The Rock N Roll Archaeology Project

Digging into Music, Culture & Technology

Why Archaeology? Because we intend to dig. This is an excavation and exploration of Rock N Roll. We start by asking: how does Rock N Roll affect the larger society, and how does the larger society affect Rock N Roll? We set a frame for our discussion: the years 1945 to 1995.

 

ROCK N ROLL ARCHAEOLOGY

THE MAIN SERIES WHICH FEATURES EPISODIC, ORIGINAL, SCRIPTED CONTENT INCLUDING CHARACTERS AND DIALOGUE THAT ASKS HOW DOES ROCK N ROLL AFFECT THE LARGER SOCIETY, AND HOW DOES THE LARGER SOCIETY AFFECT ROCK N ROLL? A FRAME IS SET FOR THE DISCUSSION: THE YEARS 1945 TO 1995. A HIGH-QUALITY, WELL-PRODUCED, INTENSELY RESEARCHED AND  WRITTEN SHOW DELIVERED MONTHLY THAT OFFERS LINKS TO PLAYLISTS OF TRACKS USED AND BIBLIOGRAPHY OF SOURCES.

 
 
Episode 1: The Precursors

EPISODE 1: THE PRECURSORS

The show opens in New York City at the end of World War 2. We discuss social, technological, and economic forces that converge in the early postwar years: the Baby Boom generation and its impact, the rise of the American middle class, technological advances in radio and recording.

 
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EPISODE 2: Elvis and the Rise of Television

We recap episode one, and open in Memphis, 1954. Sun Records owner Sam Phillips has found his elusive crossover sound—and the artist who can deliver it. Elvis breaks out; in just a few months he’s on the cusp of national stardom.

 
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EPISODE 3: THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED

We describe Rock N Roll as an “enfant terrible,” then an unruly toddler, then a hyperactive kid. When Buddy Holly breaks out in late 1957, we see Rock N Roll has stepped out into the world as a confident young adult.

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