Monthly Update on Patreon Bonuses

Recently, the main podcast has been fortnightly, but the 10-20-minute Patreon bonuses have been going up even in skip weeks. So every month I’m going to do a quick update on what Patreon backers have received, because I only mention the current bonus episode in the tag of the main episode.

Since the first of November, as well as the main podcast episodes, Patreon backers have received:

A twenty-five minute bonus episode on the Scaffold

A PDF of a little booklet I did with my friend Fraser Geesin, of anecdotes from the podcast with Fraser’s illustrations

A review of a Dylan gig (free for everyone to read, including non-backers)

A twenty-five-minute bonus episode on The Incredible String Band

A twenty-minute bonus episode on The Cowsills

And a twenty-three-minute bonus episode on Moby Grape

The main podcast will *always* remain free, and without adverts, and I am making more than enough money from the Patreon to keep going, and to keep paying Tilt for his work. But there’s been a tiny bit of a downturn in income from it the last month or two, with the general economic situation meaning people don’t have as much free money, so it doesn’t hurt to blow my own trumpet about the extra stuff backers get every now and again.

To be *very* clear, I am making a good income from this, my listeners are extremely generous, and nobody should feel pressured into backing me — I don’t want to take a penny from anyone who can’t afford it, and only sign up if you still have money left *after* paying for your own expenses, donating to any charities you support, helping your friends, and backing more needy artists. But if you do have a dollar a month left over after all that (and many people don’t) I think that list above is probably worth that dollar if you like the podcast.


Episode 158: “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane

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Jefferson Airplane

Episode one hundred and fifty-eight of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “White Rabbit”, Jefferson Airplane, and the rise of the San Francisco sound. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

Patreon backers also have a twenty-three-minute bonus episode available, on “Omaha” by Moby Grape.

Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt’s irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/

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Episode 157: “See Emily Play” by The Pink Floyd

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Pink Floyd in 1967, doing high kicks in a line

Episode one hundred and fifty-seven of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “See Emily Play”, the birth of the UK underground, and the career of Roger Barrett, known as Syd. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

Patreon backers also have a twenty-five-minute bonus episode available, on “First Girl I Loved” by the Incredible String Band.

Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt’s irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/

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Episode 156: “I Was Made to Love Her” by Stevie Wonder

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Stevie Wonder at the piano in 1967

Episode one hundred and fifty-six of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “I Was Made to Love Her”, the early career of Stevie Wonder, and the Detroit riots of 1967. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

Patreon backers also have a twenty-minute bonus episode available, on “Groovin'” by the Young Rascals.

Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt’s irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/

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Admin: Podcast Now Fortnightly

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You’ll have noticed that my experiment with timings has been only a qualified success. While my buffer did allow me to get episodes going out weekly for a while, they’ve started to lag again, as events and health have derailed things — though I have managed to get a bonus episode up for Patreon backers every week. As the upcoming episode is the second one in a row to have a significant delay, I’ve decided that that’s a sign the weekly rate for the main podcast is clearly unsustainable with these longer episodes, even with the skip weeks — but it’s also clear that I can do a main episode every two weeks without any problem, and can get a bonus episode done every week, and that that is very, very sustainable even in times of stress. I now know for sure what my productivity rate can be.
So this is an official announcement that for the foreseeable future, this is a fortnightly podcast, with episodes going up every other Monday, but with backer bonuses every week. It may return to the weekly schedule at some point, but for now that’s the plan. Episode 156, on Stevie Wonder, will be up on Monday, and then the episode after that, on Pink Floyd, will be on the seventh of November. See you then.

Episode 155: “Waterloo Sunset” by the Kinks

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The Kinks ca 1967

Episode one hundred and fifty-five of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “Waterloo Sunset” by the Kinks, and the self-inflicted damage the group did to their career between 1965 and 1967. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

Patreon backers also have a nineteen-minute bonus episode available, on “Excerpt From a Teenage Opera” by Keith West.

Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt’s irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/

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A Request

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Hi. We’re still on a skip week, the main podcast will be back next week, but as we’ve now reached a point in the podcast where more of the people discussed are living than dead, I’d just like to say something, and make a request.
I’ve seen several people asking people mentioned in the podcast if they’re listeners, on Twitter and other social media, and I would very much rather people stop doing that. Please don’t tag any living subjects of my podcast episodes into tweets about those episodes. I can’t stop you, of course, and I’m not meaning to shame anyone who has, as they’ve done it for the best of reasons, but it makes me extremely uncomfortable.
I’ve had people take offence before at things I’ve written about their work which I didn’t intend to be offensive. Creative people will often focus on a single negative aside in what is otherwise a wall of praise, and it can cause them real upset.
I can’t stop any subjects of podcast episodes from listening to them, but the podcast is not ultimately for them.
The very best case scenario is that knowing those people are going to hear the podcast makes me uncomfortable and restricts what I say, making the podcast less good. The worst-case scenario is someone takes legal action because of something I’ve said, and the podcast has to end altogether.
But mostly, I just know that if someone I’ve talked about is going to listen to my podcast, there’s a good chance that they’ll pick up on one casual remark I didn’t even think about and ruminate about it all day. And I don’t want to make people I admire have bad days.
So please, do keep telling your friends about the podcast, but don’t tell the stars I talk about. I know you all mean well when you do it, but it can cause far more harm than good.

Skip Week, but Patreon Bonus

This week is another skip week — the next main episode will be up next week — but Patreon backers still get their bonus episode. This one is forty-two minutes long (I was aiming for twenty-five, but it grew) and is on the Moody Blues and “Nights in White Satin”.

Episode 154: “Happy Together” by the Turtles

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The Turtles

Episode one hundred and fifty-four of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs is the last of our four-part mini-series on LA sunshine pop and folk-rock in summer 1967. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

Patreon backers also have a fifteen-minute bonus episode available, on “Baby, Now That I’ve Found You” by the Foundations.

Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt’s irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/

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Episode 153: “Heroes and Villains” by the Beach Boys

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The Beach Boys (plus Brian's dog Banana) lying on top of one another, with pillows, in a tent. smiling. Brian and Carl are on the bottom of the pile, Banana is at the top

Episode one hundred and fifty-three of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “Heroes and Villains” by the Beach Boys, and the collapse of the Smile album. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

Patreon backers also have a sixteen-minute bonus episode available, on “I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night” by the Electric Prunes.

Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt’s irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/

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