Rag Radio: The History of Rock & Roll

Ward has done commentary on Fresh Air for the last 35 years, reaching 14 million listeners.

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Ed Ward, right, with Thorne Dreyer at the KOOP studios, Dec. 2, 2016. Photo by Roger Baker / The Rag Blog.

Ed Ward, the rock-and-roll historian on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, is the author of the recently published (by Flatiron Books) The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1, 1920-1963, which he discusses with Thorne Dreyer on this episode of Rag Radio.

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Ward, who was involved with South by Southwest from its founding, has done commentary on Fresh Air for the last 35 years, reaching 14 million listeners. Also co-author of Rock of Ages: The Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll, Ed has contributed to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and was on the staff of Crawdaddy!, Rolling Stone, and Creem, as well as the Austin American-Statesman and the Austin Chronicle. Ed blogs at City on a Hill. Ed was previously our guest on Rag Radio on November 7, 2014.

About The History of Rock & Roll: “For all music lovers and rock & roll fans, this sweeping history will shine a light on the far corners of the genre to reveal some of the less well-known yet hugely influential artists who changed the musical landscape forever.”

ragradio250x250Rag Radio is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The host and producer of Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, is a prominent Austin-based activist and writer who was a pioneer of the ’60s underground press movement. The show’s engineer and co-producer is Tracey Schulz and the staff photographer is Roger Baker. The syndicated show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP in Austin, is streamed live at Radio Free America, and is later rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., on Houston Pacifica’s KPFT HD-3 90.1-FM, and by KKRN, 88.5-FM in Round Mountain, CA — and is a featured podcast at Veterans Today. All Rag Radio podcasts can be found at the Internet Archive. Contact: [email protected].

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Rag Radio is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run, solar-powered community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The host and producer of Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, is a prominent Austin-based activist and writer who was a pioneer of the ’60s underground press movement. Visit the Rag Radio Archives.
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