Pop Chronicles Interviews #163 - Ralph J. Gleason

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  1. Definition of himself as a critic; rock as a substantive genre; factors leading to rise of rock; Mitch Miller 0:05:13
  2. Mitch Miller continued; political undertones in rock; appeal of authenticity in music; what appeals to people in songs; uniqueness of songwriting as an artistic medium 0:06:15
  3. Relationship between jazz, rhythm and blues; racism in society and effects of segregation of record markets; "Don't Let the Sun Get You Crying" as example; British access to rhythm and blues; role of San Francisco ballroom scene 0:04:34
  4. San Francisco scene ("rock 'n' roll came of age here"); what drew people to San Francisco; the San Francisco sound and the mid-1960s; the Fillmore; the Family Dog; Bill Graham and Chet Helms 0:05:48
  5. Bill Graham continued; impact of urban renewal on venues; cultural openness in San Francisco; the San Francisco sound continued; Paul Butterfield; Sir Douglas Quintet; the electric guitar and bass 0:05:30
  6. Bands' approaches to volume; Gleason's book The Jefferson Airplane and the San Francisco Sound; current important bands in San Francisco scene 0:05:22
  7. Moby Grape; Quicksilver Messengers; Gleason's selections of exemplary San Francisco music; Beatles; Bob Dylan; drug scene in San Francisco; extensive discussion of marijuana and society 0:07:29
  8. Creativity and psychedelic drugs; definition of "acid rock"; Frank Zappa; hippie subculture and the Beat Generation; origin of the term "hippie"; level of criticism in pop music publications 0:08:48
  9. Frank Zappa; lack of history or encyclopedia of rock; maturation of review columns; commercialism versus "underground" music; Bob Dylan; Woodstock, Isle of Wight, and similar festivals; love-ins and be-ins; where music and pop culture are headed; closing comment 0:06:39


Recording of John Gilliland interviewing critic Ralph J. Gleason in Berkeley, California for the Pop Chronicles radio program series.

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Gilliland, John September 18, 1969.


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Recording of John Gilliland interviewing critic Ralph J. Gleason in Berkeley, California for the Pop Chronicles radio program series.

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1 recording (55 min., 38 sec.)


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John Gilliland's Pop Chronicles

Conceptualized in 1967 after attending the Monterey International Pop Music Festival, John Gilliland's "The Pop Chronicles" traces the history of popular music from the 1950's through the 1960's. Mr. Gilliland wrote, narrated and produced these 55 hours of broadcasting first airing at KRLA Pasadena, California. in February 1969. The pop music history is told by an interleaving of Mr. Gilliland's narration, music, and comments from the interviews of the people directly involved in the music scene of the day.

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  • September 18, 1969

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Gilliland, John. Pop Chronicles Interviews #163 - Ralph J. Gleason, audio recording, September 18, 1969; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1692107/: accessed February 28, 2024), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Music Library.

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