Deep Dive: An AllMusicBooks Podcast
Episode 88: ”Learning To Live Together: The Return of Mad Dogs and Englishmen” with Jesse Lauter

Episode 88: ”Learning To Live Together: The Return of Mad Dogs and Englishmen” with Jesse Lauter

January 17, 2022

In the spring of 1970, Joe Cocker undertook what became the legendary 20th-century musical experiment—a traveling rock & roll commune that crisscrossed the country on a private jet. Many attempts have been made to reunite the Mad Dogs, but it was never recreated in any way, shape or form...until now.

Director Jesse Lauter talks to us about his documentary/concert film through the lens of the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s reunion of the Mad Dogs. which features 12 of the original Mad Dogs, including Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, and Jim Keltner plus guest performers Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes and Dave Mason, among others. Tune in!

Episode 87: A Few More Minutes on Power Pop with S.W. Lauden

Episode 87: A Few More Minutes on Power Pop with S.W. Lauden

January 17, 2022

S.W. Lauden is the author of several books on Power Pop, a form of pop rock based on the early music of bands such as the Who, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the Byrds.. He is also the drummer for The Brothers Steve, a super good and super fun power pop band. Hear more from Lauden our Bonus episode!

Episode 86: A Few More Minutes on ”Elvis In Memphis” with Eric Wolfson

Episode 86: A Few More Minutes on ”Elvis In Memphis” with Eric Wolfson

January 17, 2022

Eric Wolfson, author of ""Elvis In Memphis" spends a few more minutes with us, discussing his favorite music books, albums, and music documentaries. What book does he think has the best writing on Elvis? Is Elvis on his favorite album list? What doess Eric think the first Dylan music video was? Tune in and find out!

Episode 85: ”Go All The Way: A Literary Appreciation of Power Pop” with S.W. Lauden

Episode 85: ”Go All The Way: A Literary Appreciation of Power Pop” with S.W. Lauden

January 17, 2022

Fun, bright, and playful, Power Pop is a sometimes adored, sometimes maligned, often misunderstood genre of music. From its heyday in the seventies and eighties to its resurgence in the nineties and aughts, Power Pop has meant many things to many people. 

Author S.W. Lauden joins us to talk about his book with Paul Myers featuring today's best and brightest writers on what certain Power Pop bands and songs mean, and have meant to them. 

Episode 84: ”Happy New Year! What’s up, 2022?”

Episode 84: ”Happy New Year! What’s up, 2022?”

January 2, 2022

Another year come done and gone. Goodbye, 2021 and hello 2022. Out with the old and in with the new, right? We hope your holiday was filled with good cheer, great friends, and, of course, fantastic music. We’d like to wish you a very happy New Year and thank you all for tuning into our podcast.

So what else lies ahead? Well…a lot. Power Pop? Check. Riot Grrrrls? Yup. A new take on Leon Russell and Joe Cockers “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” featuring the Tedeschi Trucks Band? Of course! The Quiet Riot documentary? Dude. The Wu Tang doc “Rock The Bells?” Oh, yeah

So..tune into the new year on AllMusicPodcasts!

Episode 83: ”A Few More Minutes on Cover Songs” with Ray Padgett

Episode 83: ”A Few More Minutes on Cover Songs” with Ray Padgett

December 28, 2021

We spend a few more minutes with Ray Padgett, author of "Cover Me: The Stories Behind The Greatest Cover Songs of All Time." Ray takes us deep into Sinead's definitive cover of "Nothing Compares To You," Johnny Cash's epic take on Nine Inch Nails, and The Fugees classic update of "Killing Me Softly."

Episode 82: ”Leonard Cohen and ‘Hallelujah.‘”

Episode 82: ”Leonard Cohen and ‘Hallelujah.‘”

December 22, 2021

Leonard Cohen's “Hallelujah” has been covered by more than 300 other artists in virtually every genre, including Willie Nelson, k.d. lang, Justin Timberlake, Bono, Brandi Carlile, and Bon Jovi, to name a few. Hell...the song was even in “Shrek”! But the song was originally stuck on side two of 1984’s Various Positions, an album that Cohen’s record label deemed unfit for release. In fact, Walter Yetnikoff, the head honcho at CBS Records told Cohen “Leonard, we know you’re great but we don’t know if you’re any good.” 

“Hallelujah” is arguably Cohen’s biggest and most beloved song, as well as one of the most covered songs in history.

Episode 81: ”Morphine‘s ‘Sexy Christmas Baby Mine‘” with Billy Conway

Episode 81: ”Morphine‘s ‘Sexy Christmas Baby Mine‘” with Billy Conway

December 22, 2021

We were asked to contribute a holiday song suggestion for the Songfacts podcast for their annual Holiday Special. We knew there's be lots of suggestions, so we had to dig deep, and when "the other Steve" suggested the super rare "Sexy Christmas Baby Mine" by low-rock legends Morphine.

The perfectly titled “Sexy Christmas Baby Mine” was originally the B-side for the 7-inch release of "Cure For Pain," and recently included on the anthology “At Your Service.” It is everything you’d expect from the band; it is different, it is classic and it is undeniably Morphine. Additionally, we were able to speak with drummer Billy Conway about the song and his memories and recollections of "Sexy Christmas Baby Mine." Happy Holidays!

Episode 80: ”A Few More Minutes on Daptone Records” with Jessica Lipsky

Episode 80: ”A Few More Minutes on Daptone Records” with Jessica Lipsky

December 22, 2021

Author Jessica Lipsky tells us the Daptone Records you need to hear, and talks about her favorite soul albums, songs and artists of all time. Tune in!

Episode 79: ”It Ain‘t Retro: Daptone Records & The 21st Century Soul Revelation” with Jessica Lipsky

Episode 79: ”It Ain‘t Retro: Daptone Records & The 21st Century Soul Revelation” with Jessica Lipsky

December 22, 2021

Run by a collective of soul-obsessed producers and musicians, the Brooklyn-based independent Daptone Recordsl launched the careers of artists such as Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, and Bruno Mars. Daptone’s records who paid homage but never lip service to the original artists, proving that soul is still culturally relevant, and just as exciting as ever.

Author Jessica Lipsky joins us to chronicle the label’s history, players, and sounds while dissecting the scene’s cultural underpinnings, which continue to reverberate in pop music. She takes us into the dingy clubs where soul crazed DJs packed the dancefloor, to just uptown where some of the genre’s heaviest musicians jumpstarted the renaissance in a basement studio, and all the way to the White House.

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