he Rock N Roll Archaeologist sits down with sideman extraordinaire, Hunt Sales.
Known as a session and touring drummer for decades, working with names like David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Bootsy and Todd Rundgren, Hunt Sales has embarked on his first solo career with an album of twelve original songs, “Get Your Shit Together” on Big Legal Mess records.
Hunt, along with bassist brother Tony, began their musical careers in the mid 1960’s. They are the sons of early T.V. comedian Soupy Sales, who as a jazz aficionado had names like Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Buddy Rich as friends, it’s easy to see why Hunt gravitated to music as a career path and why his style of drumming takes its earliest influences from that big band era.
Of course most of our Diggers know the name of Hunt and Tony Sales as part of the late 80’s / early 90’s band Tin Machine. Thought of by suits and contemporary reviewers as a David Bowie side project, the act was actually envisioned as a real working band with all four members having equal input. Sadly, the Tin Machine only lasted two albums.
Afterwards Hunt moved to Austin to immerse himself in the music scene there.
While he spent most of the last four decades being a part of the rhythm section to so many great records and tours, he also descended into, as he freely admits, to being a heroin addict.
For Hunt a new chapter in life came from ridding himself of the longtime habit. “The life expectancy of the typical addict is 10 to 15 years. I lived longer because I was a professional junkie” he says. ““But after so many decades I finally had to stop. I outlived my addiction. And the moment I stopped, when I decided to put the dope down and care again, the universe opened up for me.”
Now putting all that energy from the drug monkey into the Hunt Sales Memorial project, he has written and recorded songs that are raw, honest and true. Real blood, sweat and tears that drips from the speakers.
Listen to Hunt Sales discuss the new album, growing up in an entertainment family as well as his life in and out of music.
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This week in Deeper Digs in Rock, The Rock N Roll Archaeologist sits down with guest, author Andrew Grant Jackson. In great detail Christian and Andrew discuss his 2015 book, '1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music'. Is it really the most revolutionary year in the rock n roll age? We will find out!
Fifty years ago, friendly rivalry between musicians turned 1965 into the year rock evolved into the premier art form of its time and accelerated the drive for personal freedom throughout the Western world.
The Beatles made their first artistic statement with Rubber Soul. Bob Dylan released "Like a Rolling Stone, arguably the greatest song of all time, and went electric at the Newport Folk Festival. The Rolling Stones's "Satisfaction" catapulted the band to world-wide success. New genres such as funk, psychedelia, folk rock, proto-punk, and baroque pop were born. Soul music became a prime force of desegregation as Motown crossed over from the RB charts to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Country music reached new heights with Nashville and the Bakersfield sound. Musicians raced to innovate sonically and lyrically against the backdrop of seismic cultural shifts wrought by the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, psychedelics, the Pill, long hair for men, and designer Mary Quant’s introduction of the miniskirt.
In 1965, Andrew Grant Jackson combines fascinating and often surprising personal stories with a panoramic historical narrative.
Andrew Grant Jackson is the author of Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of the Beatles' Solo Careers and Where's Ringo? He has written for Rolling Stone, Yahoo!, Slate's "Blogging the Beatles," Baseline Studio System, music magazines Burn Lounge, Mean Street, and Dispatch, and copyedited the Hollywood monthly magazine Ingenue. He directed and cowrote the feature film The Discontents starring Perry King and Amy Madigan and served as actor Jeff Bridges's development associate at AsIs Productions. He lives in Los Angeles.
Happy 2019 everyone! We thought we’d start the new year with something a little different. Instead of taking you on a rock n roll journey we are diving into some sweet jazz with the story of Lee and Helen Morgan.
Everyone who knew Helen loved her. Her place was a mecca for musicians and artists alike who needed a good meal and some TLC. When Lee, an extremely talented trumpeter who was very much down on his luck arrived on her doorstep Helen knew she had to help him get back on his feet. With her love and devotion Lee did just that. But their fairy tale ended wasn’t meant to be.
