Reviews
This is serious history, produced and presented by an ardent lover of popular music The way he waves social history, little-known facts and the base motives of human beings into his narrative has me completely engrossed.
greekship via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/23/21
I discovered this podcast a few years ago. It’s the only one I look eagerly forward to new episodes. Andrew is fantastic. I think people need to know where all this great music came from. Andrew has got the goods in spades, painstakingly putting together spellbindingly informative shows we...Read full review »
danfrechette via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/14/21
Only 20 episodes in, I have decided to cancel the painters and just paint my house myself with a small brush so I can spend hours and hours listening to this podcast. It is astoundingly good. Words cannot describe how far and away this is better than all other rock and roll history podcasts,...Read full review »
LSJ-22 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/06/21
Andrew Hickey has read everything, has deeply understood everything, and has integrated this vast understanding to create the history that Rock and Roll truly deserves. But this is not just for Rock fans: anyone who cares about American music writ large and/or about the social anthropology of...Read full review »
oldrummer55 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/03/21
In a word ‘exhaustive’. Andrew says, crucially, It’s A History, not THE History. He starts in the 1920’s and debunks all the usual, well repeated myths. More talk than music, but well curated, intelligent and looks at rock music from the racial social and economic perspective. To that end it’s a...Read full review »
Christopher1952 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 06/28/21
And currently, the best thing on the World Wide Web.
Telstar62 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/20/21
Enjoying. BUT, Get the levels dialled in on the audio. Your voice is coming in noticeably LOUDER then the music. Please look into. I like all the interesting lead ups to the topic song. Very interesting.
Stubby789 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 06/17/21
This is my favourite pod cast. Great music and the history behind the songs, the artists and more. The narrator is amazingly respectful of all race and sexuality. I look forward to my weekly fix.
Fitzy1066 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 05/27/21
You can hear and sense the dedication that host Andrew Hickey possesses in putting this great rock-and-soul music-history podcast together. Thank you Mr. Hickey!
GQueue via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/23/21
Thanks so much for all your hard work and personal sacrifice to produce such a wonderful podcasts. Your character and passion really come through in every sentence!!!
la cheesery via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/21/21
Absolutely love this podcast! Informative interesting ! I showed it to my niece and nephew and they love it too!
mnella19 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/20/21
Excellent & well-researched tranches of socio-cultural history of the mid-20th century seen through the prism of popular music. Great stories about great - or at least interesting - songs too.
D-Krams via Apple Podcasts · Netherlands · 05/19/21
I am very much a fan of music and how it fits into history and culture, and this podcast keeps providing amazing insights into the history of rock ‘n’ roll and music around the world. So amazing I’m so glad I found it!
Jeff Hopkins via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/09/21
My first listen of this podcast was “You Really Got Me,” one of my favorite rock songs from a favorite band. This was well researched, and the engaging narrative was enhanced by well-placed clips of the music. Even life-long fans will gain a new understanding of the roots of this classic.
FarOutandGroovy via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/09/21
This podcast was my favourite discovery of 2020 - an engaging history that’s introduced me to so many great artists. The host also does a great job of situating familiar songs in their context, and tracing often unexpected links and connections between musicians.
ajpavey via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/08/21
Well beyond the history and the history is great. This podcast is a path to a better the understanding the origins and development of rock and roll from a musicians perspective. I learn something about music with every podcast. The quality of this podcast is first class.
EBPMartin via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/07/21
This podcast is perfection, delivering tons of education on the subject of musical history and recounting many never before heard stories about figures usually familiar to me, while laying out an entertaining and frankly eye-opening timeline of musical evolution. Not shying away from the many...Read full review »
Alfred Jarry Jr. via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/06/21
I can’t believe it’s not 5 * plus I have listened to them all - I am a huge fan. I think it’s such a wonderful podcast - Detailed and I am from the time frame and earlier when I was crazy about my music Thanks so much ! I save every one of these and relisten to many over again Kinda bummed I...Read full review »
zpic via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/18/21
I’ve been catching up on this podcast for quite some time. Andrew is absolutely the best at chronologing the history of R&R. He is exhaustive and very engaging. And he is sensitive to some viewer’s potential concerns, almost to a fault sometimes. His perspective is that of a Brit who...Read full review »
Reinoroadkill via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/17/21
Great host, loads of info, entertaining story. Could not recommend more !!
velvoioi via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/15/21
I’m hooked on this podcast. It’s a very well-rounded approach to the subject. Andrew Hickey’s commentary covers everything from the musical form itself (back beat, instrumentation, rhythmic patterns) to the sociology of the music business and the lives of the artists. And he points out the...Read full review »
c23ro via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/05/21
I have been really enjoying this. Really well researched and nicely interspersed with clips of music.
cbdfthjifs via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 04/03/21
Full of fascinating detail. A great listen for anyone who cares about rock music.
TymKing via Apple Podcasts · Spain · 04/02/21
This is far and away the best music podcast (if not the best overall podcast) out there. It’s insightful, fun, and always interesting.
Stan Anarchy via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/23/21
Insightful, comprehensive and compelling. One very small quibble: the music clips that are interspersed throughout the text tend to be much quieter in the mix than Andrew’s voice, which doesn’t quite do them justice.
