Episode 137: “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” by James Brown

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Episode 137: "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" by James Brown
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James Brown (r) dancing with Johnny Carson (l)

Episode one hundred and thirty-seven of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” by James Brown, and at how Brown went from a minor doo-wop artist to the pioneer of funk. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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Episode 136: “My Generation” by the Who

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The Who, in front of a Union flag, in 1965

Episode one hundred and thirty-six of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs is a special long episode, running almost ninety minutes, looking at “My Generation” by the Who. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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Episode 135: “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel

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Episode 135: "The Sound of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel
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Paul Simon (in the foreground) and Art Garfunkel (in the background) in front of a wall covered in graffiti. Both men are wearing black sweaters. Simon is also wearing a shirt and tie. Garfunkel is holding a cigarette.

Episode one hundred and thirty-five of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel, and the many records they made, together and apart, before their success. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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Episode 134: “In the Midnight Hour” by Wilson Pickett

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Wilson Pickett on stage in 1965 (with Jimi Hendrix on guitar)

Episode 134 of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “In the Midnight Hour”, the links between Stax, Atlantic, and Detroit, and the career of Wilson Pickett. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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Episode 133: “My Girl” by the Temptations

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The Temptations

Episode one hundred and thirty-three of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “My Girl” by the Temptations, and is part three of a three-episode look at Motown in 1965. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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Episode 132: “I Can’t Help Myself” by the Four Tops

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The Four Tops

Episode one hundred and thirty-two of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “I Can’t Help Myself” by the Four Tops, and is part two of a three-episode look at Motown in 1965. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

Patreon backers also have a ten-minute bonus episode available, on “Colours” by Donovan.

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Episode 131: “I Hear a Symphony” by the Supremes

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The Supremes in 1965

Episode one hundred and thirty-one of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “I Hear a Symphony” by the Supremes, and is the start of a three-episode look at Motown in 1965. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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Episode 130: “Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan

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Episode 130: "Like a Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan
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Bob Dylan in 1965

NOTE: This episode went up before the allegations about Dylan, in a lawsuit filed on Friday, were made public on Monday night. Had I been aware of them, I would at least have commented at the beginning of the episode.

Episode one hundred and thirty of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan, and the controversy over Dylan going electric, Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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Episode 129: “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones

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Episode 129: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones
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The Rolling Stones

Episode 129 of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones, and how they went from being a moderately successful beat group to being the only serious rivals to the Beatles. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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Episode 128: “Mr. Tambourine Man” by the Byrds

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The Byrds

Episode one hundred and twenty-eight of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “Mr. Tambourine Man” by the Byrds, and the start of LA folk-rock. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

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