Make sure to check out the essay by Larry Reni Thomas as well as the fantastic documentary I Called Him Morgan for more on their story!
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This week the Rock N Roll Archaeologist sits down with Mark Blake, author of the just released Bring It On Home: Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin, and Beyond--The Story of Rock's Greatest Manager.
Mark Blake is a former Assistant Editor of Q magazine, a long-time contributor to its sister title MOJO, and has written for Rolling Stone, the Times (London), Classic Rock, and the Daily Telegraph. He is the editor of two definitive music books, Dylan: Visions, Portraits Back Pages and Punk: The Whole Story, and is the author of the Pink Floyd biography Comfortably Numb and the Queen biography Is This the Real Life?
So he has the pedigree to dive into the life of Peter Grant.
Bring It On Home is the first book to tell the complete uncensored story of this industry giant. With support from Grant's family interviews with Led Zeppelin's surviving band members, and access to Grant's extensive archive and scores of unpublished material, including his never-before-published final interview, Blake sheds new light on the history of Led Zeppelin and on the wider story of rock music in the 1960s and '70s.
Full of new insights into Grant's early life as an actor, wrestler, and road manager for rock 'n' roll pioneers Chuck Berry and Little Richard; the formation of Led Zeppelin; his seclusion following the demise of the band; and his recovery from substance abuse, Bring It On Home reveals a man who, after the extraordinary highs and lows of a career in rock 'n' roll, found peace and happiness in a more ordinary life. It is a celebration, a cautionary tale, and a compelling human drama.
Listen it as Mark and Christian dig deep into Peter Grant’s full and famous life.
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Our first DDIR show of 2019 is a discussion with an up and coming Americana outfit out of Austin, Texas, called The Band of Heathens.
The Rock N Roll Archaeologist sits down with founding member, Ed Jurdi to discuss the origins of the band and their newest album, a re-imagining of Ray Charles’ 1972 political record “A Message from the People”.
Ed tells us given the current political climate in America, he and the band wanted to comment without being overt or preachy. They looked to Brother Ray for inspiration and decided since you can’t out genius the great man, perhaps you could recreate it for a new generation. And that is just what they did.
A Message From The People Revisited is a song-for-song cover of the 1972 album by Charles that mingled songs of protest with songs of patriotic pride. Co-founder Ed Jurdi tells us that he and the band admired the album’s balance of the light and the dark.
It’s also important to note that original producer, Quincy Jones has become a champion of the Heathens’ performance, saying, “It’s a great interpretation.”
So let’s begin 2019!
Join the Rock n Roll Archaeologist Christian Swain as he and this episode’s special guest Meredith Ochs dissect her latest book, “Rock N Roll Woman: The Fifty Fiercest Female Rockers”.
Meredith Ochs is an American radio commentator, DJ, author, journalist and musician. She is a Gracie Award honoree for her work in radio. Ochs is a commentator for National Public Radio's All Things Considered and has appeared on Talk of the Nation. She has been a frequent guest on NPR’s All Songs Considered.
Meredith takes an insightful look at 50 rock icons who indelibly shook up the music scene, whether solo or in a band. Profiling women from the 1950s to today, and from multiple genres, Ochs tells the dramatic stories behind their journeys to success, their music, and their enduring impact. More than 100 photographs make this a rich volume, and the idols include Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks, Heart, Chrissie Hynde, Patti Smith, Joan Jett and the Runaways, the Go-Go’s, Karen O, Sleater-Kinney, Grace Potter, and more.
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It’s our last episode of 2018! And what a way to end they year. In today’s episode, we speak to Jon Scott, author of Tom Petty and Me: My Rock ‘n’ Roll Adventures with Tom Petty.
When Chanty received the e-mail about interviewing Jon, she couldn’t believe her good fortune. Being one of the biggest Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fans out there, this is a dream interview. To speak with someone who played such a vital role in getting the Heartbreaker’s music out the public was special- but Jon Scott- is special.