KL@194 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/20/21
I can’t get enough of this podcast. I’m glad I discovered it a bit late, because I have a back library of more than 130 episodes to catch up on — and I listen at least three times a week. I think I’m fairly knowledgeable about rock history — but I’ve got nothing on Andrew Hickey. He teaches me a...Read full review »
niagara9 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/14/21
The excellent longer episode about the Beatles was my entry point but I’m now working my way through all of them in order. I’ve learned a ton and the show is really making me appreciate and discover music I wouldn’t have otherwise.
CrazyCanuck87 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 03/07/21
If you think you know about the history of rock, listen to Andrew Hickey’s podcast. You will undoubtedly learn something new with each episode. Of course, Hickey covers the obvious songs like Johnny B. Goode and Heartbreak Hotel but there also gems on more obscure songs like You Better Move On...Read full review »
ahoff121 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/27/21
Best music history podcast I’ve listened to. Does great justice to the lesser known artists that don’t get enough credit for their contribution to Rock history. I’m all caught up and eagerly await every new weekly episode.
drumduder via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 02/26/21
Very well researched and thoughtfully presented- keep up the great work!
Jeeter A via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 02/24/21
Deeply substantive discussions of artists and songs, their influences and their legacies. Each podcast episode contains numerous excerpts of recordings, which are well chosen and fascinating. This series is already a monumental accomplishment, with so much great stuff still to come.
Jim McKenna via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/17/21
This is by far one of the best music history podcasts available. The host is unbelievably knowledgeable about music history and puts that knowledge into the important greater context of the cultural history of the time. I walk away from each episode knowing so much more than I ever could have...Read full review »
Olivia_M_R via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/16/21
I love this Podcast If you are of the baby boomer generation you will recall how Pop Music was treated as a trivial sideshow of the entertainment business .Now it's multi gazillion pound industry. Also how hard it was to access not only pop Music but to find accurate information about it...Read full review »
Gerry Finn via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 02/16/21
Great, great, great! I look forward to every new episode.
timmy f.b. via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/12/21
If you’re here, you love music so, just subscribe and listen. You’ll thank me later.
Willie Dixon via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 02/07/21
This is the only podcast I subscribe to that I play immediately, as soon as it's available. My only complaint: The episodes aren't long enough, and there ain't enough of 'em.Read full review »
TheOneTrueRobb via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/03/21
The detail, the humor, the choices: all great. So grateful this came into my life.
mogaloferahgo via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/02/21
Just started this podcast and I’ve gone through the first 40 episodes. I love the detail and all the excerpts of songs found within each episode. I also think the reasoning he presents for each song is very compelling. Would definitely recommend.
Luthedude via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/23/21
I am a big fan of music podcasts. So when I binge a new one completely and looking for the next, I typically follow the “If you liked…” suggestions. So I had seen this for quite some time, but for some odd reason I had a feeling it was going to be lame. I assumed that it would be one of those...Read full review »
joe rockhead via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/09/21
A fascinating podcast of songs that evolved into rock and roll... Sometimes overly techi instead of why these song stirred up people then and now... Still there is plenty of intrerest to play the music on whatever source available whether collected or... The music stirs up wave after wave! P....Read full review »
P. F. 787 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/02/21
Thorough, well-researched, and constantly fascinating. His strong grasp of the material conditions surrounding the production and consumption of each song reveal amazing insights into why the history of rock developed the way it did, for example how a strike by musicians in the early 40’s...Read full review »
MitchATX via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/26/20
Unbelievable amount of information
Rush post via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/17/20
This thorough, compelling and highly detailed podcast immerses the listener in the history of rock music. Rock and roll is a stew made up of a variety of influences, it’s not just one kind of music. Mr. Hickey delves deep into the lives and personalities that created this music. Linking the...Read full review »
PD Puddin Pork via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/26/20
Been listening for a long time. An extraordinary knowledge of popular music well presented and compulsive listening. Back him on Patreon.
Dm1377 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 11/25/20
Each episode takes a deep dive into an important song from rock history. Some songs are familiar to me, but many are not so I’m learning a lot of interesting facts about the music and artists that helped shape rock-n-roll. The podcast is entertaining and incredibly thorough and well-researched.
Aljasper via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/22/20
This is the best rock history podcast by far. Well informed but not pedantic. Well chosen feature songs and extracts from related works. Makes you feel like you're back there and then, moving forward in time, not looking back with hindsight. Lets you really understand why it...Read full review »
Richard, Vancouver via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 11/20/20
This is an actual history of rock. It is deep. It is extraordinarily well researched. It comes from a love for the culture that made and sustained rock. It is appropriately critical without coming across as superior. There are only two truly great history podcasts — Dan Carlin’s hardcore history,...Read full review »
xlcr springs via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/29/20
This is a great podcast. I signed up for the Patreon even though it’s free just because I find it so entertaining and educational, and I want to hear all 500.
kttbktt via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 10/25/20
I’m always amazed at the amount of research Andrew puts into each episode. I’m equally amazed at how seamlessly he weaves that research into a coherent, compelling story. I thought I knew rock history, but I have learned so much from this podcast. Whether the episode is about a legend (Elvis...Read full review »
Cameronhi521 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/17/20
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