Reviews
Best deep dive into the songs and people behind them I’ve ever heard. I thought I knew all the music-nerd stories, but no, I’d only scratched the surface! Thanks for truly excellent research and a great listen.
ads ramone via Apple Podcasts · New Zealand · 04/17/24
Splendid
mr podcast reviewer via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/14/24
All ya’ll , stop what you’re doing and get with the R & R 500 now.
the Oracle of Dephi via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/09/24
Thanks Andrew for the detailed, informative fascinating and addictive podcast. I’ve gone through the lot and I’ve also bought the first book. I can’t wait for the next episode to drop and have recommended your podcast to all my friends. Kind Regards Jonathan
JJ PP Drummer via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/09/24
The host must have spent thousands of hours on this, and his hard work pays off.
Casnh via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/07/24
Listening to this podcast feels like playing with the best present I’ve ever received. I’m so grateful for it. I tell every one of my music-loving friends, which is every one of my friends, about it. I’m a Patreon subscriber and I buy the books—all in. Thank you, Andrew Hickey!! Seriously, thank...Read full review »
Toberose via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/06/24
I so love the workings of Andrews mind. His writing takes you to places you never knew existed. Every episode, no matter when it comes, is a blessing. I never write reviews but I want to blow some wind into his sails. Get on board and enjoy the journey!
nz on air via Apple Podcasts · New Zealand · 04/05/24
I tell everyone I know who claims to love rock and roll, “but listen to all kinds of music” they must give this a listen. It has been such an enlightening podcast, from learning about the artists, the history, and the societal background of what was happening at the time and WHY the song (but...Read full review »
@ihatejackhayes follow me!!! via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/03/24
Don’t like hearing his political opinions intertwined with content. If AI generated, it is decent but pretty sure he is speaking himself and just has poor English (not just accent)
TNandSEC via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/03/24
This has got to be the most in depth music history podcast going. It digs deep into the history and the back story of artists, their influences and the history of the songs they create. It’s quite an undertaking to realize the amount of research that Andrew Hickey is putting into each episode. I...Read full review »
SADP666 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 03/29/24
Brilliant brilliant brilliant I’ve cherry picked some episodes - astral weeks, white light/ white heat, and the new Dylan one Watchtower and am happy there are 170+ more already recorded. My Spotify playlists are overflowing as is my brain Andrew you’re a star and I wish you all the best !
anothermusic via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/27/24
This is not the *definitive* history of rock, and it cannot be. As Hickey himself says, this *A* history, not *the* history. I could imagine many different ways of telling this story that could be equally valid. With different perspectives and different angles, you could take the same songs and...Read full review »
Harper High via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/23/24
this podcast has evolved from brilliant half-hour weekly episodes to in-depth four-hour-plus epics that may take a bit longer to arrive. but they’re always worth the wait—and you’ve got 172 episodes (plus patreon bonus episodes!) to catch up on while you’re waiting.
micschi via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/21/24
Meticulous, methodical, gargantuan. An extraordinary project delivered to incredibly high standards. What an archive! Unreservedly recommended.
jcooraysmith via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/21/24
This is among my favorite podcasts. The time and effort that Andrew spends on each and every episode makes it worth the wait and then some!
StupidNicknameHere22 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/21/24
Great stuff. Lots of history and information.
ARKDEEK via Apple Podcasts · Denmark · 03/20/24
As a rock historian, enthusiast, writer and podcaster myself, I salute your work with immense respect and appreciation. This project is profoundly excellent in all of the ways. Inspiring, insightful, surprising, and comforting as the most compelling and meaningful mapping of the rock and roll...Read full review »
sda60 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/19/24
Hello Sir I began listening after hearing your long and winding interview with Rick Rubin, and have pretty much not stopped… until today. I finished Hickory Wind (all of them) and did my routine move to listen to the intro to the next episode to get me excited, and low and be hold, no next...Read full review »
onepeice is awesome luffy zolo via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/15/24
What an amazing series. Been into rock my whole and love it’s history, but I’ve never heard such a thorough breakdown of how it came to be. I’m about 5 ep in and I can’t wait to hear them all!
5 string Jimmy via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/15/24
For its content on musical matters, this series is most welcome and would in my opinion deserve a five star review. Alas, I am only able to give it three stars, as Mr. Hickey seems unable or unwilling to refrain from ruining the listening experience by inserting all kinds of “warnings”. As a...Read full review »
Jepain! via Apple Podcasts · Germany · 03/14/24
God bless
BOBBYHARLEY via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/14/24
I thought I knew everything about rock n roll but I clearly did not. This is an incredible podcast and it leaves no stone unturned. Thank you thank you!!
Jerry Rainwater via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/13/24
My man pots and pans did the first 100 songs in two years. He’s into year 4 for the second 100, with no end in sight. So far this year he’s done one song in three months. This was following the announcement of a new, speedier schedule (he’s almost instantly ignored newly announced schedules...Read full review »
BaronDoomMD via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/13/24
I love everything about this series. I started way back at #1 and am nearly caught up. Great research, song snippets, stories, writer and narrator. This is one of the best podcasts available.