Jon was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and was inspired to become a DJ because of his mothers’ love of music and requesting songs on the radio. From there, he went to work for RCA as a promo man. A promo person really does it all. When he moved to ABC records, he met Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and so began a 40 year long friendship.
Jon tells recalls stories that are in the book (make sure you pick up a copy) and also tells the girls things that are not- so this is an episode not to be missed. Jon was so integral to Tom’s career, that Tom did a very rare thing- giving him a shout out at his last concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Jon Scott is the real deal.
Enjoy the show!
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Continuing with our Holidays celebration, this edition of Art of Rock, our host Kosh brings into Aftermaster studio his dear friend director, comedian and actor and Academy Award winning writer, Adam McKay.
Adam has a new film out today called “Vice”. The story of Dick Cheney (played by Christian Bale), an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.
In 2016 Adam won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film The Big Short. He is founder of the comedy website and production company Funny or Die. He is a founding member of the Upright Citizen Brigade comedy troupe and spent six years on the writing staff of Saturday Night Live from 1995-2001. He has written and/or directed many features including Anchorman, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights, The Other Guys (all with frequent collaborator Will Ferrell) and most recently The Big Short and now Vice.
Today Kosh and Adam spend most of the hour talking music of course and how Adam uses this to great effect in his films. Enjoy a Christmas snack and take a listen as these two old friends break it down. Then go out and see Adam’s most recent film or settle in with a yule log for some old time Netflix fare by him and his friends.
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The Rock N Roll Reverend Andy King returns on a mission from God!
In this episode we take a look at the 1980 film, The Blues Brothers, directed by John Landis, starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, and featuring more amazing musical cameos than you can shake a harmonica at.
Some of the questions we will be answering today are:
How much cocaine did Belushi do?
Did Aretha Franklin single-handedly kill disco? Go Aretha!
And finally: exactly how DID I manage to work a Paul Simon joke into this episode?
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In this edition the Rock N Roll Archaeologist digs very deep into the events of the Altamont Music festival held on December 6th, 1969.
Our special guest is author Saul Austerlitz whose latest book is “Just a Shot Away: Peace, Love and Tragedy with the Rolling Stones at Altamont”.
Saul is a long time music journalist who has had work published in the LA Times, NY Times, Boston Globe, Slate, the Village Voice, The New Republic, the SF Chronicle, Spin, Rolling Stone, and Paste. He is the author of several previous books, including Money for Nothing: A History of the Music Video from the Beatles to the White Stripes.
In Just a Shot Away, writer and critic Saul Austerlitz tells the story of “Woodstock West,” where the Rolling Stones hoped to end their 1969 American tour triumphantly with the help of the Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane, and 300,000 fans. Instead the concert featured a harrowing series of disasters, starting with the concert’s haphazard planning. The bad acid kicked in early. The Hells Angels, hired to handle security, began to prey on the concertgoers. And not long after the Rolling Stones went on, an 18-year-old African-American named Meredith Hunter was stabbed by the Angels in front of the stage.
The show, and the Woodstock high, were over.
Austerlitz shows how Hunter’s death came to symbolize the end of an era while the trial of his accused murderer epitomized the racial tensions that still underlie America. He also finds a silver lining in the concert in how Rolling Stone’s coverage of it helped create a new form of music journalism, while the making of the movie about Altamont, Gimme Shelter, birthed new forms of documentary.
Using scores of new interviews with Paul Kantner, Jann Wenner, journalist John Burks, filmmaker Joan Churchill, and many members of the Rolling Stones' inner circle, as well as Meredith Hunter's family, Austerlitz shows that you can’t understand the ‘60s or rock and roll if you don’t come to grips with Altamont.
Join Christian and Saul as they discuss the book in great detail.
Get the book here: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250083197
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