the Dirtiest Song Never Written||An FBI Investigation, an engagement ring, wine coolers... the surprising story behind the ubiquitous anthem that every teenager bangs out on their first guitar.||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing Lost Notes||Hear a preview of Lost Notes, an anthology of some of the greatest music stories never truly told. Top journalists present stand-alone audio documentaries that highlight music’s head, heart and beat, with host Solomon Georgio as your guide.||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
I’m in heaven.
As someone who considers themselves an (amateur) music historian, I loved the insight into these songs. Well Done!
Lost Notes is Discovered Gems
You have taken a 70-year-old from learning more about a song he danced to at Midwest youth canteens thousands of times to understanding a little more about belly dancing and it’s music. During the last 4 decades, I have become accustomed to KCRW enriching life and music. Lost Notes is every bit of that and more. Thank you.
I love love love this episode - hearing the story of Pirate Radio really brought me back. While I heard some good stuff on Hot 97 in the mid-90s that lead me to find other good stuff, I wish I had tuned and found this stuff. Thanks for the tracks!