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NAMM launches Music History podcast

Laura  Barnes
NAMM launches Music History podcast

NAMM has announced a new podcast called “The Music History Project.” It will be led by the NAMM Oral History Resource Center and feature music product innovators, creators, influential music store retailers and more.

“In the last seventeen years, we’ve captured over 3,000 fascinating stories from all parts of the industry,” said Dan Del Fiorentino, NAMM Music Historian. “And the one thing that all the interviews have in common is that they articulate an undeniable passion for music. Through the format of the podcast, we’re able to showcase the stories of these living legends in their entirety and further preserve them for generations to come.”

The podcast taps the Resource Center’s vast interview archives of 3,000 and counting, as well as new interviews to create both thematic and long-format interviews which brings the vibrant history of music making and music products together for music fans to be inspired by the first-person stories from industry legends.

The Project will feature a new podcast every two weeks on Thursday. Its first episode tells the story of Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. The two-part series covers the efforts of Sun’s founder Sam Phillips to capture and record the “Memphis sound” with artists such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and more.
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Featured guests include Sun Records engineer, Matt Ross-Spang; Sun house drummer, J.M. VanEaton; Sun house guitarist, Roland James; drummer, W.S. Holland; lead sheet writer, Vernon Drane; Echoplex inventor, Mike Battle; and artists Sonny Burgess, Carl Mann, Scotty Moore and Ike Turner.

Upcoming podcasts will feature Les Paul and stories from those who worked closely beside him; a conversation with two-time Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame-inductee Graham Nash; and The History of the DJ, discussing the birth of turntablism featuring pioneering DJs including DJ Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Grand Wizzard Theodore, DJ Jazzy Joyce, DJ Grand Master Caz, and DJ Jazzy Jay.

Listen to the first episode of The Music History Project here.

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