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Dead Rock Stars

Mick Wall, Joel McIver and 7digital.

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Dead Rock Stars is a new, enlightening yet wholly amusing podcast presented by former Classic Rock editor and star Kerrang! writer Mick Wall and Metal Hammer and The Quietus regular Joel McIver. Between them, these two rock writers have written over fifty books on music and contributed to dozens of publications. The new podcast, produced by 7digital – whose resumé includes Bruce Dickinson’s Rock Show and Radcliffe And Maconie for BBC 6 Music radio show – celebrates Wall and McIver’s combined ...
 
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In this episode of Getcha Rocks Off, Mick Wall and his guest co-host, author and journalist Jon Hotten, as they jump into a DeLorean and venture back in time to the spandex and AquaNet hairspray-adorned Sunset Strip of West Hollywood in the '80s. They unpack many tales from their travels, and explore: - the iconic Rainbow Bar & Grill - the origins …
 
In the final episode of the first series of Dead Rock Stars, we present a contractual obligation fulfilling Greatest Hits. Just thank Dio we didn't opt for a live album. Or our very own Metal Machine Music. Talking of which, you'll find a heated discussion about that very album, plus chat about Bon Scott's nickname of Road-test Ronnie, Rick Parfitt…
 
In this latest thrilling episode, Mick and Joel pick over the life, loves and legacy of the greatest rock star of them all. The Big Cheese, the full enchilada, the deep-fried cheese burger. Or simply, The King. Elvis Aaron Presley is the pioneer of rock 'n roll. the man who created a road-map for rock stars before rock stars even existed. From a di…
 
This week, seasoned rock writers Mick Wall and Joel McIver shine the spotlight on Marc Bolan; with a Gibson set to stun and corkscrew hair, he wasn't no square. Bolan was a true original, moving from late Sixties acoustic hippy whimsy to hard rocking, glamtastic boogie by the turn of the decade, and in doing so influencing a slew of artists, his fr…
 
In this thrilling episode of the podcast, Mick and Joel take a deep dive into the fast life and times of the finest female rock singer of them all - Janis Joplin. From being a troubled Texan teenager to the hit sensation at the 1967 Monterey pop festival, and a peer of Jimi Hendrix, Grace Slick and Jim Morrisson, Janis always seemed destined to bur…
 
This week, Mick and Joel turn their keen eye and quick wits to the late, great Jack Bruce. Jack was a highly gifted musical prodigy, with a love for jazz and classical music, but who came to prominence in the British blues boom of the early Sixties, finding himself rubbing shoulders and sharing stages with the likes of Alexis Korner, Mick Jagger, G…
 
In this episode, esteemed rock writers Mick Wall and Joel McIver look at the purple reign of Prince. From teenage wunderkind, signed at 17 to a major label and given complete creative control to his stunning Super Bowl performances, Prince's life was not like other musicians'. Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, auteur, movie star,…
 
In Dead Rock Stars, Mick Wall and Joel McIver once again travel to Seattle, the home of grunge music, but also home to an abnormally large number of rockers resting in peace. This week they explore the life of Chris Cornell, frontman for Soundgarden and Audioslave. Chris was also flat-mates with Andrew Wood, flamboyant frontman with Mother Love Bon…
 
This episode, Mick and Joel look at the enigmatic Syd Barrett, one time leader of the fledgling Pink Floyd. Though Syd's time in Pink Floyd was only brief his idiosyncratic songs have proven to be hugely influential and continue to reverberate through the decades. Bringing an eccentric Englishness to the burgeoning prog/psyche scene in the mid-Sixt…
 
In the latest thrilling episode, Mick and Joel take a wise and witty wonder through the fast life and tumultuous times of Ronnie Van Zant, frontman of Florida rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd. Best known for Sweet Home Alabama and the epic Freebird, Skynyrd are usually portrayed as wild bunch of redneck renegades. There's certainly more than a grain of truth…
 
This week, it's the turn of the most gifted guitarist of his generation to come under the spotlight. James Marshall Hendrix blazed a hugely fertile and creative path in his four years in the limelight. No other guitar-slinger has bettered him for not just his guitar flash, but his songwriting, sonic experimentation, showmanship, or other worldly fl…
 
This week our intrepid and insightful rock scribes Mick and Joel look at the brief but brilliant life of Randy Rhoads, one-time guitarist with Quiet Riot. But more famously, Randy was Ozzy Osbourne's right-hand man following his departure from Black Sabbath. Along with Sharon Arden (later Mrs Osbourne), Randy was absolutely fundamental in resurrect…
 
