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.

what Diggers are saying

Sustenance for Hungry Rock History Nerds!!
As a young(ish) musician, I have made the “quest” for understanding and cataloging the history of Rock N Roll the primary mission of my intellectual life. Seriously, Rock music is the only place that I can call “home”…my oldest, closest friend and most important (unless my wife reads this, then SECOND most important) relationship. I have been waiting for this show for years now! Such a wonderfully produced, well-researched piece of Rock Musicology, the narrative laid out provides a very gentle, easy walk through the history of ENTIRE Rock genre, from the Mississippi Delta onward. I’ll just punctuate this by saying that ALL of the pieces of this Project have captivated my attention and imagination entirely…and I’m the “poster child” for A.D.D. (read: drummer). You better believe I’ll be coming back for more! They got me - hook, line, and sinker! Keep it coming, folks!
— Work in Progress
Tough to wait for the next one.
I found this podcast about 4 episodes in. I binged what was there and now am tortured as I must now wait for each new monthly episode. The stories are great. It discusses the music and the times. I also recommend the playlists in Spotify.
— Badrawer
I know it’s only Rock N Roll...But I like it. The most interesting cast out there. I check daily for new episodes, just in case they come early. Episode 8 was released yesterday and I’ve listened 3 times. The 4th will be with my daughter today, to help her appreciate the wild enthusiasm we felt for The Beatles.
— Kent Duffy
Depth. Episodes 1 - 5 under my belt so far. First... thanks for bringing us this series! I’m really appreciating the depth of insight into rock and roll history. Though much of the information specific to the many artists featured in this series is relatively well known to any of us who have been paying attention over the last 40+ years (in my case) what I find most interesting is the broader context. Placing the artists and the business itself into the context of the nations cultural and political history of their time is a master stoke that sets this series apart from the typical rock history piece. Keep it coming!
— CaptBrewster
Really cool storytelling! I love the host’s style. Reminds me a lot of the cool AOR DJ reads from the 70’s, very cool and informative. I felt like I was getting a great lesson without being lectured. Props to you guys on a great project!
— Bob F
Artfully told. Captivating. A must for music lovers.
— Thomas Devlin
Congratulations to you and your staff on the podcast Rock N Roll Archaeology Project. I have listened to all five and find them very entertaining as well as informative. The last attempt to do this, as you probably know, was The History of Rock and Roll by KHJ radio in LA with Bill Drake. I am enjoying your format integrating culture and politics with the music and focusing in on important artists like Cash and Dylan.

I hope you don’t rush through this period-there are a lot of interesting early musicians and songs that laid down the foundation for all that followed. You used one of the greatest songs transitioning from Cash to Dylan in the #5 podcast. Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues” highlights one of the early great pioneers. I sure hope you do something about the rockabilly artists that he represents.

Thanks for the great ride.
— John C Yost
No matter what you expect, this show will exceed those expectations. It is extremely impressive and extraordinarily well-done.
— Skip Klauber
Absolutely Outstanding. I cannot imagine any real fan of Rock Music not loving this podcast. It is incredibly well done. It will be interesting to see how shows go as Rock gets more complicated, and develops more sub-genres & such. One could do a slew of shows out of the Velvet Underground, not to mention other obvious beginning points. The podcast can do what similar ventures on TV or even the radio have never done. But will it? Will we get, e.g., a show on the “Canterbury Sound”, ranging from the Soft Machine to Gong? That’s a lot to hope for!
— Loridans2
I love this podcast. I can’t wait for the next episode! Great music clips interspersed and interesting anecdotes. I will say it again I love it!
— Tammy Barry
Just finished the third episode and I’m immensely impressed — it’s shaping up to be the best rock podcast I’ve ever heard. I felt a little dubious with the first episode, which seemed to rely a little too much on some cliches/generalizations about American culture and society in the immediate postwar era, but my fears have been assuaged and I’m finding it to be a really delightful, thought-provoking project. Can’t wait for ep. 4!
— Scody1
In-depth knowledge and great quality. The writing is superb, the audio quality is great, and the storytelling keeps me coming back for more. The only complaint I have is this podcast is switching to a monthly format — and I want it weekly. Or daily.
— AaaGamer
This has been my greatest find. I thoroughly enjoy your story telling . I have learned so much in just three casts. I can’t wait for more!
— Brenda Iskiwitch Engelhardt
Dear Rock & Roll Archaeology Project, this is the podcast I have been searching for. There are many many podcasts out there that purport to research Rock & Roll, but they are lightweight compared to what you are presenting. Love it, keep it. Best wishes from Australia.
— William Rogan

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