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DISGRACELAND

By Jake Brennan

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Description

Murder, infidelity, suicide, arson, overdose, religious cults, drug trafficking; this podcast explores the alleged true crime antics and criminal connections of musicians we love like Jerry Lee Lewis, Beck, The Rolling Stones, Tay K-47, Tupac Shakur, Mayhem, Van Morrison and many more. Why? Because real rock stars are more like feral, narcissistic animals than functioning members of society and that is precisely what makes them so damn entertaining. If you love true crime and you love music then get ready to love this podcast.

Customer Reviews

“Thank god” for domestic abuse?

I enjoyed the inaugural episode... until I didn’t. He strikes a bizarre tone in the end, explaining that Jerry Lee Lewis is still living and performing music, before ending with “and thank god for that.” Just struck me as a weird statement to make, coming right on the heels of Brennan’s OWN insinuation that Lewis brutally murdered his wife. I don’t thank god for anyone who mauls women. Period. Very tone deaf.

Needs more substance

Style over substance. Relies on clever turns of phrases and a dramatic performance than meaty content. I wasn’t bored, but at the end I thought, “is that all there is?” And sorry, he pronouncement, (paraphrase) “ we like our rock stars to be bad” is an insult and to wife who was killed (possibly two). I don’t think a simple “we like them to be bad” explains why he wasn’t charged/investigated. This is fine to explain a James Dean persona, but not a potential killer, and seems like a brush off or an easy ending.

Great concept—but maybe cite sources?

This is a great idea for a podcast, and I enjoyed the Jerry Lee Lewis episode enough to want to learn more. That’s when I found Richard Ben Kramer’s extremely long 1984 Rolling Stone article on Jerry Lee Lewis and the mystery of his fifth wife’s death, and realized that this episode had been 80% a straight-up regurgitation of that article. I realize the second-tier true crime podcast industry is based on recycling Wikipedia articles and other readily available internet sources, but this seemed like a particularly egregious example, and I felt the host should have given more credit to his source.

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