Lemon!!!!!!!! via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 03/11/24
Just finished DarkStar, an incredibly complex, detailed, and emotionally engaging deep dive into the world of the Grateful Dead. I've studied this band since my first show in 1989, and still I learned a new way of looking at their place in music, cultural, scientific, and human history. Thank...Read full review »
CmdrDarklighter via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/10/24
Do yourself a favor and start from beginning, I was surprise how far the roots of rock and roll were. I look forward to every episode. I was turned on to this by the Reason Round Table, thanks.
Shu44 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/08/24
Quite easily my favorite podcast of all time. The reverence with which Andrew handles the greatest form of art known to human kind is appropriate and accurate. Andrew, thank you for your time.
FriendorDefoe via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/08/24
Exhaustively researched and thoughtfully presented. This has been my favorite podcast for months, and I don’t know what I’ll do when I’ve finally caught up to the current episode. Likely I’ll listen again. Thank you Mr. Hickey for your wonderful labor of love!
scotchcrist via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/05/24
Hands down my favorite podcast. I found it through Cocaine and Diamonds, my former fav. I think Andrew found his calling. He clearly loves the subject. The research is impressive and the delivery is enjoyable. I binged through Episode 172. It’s a bummer having to wait now; but so worth...Read full review »
Piesle via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/05/24
Carl Wilson married Gina Martin, Dean Martin’s daughter and the sister of Dino, from “Dino, Desi and Billy” and not Billy as reported.
ThODLL via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/02/24
Each episode of this podcast is like a dense and delicious chocolate torte. So rich and filled with insight, you don’t think you can take another bite. At the end of an episode, you’re glad you did and wonder “wow, can the next one be as good?” And then, it is and you hope Andrew Hickey keeps...Read full review »
versusgoliath via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/01/24
Trump will haunt you all the days of your life
JfMkly via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/29/24
I can’t remember how this podcast got recommended to me but I’m enjoying it so much. I listened to all of No Dogs In Space and have been looking for a music history nerd fix and this one fit the bill.
Dodge a Neon via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/28/24
This podcast defies superlatives: but I’ll try. On the surface, and by virtue of its title, it is the most immersive, knowledgable, historical, cultural, educational, entertaining and inclusive dive into the people and music that became rock and roll. But it is so much more than that. You won’t...Read full review »
Catfish90 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/25/24
A wonderful podcast narrative of some of the best songs and artists (warts and all) of the 20th century. I am still ‘catching up’ and I am in awe of the research Mr. Hickey employed.
AmaZinginer via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/25/24
This is a fantastic podcast! Very informative! Even the songs I thought I wouldn’t be into I found very interesting! I’ll definitely spread the word! Keep up the good work, Andrew!
RebelYell29 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/23/24
The depth and breadth of information presented in this podcast series is awe inspiring and astonishing in its scope! If you love music and eager to understand how the intersection between music and culture this series is a must! Highly recommend!
DobroGuy via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/22/24
I’ve learned so much listening to your show. reading up where I can on events I’ve heard you speak on & listening to all songs I like that you’ve based a show on first, then checking out the songs I’m not necessarily a fan of. I’m at your hem, Professor. Wonderful work.
gotchaknows via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/22/24
This podcast is not just a great achievement in progress — it’s an outright miracle. Factual, contextually accurate, musically astute, and intelligent in ways that are not typical in the lowest-common-denominator world of podcasting. Someday, when this series reaches its 500th song, it will stand...Read full review »
jbro9 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/19/24
Thank you, Andrew! What a great series
pmanhistory via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/18/24
The most carefully researched, clever podcast ever! I can't stop listening and I have learned so much cool stuff.Read full review »
Ken Iosso via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/17/24
In-depth and engaging - a must for any music obsessives. Don't be put off by the actual song being discussed as it is so much more than just talk about that. A must listen! Great rare clips of songs are especially interesting. Has opened my eyes to a whole host of artists i would never...Read full review »
Alfie_Noakes via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 02/17/24
In all honesty, I mainly use this podcast to annoy friends + family with fun facts + weird anecdotes I learned listening to it. Also it's changed my relationship to music + its place in American culture + history, so...there's that. Seriously, one of the best things to come out of the...Read full review »
redmax7156 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/17/24
Hickey has taken on a mammoth assignment and is executing it brilliantly. The trick? Hard work. He seems to have read everything and understood where it all fits in the larger context of artistic and cultural history. Bravo.
P.A. Carlin via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/17/24
In years to come I fully believe this to be as valuable a piece of work as any other deep dive into the subject. My only fear is the episodes are becoming so in depth and descriptive that it will take 30 years to get to 500.
KennyG78 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 02/16/24
A wonderful pick ‘n’ mix assortment of musical history, lovingly researched and beautifully written. This fellow Mancunian salutes you, Andrew. Keep ‘em coming! We’ll keep listening!
Hmmmingbirdy via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 02/16/24
It’s a well-done podcast. Sorry to see Andrew Hickey using this forum to push the dominant vaccine narrative and badmouth Van Morrison for challenging it. When I reach the Eric Clapton part of the podcast will I also have to listen to Andrew Hickey badmouth him for speaking out about his...Read full review »
makinmerry via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/15/24
I love this podcast!! It is incredibly well researched, and Andrew clearly has a great passion for the subject matter. I am not only learning more about music history than I ever thought I would, but tons of 20th century history/social history as well! There’s even some music theory made...Read full review »
Roxystar;) via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/15/24
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