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Pantheon Media
History in Five Songs with Martin Popoff
History in Five Songs with Martin Popoff is the show that aims to make grand and often oddball hard rock and heavy metal points through a narrative built upon the tiny idea of a quintet of songs. Buttressed with illustrative clips, Martin argues quickly and succinctly why these songs - and the specific sections of these tracks - support his mad professor premise, from the wobbly invention of an “American” heavy metal, to the influence of Led Zeppelin in hair metal or to more succinct topics like tapping and twin leads. The songs serve as bricks, but Martin slathers plenty of mortar. At the...
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Ratings & Reviews
4.7 stars from 124 ratings
Lots of informative music fun.
I don’t like to read the description so that the five songs are a surprise.
Jaympols via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 07/16/23
Love it
I’ve been listening to this pod for a while now and Martin’s breadth of knowledge across rock music is quite impressive. He packs more information into a short 15-30 minute podcast than many longer form shows do. Also he gives a lot of love to overlooked bands from the 70s, 80s and 90s and has...Read full review »
KW_77 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/11/23
Perfect for Metal enthusiasts!
I consider myself quite knowledgeable on modern Heavy Metal (2000s onwards) but do know my fair share about traditional metal, but I found myself wanting to dig deeper and go further into the roots and origins ans then I found this amazing podcast that does exactly that - Martin is very...Read full review »
Lazarus5687 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/11/22
Recent Episodes
In Episode 244, Martin focuses on the first four Led Zeppelin albums. He delves into artists who are compared and contrasted to the mighty Zep within reviews of those albums covering 1969 to 1971. Jeff Beck – “Let Me Love You” Blue Cheer – “Second Time Around” Rolling Stones – “Live with...
Published 02/27/24
In Episode 243, Martin focuses on bands that are referenced to compare Black Sabbath to, for better or worse. Cream – “N.S.U.” Grand Funk – “Paranoid” Led Zeppelin – “Black Dog” Todd Rundgren – “Black Maria” MC5 – “Miss X” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 02/20/24
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