Johnson's Improbable History of Pop

KPBX: Saturday 9pm-10pm

John Johnson conducts a tour of the obscure world of early rock and pop music. The 95% of records that never got commercial airtime have a home, Johnson’s Improbable History of Pop features those artists who fell through the commercial cracks.

June Programs

Jun 2, 2017

June 3, 2017
British Hard Rock Contenders

The stories of Spooky Tooth and Steamhammer, who both issued multiple quality albums with modest commercial success.

June 10, 2017
Joy Division

A look at the influential post punk from Manchester U.K. band featuring vocalist Ian Curtis and future members of New Order.

June 17, 2017
Second Stax of Memphis

A follow-up to a 2007 show, with highlights from the second box set of Stax singles focused on 1968 to 1971 and the transition from soul to funk.

May Programs

May 3, 2017

May 6, 2017
Still Going Fast

Check Berry, Hoyt Axton, the Beach Boys, and Spokane's own Charlie Ryan with tales of vehicles and their drivers that zoom by you in an instant. A follow-up to a 2009 episode.

May 13, 2017
Bob Dylan's Epics

Some of the recent Nobel Prize winner's greatest long songs, including the best ever live version of "Desolation Row."

April Programs

Apr 3, 2017

April 1, 2017
Leon Russell
A birthday eve tribute to the recently departed Oklahome born singer/songwriter (encore from 11/28/09)

April 8, 2017
Walkabouts

Formed at Whitman College, this Northwest band has attained huge success in Germany but little recognition in their homeland (encore from 6/22/13)

April 15, 2017
The First Rocking Soul Band

Led by influential guitar Lowman Pauling, the Five Royales blazed a trail in the 1950's for the soul sounds of the next decade.

March Programs

Feb 25, 2017

March 4, 2017
Through the Looking Glass

A special effects packed singles from the U.K.'s psychedelic explosion of the late 1960's. Including such nearly lost in time worthies as Dantalion's Chariot, the Tickle, the Rats, Rupert's People, and the Crocheted Doughnut Ring.

February Programs

Jan 31, 2017

February 4 & 11, 2017
Here Comes Summer

The ice and snow will eventually melt, that's a promise. Meanwhile change your own climate with a two part special on songs about summer and the warmer days ahead. Including Bob Dylan, the Monkees, Flaming Lips, B 52's, Peggy Lee, Gordon Lightfoot, Ramones, Jimi Hendrix, and many more.

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