Ongoing History of New Music

The Ongoing History of New Music Episode 711: Hard Time: Musicians Who Have Gone to Jail

The community of musicians is like any other. While most people are good, you will have your bad actors:  musicians who murder, rape, rob and commit all sorts of horrible crimes. That’s the focus of this week’s show: alt-rockers who have ended up in the slammer doing hard time.

The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

And if things go well, the show will soon be heard on a few other stations. We just lost Winnipeg this week (not our fault; a format change).  I’m also looking for outlets in Vancouver, Kamloops, Kelowna, Red Deer, Grand Prairie, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. Anyone? Anyone want to start a campaign?

Meanwhile, if you want to go really deep into some of this stories, head to, which is the official archive of all things Ongoing History. This is a place for super fans of alt-rock. Hope you can take a look and start contributing to the stories.

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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4 thoughts on “The Ongoing History of New Music Episode 711: Hard Time: Musicians Who Have Gone to Jail

  • Your shows are the absolute best thong on the radio. Live 88.5 should give you a full afternoon…hell..a full day would be better! Thank you for all your hard work!

  • Can you PLEASE find a way to make these episodes downloadable? I love this show but I can’t listen to it because I’m at work and by the time I’m home, I missed half of it.

    • I know, I know. But it’s all about music licensing. It’s impossible do make full shows with the music downloadable because of a billion regulatory restrictions. Believe me, if we could, we would. There are, however, some interesting compromises in the works.

      • Nifty! That sounds to me like they’re being mixed into Spotify/Rdio/etc. playlists. (Which would be effing awesome if true.)


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