Episodes
‘Moon the Loon.’ That’s the nickname. The bloke who drove a Rolls-Royce into a swimming pool. Who liked blowing up toilets and trashing hotel rooms. Moon’s life and death is one of pop music’s great cautionary tales. It’s textbook stuff. A man who becomes so grotesque that people forget what a genius he was. Before the drink and drugs and darkness reduce him to a husk. Is the golden age of rock really so golden, when its gods die so young?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out...
Published 05/04/22
Published 05/04/22
Lady Day was the greatest singer of a generation. A sound they’ll try and copy for years to come. A girl who starts with nothing, who runs with pimps and hookers, but grows up to diamonds, furs, and adulation. But there's always been heroin around jazz. And she's playing a game where the odds are stacked against her. There are powerful men who want to bring it all crashing down... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 04/27/22
It’s the era of the superstar DJ. And Tim Bergling, or Avicii, is A-list. He’s on an endless carousel. Lights, music, screams, good times. Whirling faster and faster, on and on… Tim controls the tunes. But when he wants to get off, when he’s had enough of the ride, enough of being Avicii, who’s in control then? And what's left? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 04/20/22
Jimi Hendrix is the most famous rock star in the world. The biggest showman. A god, in a new musical universe. But he doesn't look like that anymore. Doesn't feel like that. Has nothing to show for it. He's paranoid, too. Who’s watching? Who’s listening? Who wants money now? And soon it'll all come crashing down... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 04/13/22
Biggie Smalls was the King of New York. But his reign doesn’t last long. Less than three years after his coronation, he’s shot dead. A very modern regicide. A hail of bullets pumped into the side of his SUV. We still don’t know who did it or why. What a waste… Or was it? The people chanting his name, as his funeral winds through Brooklyn, don’t think so. Maybe it’s better to be king for a day, however rickety the throne, than settle for a long, desperate slog... See acast.com/privacy for...
Published 02/24/22
In the real world, you’d be scared of Bon Scott. But in the world of rock and roll, he’s perfect. He's on a Highway to Hell and you’re ready to strap yourself in and join him. But there are things you don't know. How he’s trapped in a cycle of uppers and downers, benders and comedowns. How he wants to quit this life but everyone else is keeping him strapped in. And how he’s about to crash and burn for real... WARNING: this episode contains references to drug abuse. If you’ve been affected by...
Published 02/17/22
Dennis Wilson's a Beach Boy. He’s always there, but...not there. The drummer, but not the one who drums on their biggest records. His face on the album covers, his sound left off the hits. The best-looking one, the one they think’s the Steve McQueen or James Dean of the band, but the first to die. The one who slips away, when no-one’s looking... WARNING: this episode contains references to drug and alcohol abuse. If you’ve been affected by any of the issues we spoke about in this podcast or...
Published 02/10/22
Maybe you know Nick Drake. The songs, the sound. How he wants to be famous but won’t do what it takes. How he’s never a pop star, but people love him like he’s their private hero.  But people didn’t know him when he lived. He seemed… invisible. And he should’ve faded away with the 70s, with his death. But instead, something magical happens… WARNING: this episode contains references to drug abuse, addiction, and suicide.  If you’ve been affected by any of the issues we spoke about in this...
Published 02/03/22
Tupac Shakur. He’s a gangster and a genius. A cliched death, but a unique life. America’s grim reality and its sacred dream, all in one. Shots fired on tracks will rebound into real life. But Tupac will always live on. Not in Cuba, Haiti or a Coachella holographic. But in deep ideas, and the impact he had. You just have to look a little harder... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 01/27/22
Sweet Janis Joplin. She should never have strayed so far from the apple tree of her youth. But if she was still with us, surely she’d say: what chance did I have? All her life, Janis wrote songs that were achingly sad. She never wanted much. Just a pair of arms to hold her close. Even if it was for just one night. But she was always left chasing that bright, elusive butterfly of love... WARNING: This episode contains references to drug abuse and addiction. If you've been affected by any of...
Published 01/20/22
With Jim Morrison, everything’s always somewhere between truth and myth. You don’t know what’s real, it’s all bent together. There’s things that make you love him, make you hate him. Things that make you uncomfortable. It’s a wild ride, with Jim. And if you get out alive? You’re the lucky one… WARNING: This episode contains references to drug abuse and addiction. If you've been affected by any of the things we mention in this show, go to crowdnetwork.co.uk/helplines to find people who can...
