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Rock Under Fire

Jul 23, 2017

In Episode 27, we begin our two-part special THE DISCO YEARS where we explore the impact that disco music had on rock, pop, and American culture during the 1970s and beyond. In Part One, Mike Derrico is joined by Alice Echols, author of HOT STUFF: DISCO AND THE REMAKING OF AMERICAN CULTURE. Echols is professor of history and the Barbara Streisand Chair of Contemporary Gender Studies at USC, as well as the author of four other books, including DARING TO BE BAD: RADICAL FEMINISM IN AMERICA 1967-1975, SHAKY GROUND: THE SIXTIES AND IT'S AFTERSHOCKS, SCARS OF SWEET PARADISE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JANIS JOPLIN, and her upcoming new book SHORTFALL: FAMILY SECRETS, FINANCIAL COLLAPSE, AND A HIDDEN HISTORY OF AMERICAN BANKING, due out in October 2017.

In one of the best discussions on disco that you will ever hear on a rock podcast, Echols and Derrico talk Barry White, James Brown, George Clinton, Donna Summer, the Village People, Casablanca Records, Philly soul, Giorgio Moroder, Stevie Wonder, the Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, Kiss, Rod Stewart, Saturday Night Fever, Greg Tate, and many other names as well as the underlying social, racial, gender, and sexual implications during the era.   

We thank all of our supporters who stepped up to get behind this brand new podcast during our first year. We make it a point not to focus on any one particular artist, band, or genre of music, but with that comes the reality that our show may not always appeal to everyone at the same time. The seven decades of rock and roll music along with its even longer history gives us an extremely broad canvas to create discussions on, drawing from different areas with each episode. So there is still always something for everyone.

In the previous 26 episodes we've discussed The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Prince, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Kiss, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, the Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock, Doo Wop, The Beach Boys, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Steely Dan, The Strokes, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, The Doors, Patti Smith, The Ramones, Jimi Hendrix, Metallica, Guns n Roses, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, The Velvet Underground, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Cars, Cheap Trick, Heart, Dave Grohl, Jack White, digital streaming, the state of the music industry and record labels, the effect of rap and hip hop on rock, Neil Young, Talking Heads, Counting Crows, Boston, The Temptations, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, the Smithereens, Suzanne Vega, Van Halen, Rick Rubin, The Gun Club, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, The Mekons, UFO, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Chuck Klosterman, John Philip Sousa, Billy Joel, The Wipers, Iron Maiden, Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Waits, Thin Lizzy, the Bee Gees, Mozart, Beethoven, Puccini, Bob Marley, 5 Seconds of Summer, Twenty One Pilots, Ed Sheeran, J Geils Band, Billy Miller, Chris Cornell, the Desert Trip concerts, aging rock stars, our favorite debut albums, soundtracks, music licensing, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and our most overrated and underrated artists. We've also been joined by three special guests, author and photographers Bob Gruen and Lydia Criss, and writer and director Michael Lee Nirenberg. PLEASE RATE AND REVIEW OUR PODCAST ON iTUNES...WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!

Special thanks to Aaron Novak


Special thanks:
"Stringed Disco" by Kevin MacLeod
"Bad News" written and performed by Live Animals