In this episode of the podcast, grizzled rock writers Joel and Mick turn their highly attuned attention to the golden boy of grunge, Kurt Cobain. In a brief but blistering 4 years, Kurt went from social outcast to being the Jesus Christ of popular music, The music he spearheaded, and the bands who followed in his slipstream (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam,…
 
In this episode, Mick and Joel scrutinise the short life of folk artist Sandy Denny. Sandy was a key figure in the evolution of folk rock, being a great songwriter, but one who also brought traditional songs to the fledgling Fairport Convention and was kept to the creation of their seminal Liege & Lief album. She's also the only artist to have gues…
 
In this week's Dead Rock Stars, there's double trouble as Mick and Joel dissect the lives of brothers Darrell and Vinnie Abbott. Their band Pantera quickly rose from being an enthusiastic and talented (if derivative) hair metal act, to groundbreaking artists whose 1994 album Far Beyond Driven one of the most extreme albums to debut at number one on…
 
In this week's episode, Mick and Joel take a deep dive into the life of Lou Reed, one of rock music's most complicated, challenging and caustic artists. From his start with the Andy Warhol proteges The Velvet Underground, to his collaborations with David Bowie and Metallica then on to his avant garde - and sometimes impenetrable - solo work, Lou Re…
 
In this episode of Dead Rock Stars, Mick and Joel turn their steely gaze upon the fast life and times of Bon Scott, AC/DC's bawdy, brawling and boozy frontman. As you'll discover, despite his fearsome reputation, Bon was in fact an erudite, well read fella, which in turn informed his wickedly brilliant lyrics. But the sad death in a stranger's car …
 
In the latest eye and ear opening instalment of Dead Rock Stars, Mick Wall and Joel McIver take a look at the long and, quite frankly, legendary career of Rick Parfitt of Status Quo. Though often derided by snobby critics for their reliance on 3 chord boogie, The Quo was a band of the people. In fact, they had 60+ top 40 singles in the UK, and were…
 
Cliff Burton was that rare thing; not only was he a hugely talented bass player, but he was a bass player who was the driving force behind his band In his all too brief three year stint with Metallica, he gave them the drive, desire and determination to go from being underground warriors to the biggest metal band on the planet. But tragically, Clif…
 
Revered rock writers Mick Wall and Joel McIver scrutinise the Bad Reputation of Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott, singer and songwriter, rocker and romantic, bard and brawler. An illegitimate child of mixed race, Phil escaped his tough Dublin childhood to front the powerhouse hard rockers Thin Lizzy. And yet despite a clutch of killer albums, a formidable …
 
In the latest episode, revered rock journos Mick Wall and Joel McIver take a personal, passionate and - at times - profound look at the career of David Jones, once of Brixton, now of the greater universe (via Mars, of course). Bowie was one of rock's most influential innovators and visionaries, and his passing in January 2016 is still somewhat hard…
 
In the latest thrilling instalment of Dead Rock Stars, legendary rock journalists Mick Wall and Joel McIver take an enthusiastic and enthralling look into the good times bad times of Led Zeppelin powerhouse drummer, John Bonham. Bonzo is widely considered the greatest rock drummer to ever wield two (sometimes four) sticks, has been endlessly sample…
 
In the third episode, revered rock writers Mick Wall and Joel McIver turn their insight and intellectual acuity to former Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. From his childhood in Zanzibar to completely conquering Wembley Stadium at Live Aid, Freddie's life was a rollercoaster ride. But one that was always gloriously OTT. As the singer for one of Brita…
 
In the second episode of Dear Rock Stars, the new podcast which eulogises and lionises our greatest fallen musicians, uber-journalists Mick Wall and Joel McIver turn their steely gaze on the career of the mighty Ronnie James Dio. One time Elf singer, Rainbow's first frontman, and the man who rescued Black Sabbath when he replaced Ozzy Osbourne in 1…
 
Episode 1 of Dead Rock Stars is devoted to everyone’s favourite departed headbanger and philosopher, Lemmy. The Motörhead founder, lifelong bon vivant and lover of speed and PG Wodehouse left this mortal plane in 2015. Joel McIver spent much quality time with the great man in the 1990s and 2000s, locked in debate about the political and cultural is…
 
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