Published 01/13/22
Kurt Cobain doesn’t look like the spokesman for an angry generation. Then he starts picking at his guitar and singing. Rasping, like a chainsaw cutting down a tree. Ugly and beautiful, vulnerable and certain. But he can’t see his own appeal. He hates himself. And less than five month after his most famous gig, he’ll end up dead… WARNING: this this episode contains references to drug abuse, addiction, and suicide.  If you’ve been affected by any of the issues we spoke about in this podcast or...
Published 01/06/22
From the makers of Death of a Rock Star, this is We Didn't Start The Fire. If you'd like to hear more, just search for 'We Didn't Start The Fire' in your podcast app. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 12/13/21
From the makers of Death of a Rock Star, this is We Didn't Start The Fire. If you want more, just search for 'We Didn't Start The Fire' in your podcast app. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 12/13/21
From the makers of Death of a Rock Star, this is dot com. It's the podcast documentary series about the people of the internet, and series one opens the door on the weird and wacky world of Wikipedia. All six episodes are out now. Just search for 'dot com' in your podcast app.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 11/23/21
There’s a new podcast out that we’d like you to hear. It’s called American Vigilante and features a guy called KC who has an extraordinary life story. He rescues kidnapped children, hunts down missing people and goes head-to-head with the Mexican Mafia. He calls himself “a monster hunter”. For the past few months he’s been speaking to Sam Walker, who has been recording every one of their conversations. It’s a fascinating series, and if you want to hear the second episode, you just need to...
Published 09/24/21
From the makers of Death of a Rock Star, this is Death of a Film Star. Episode 1: Heath Ledger. If you'd like to hear more, search for 'Death of a Film Star' in your favourite podcast platform, or click here: https://podfollow.com/1562008537. When you see the news, his face stays with you. Heath Ledger as the Joker. Smeared in white grease paint, a slash of red across the mouth, a shock of dark blue around the eyes. When you take on a part so completely, it’s hard to get out. Things...
Published 04/12/21
Buddy Holly came and went so fast. Inspired the Beatles, inspired the Stones. His songs soundtrack so many lives, but he was the first of the rock’n’roll legends to go down in flames. The day, as we all now know, when the music died.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 03/18/21
Some bands could be from anywhere. You can’t hear their home in the bassline, feel the streets and skies in the guitars. But Joy Division and Ian Curtis are pure Manchester - an old town, a new town, a city that tears down the past and falls into the future.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 03/11/21
You can’t talk about TLC without talking about all three. But there’s always a point to every triangle, and TLC’s is Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes. It’s her creativity, her contradictions and the way she could start fires. But there’s a bigger battle underneath it all. Poet vs rock star. Health fanatic vs alcoholic. Lover vs a warrior fixated on revenge. This is the story of how it all fits together…   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 03/04/21
It’s an unusually warm December day in New York City. Mild enough to linger on the sidewalk. To make time for people. But today is different. Because the madness is coming back. On this benign day, from out of a clear American sky.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 02/25/21
WARNING: This episode contains graphic descriptions and references to drug abuse. Sid Vicious. The name is potent, a kind of manifesto in itself. For some people, Sid Vicious is punk, its ultimate poster boy. But there nothing heroic about the tragedy of Sid Vicious, a boy whose only talent turned out to be for self-destruction.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 02/18/21
WARNING: This episode contains references to suicide. In The End. If you’ve heard any Linkin Park song, it’s that one. Chester Bennington sings about nothing really mattering. But if that’s how he truly felt in the end, he was wrong. Chester may be gone, but his music still speaks for him. In the end, he never stopped. And neither does his story. If you’ve been affected by any of the issues spoken about in this podcast, please go to crowdnetwork.co.uk/helplines to find a list of people...
Published 02/11/21
It’s all back to front, with Eva. The radio only notices when she’s gone. You hear her and she’s not there to explain why she sings like this, what’s formed her. The love comes after the death. And that’s how the story of Eva Cassidy has to be told, the only way it makes sense. We start at the end, and we work backwards.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 02/04/21