The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 692

The last time I was able to present a brand new Ongoing History show to you was back in May 2011 with the airing of episode 691, which just happened to be the second half a profile of the whole Madchester era. A detour followed, but I’m now right back where we left off back then.

So: that detour.  What’s been going on in the intervening three years?  Well, I thought we’d use episode 692 to recap some of the, er, adventures that I’ve had during the hiatus.  This includes:

  • Trying to coach William Shatner how to sing.
  • Testifying against Courtney Love in a precedent-setting libel trial
  • Sending John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin to get me a cup of tea.
  • Getting all kinds of behind-the-scenes U2 stories from producer Steve Lillywhite.
  • Touching Florence + the Machine’s stuff when they weren’t in the studio.
  • Looking for punk rock in Beijing with the man who signed the Ramones.
  • Being kidnapped by the Happy Mondays.
  • Ending up on a couch at the Chateau Marmont next to Lady Gaga.

I swear it’s all true.  This and more on episode 692 of The Ongoing History of New Music, 7pm Sunday and again 11pm Monday on both 102.1 the Edge/Toronto and FM96 London.

BTW, more affiliates will be coming online across the country throughout the fall and winter. If you’re at a station who would like the show, just shoot me an email to [email protected] and we’ll get you set up. And if you’re a listener, why not demand that your local station grab the show?  Just sayin’, you know?


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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