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Published on June 8th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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The Ongoing History of New Music Encore Presentation: The History of Indie Rock, Part 2

All change, all evolution, all revolution in music comes from the street. It’s up to indie musicians, indie labels and the people who believe in them to propel our music forward. This is the way it’s always been since the beginning of rock. “The History of Indie Rock” is a four-part Ongoing History series that seeks to give credit where credit is due and to help explain how our music got to where it is today. Part two of the series will deal with what happened in the indie alt-rock world in the late 70s and early 80s. For all of you asking for me to talk about hardcore, there’s plenty here for you.

Songs featured on this week’s show:

Theadora Kelly Project, “Indie Hipster Kid”

Buzzcocks, “Boredom”

Specials, “Gangsters”

Joy Division, “Digital”

M|A|R|R|S, “Pump Up the Volume”

My Bloody Valentine, “Soon”

Primal Scream, “Velocity Girl”

The Smiths, “This Charming Man” (NY Vocal)

Black Flag, “Wasted”

Bad Religion, “Bad Religion”

Dead Kennedys, “California Uber Alles”

Here’s Eric Wilhite’s playlist for the show.

Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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