Here’s the Lineup for the Ongoing History Labour Day Binge Listen

After a three-year hiatus, The Ongoing History of New Music returns today (September 1) at 12n ET for a twelve-hour binge listen on 102.1 The Edge/Toronto featuring some of the most popular episode from the 691-show archive. The first new episode of this resurrection will debut next Sunday (September 7) at 7pm with a repeat at 11pm Monday.  Just like the old days, you know?

But back to Labour Day.  Here’s what’s coming up

Before They Were Famous: A look at what today’s famous musicians were up to before they got to be famous. Includes plenty of musical material from those old days. You may be shocked at the way things used to be.

Ongoing History’s Greatest Interview Moments (Parts 1 and 2): Just like it sounds. There have been some good interviews, some bad ones and plenty of weird ones.

A Tour of Rock Shrines: If you’re going to engage in some alt-rock tourism, make sure you get it right.

The Rise and Fall of Madchester (Parts 1 and 2): I got my buddy Gaz Whelan, drummer for the Happy Mondays, to tell the story of Madchester.  Hey, he was there–and he remembers most of it, too. Okay, some of it–but the best stuff, I swear.

Essential Debut Albums: Again, just like it sounds. These artists got their careers off to a brilliant start. What could possibly be on this list?

Jack White (Parts 1 and 2): The dude is so interesting that it took more than one show to tell his story.

Selling Out (Parts 1 and 2): What does it mean to “sell out?” And how selling out went from being the worst possible insult you could throw at an artist to an admirable virtue.

Input and feedback is welcome. And don’t forget that if you have a topic suggestion, let me know about it and I’ll throw it into the hopper.



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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