I’m Looking for Some Ongoing History of New Music Superfans to Help with a Big Project

Earlier this month, a massive project was launched to bring almost every single Ongoing History of New Music program online. The platform is called Flink, which is best described as an ever-growing online coffee table book-type thing that’s fully interactive.  (A full explanation can be found here.)

The Ongoing History section of Flink is growing every week and will continue to grow for years to come. In short, this will be the repository of everything the show has ever covered since 1993.  The task is daunting, time-consuming and expensive–but I’m 100% committed to making it happen.

However, this won’t work without help from OH fans. In the short term, I’m looking for 100 superfans of the show to contribute to the stories with additions and comments. The goal is for the archive will continue to grow and grow and grow by being constantly updated.

For example, if you’re a fan of Tool, you can become part of the story by offering extra analysis and insight on their lyrics, music and mythology. And when there’s news about the next Tool album–There’s one in the works! Honest!–and you’re the first to hear about it, you can report on it.

Another example: if you’re a Foo Fighters fan, I could use some help tracking down all the different projects which have featured Dave Grohl. There are already dozens, but since the man will work with just about anyone, it’s a work in progress.

And because of the way Flink is built, anyone can become a music writer. And if you’re in a band–no matter how big or small–you can sign up for an account so you can promote yourself and your music.

Flink is also unique in the way you can earn status within the Flink community (the whole thing is gamefied)–and there’s even a way to earn some $$$ for yourself by sharing stories on Facebook and Twitter. This is very new, very different and hopefully very disruptive to the way music history works online.

But like I said, it won’t work without your help.  Could you do me a favour and give it a shot?  And please let me know what you think, okay?

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Alan Cross

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.

13 thoughts on “I’m Looking for Some Ongoing History of New Music Superfans to Help with a Big Project

  • October 27, 2014 at 10:19 am
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    Really great to see Flink doing well and you taking part in curating the OHNM content. I look forward to seeing how the project evolves and think I may add some commentary myself, I am keen on adding comments regarding the CFNY picnics and the “Toronto experience” that was so important to small town kids like myself as our identity was partially shaped through CFNY influence.

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  • October 27, 2014 at 10:27 pm
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    I’ll give it a go. Hook me up with some Flinkage!

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  • October 28, 2014 at 10:27 am
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    This sounds more fun than I can imagine. Count me in and tell me any other ways I can help!

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  • October 28, 2014 at 1:06 pm
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    Still really wish we could listen to the shows online. I missed this weeks show and it really really bums me out.

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    • October 28, 2014 at 1:22 pm
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      I know. I could explain why this is so difficult to do legally, but it would take about a day. Maybe more. It’s much, much, MUCH more complicated than it needs to be–yet such is the regulatory environment in which we live…

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  • October 28, 2014 at 1:44 pm
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    Seems strange that you gotta pay to contribute, just saying

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  • November 30, 2014 at 11:13 am
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    Do you still need help with this project? I would be happy to help out . . .

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      • November 30, 2014 at 8:39 pm
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        So, correct me if I’m wrong, but the idea of flink is to contribute thoughts and opinions regarding the stories posted therein, thereby creating a type of social history? And, if flink subscribers like what you’ve written, you earn points?

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  • October 1, 2016 at 10:10 am
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    I e been listening since summer before college in 1993. Your show has broadened my music spectrum so greatly. I would love to help out. Thank you!

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    • October 2, 2016 at 8:25 am
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      Aw, thanks. Unfortunately, this particular project has been shelved by its creators. Sorry about that…

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