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The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 760: This History of Indie Rock, Part 1

About ten days ago, I sat in on a talk by producer Steve Lillywhite who went off on a jag about the importance of the independent music scene.

Every musical trend starts with the indies,” he said, “because they’re in the street, not up in the towers.” This, in a nutshell, is the history and role of independent record labels and indie artists.

The next four Ongoing History shows are going to riff on this topic, specifically the contributions the people behind this part of the industry have made the growth and evolution of our music.

For this episode, we’ll rely on the following to tell the story:

The Killers, “Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll”

Velvet Underground, “I’m Waiting for the Man”

Bob Marley, “Jamming”

The Police, “Next to You”

Jonathan Richman, “Roadrunner”

Ramones, “Blitzkrieg Bop”

Talking Heads, “Psycho Killer”

Sex Pistols, “Anarchy in the UK”

The Damned, “New Rose”

Stiff Little Fingers, “Alternative Ulster”

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

We’re still looking for more affiliates in Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do.


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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One thought on “The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 760: This History of Indie Rock, Part 1

  • This I am not gonna miss !!!
    As far as indie goes in Canada I always thought of the Northern Pikes first,but I always realized there had to be more to this!!!


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