Ed Ward

Ed Ward is the rock-and-roll historian on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

A co-author of Rock of Ages: The Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll, Ward has also contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and countless music magazines.

Ward lives in Montpellier, France. He blogs at Ward in France.

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11:35am

Mon October 22, 2012
Music Reviews

The Big Man Behind 'Shake, Rattle And Roll'

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 2:59 pm

No figure in the history of rock 'n' roll is more incongruous than Big Joe Turner.
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Big Joe Turner's hardest-hitting singles have been collected on a new compilation, titled Big Joe Turner Rocks.

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12:11pm

Mon October 15, 2012
Music Reviews

More Than This: The 'Complete' Roxy Music

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 1:40 pm

Roxy Music's eight studio albums are now collected in one box set, titled The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982.
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Roxy Music's eight studio albums have just been collected in one box set, titled The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982.

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2:52pm

Mon October 1, 2012
Music Reviews

Out Of Industrial Wasteland, The English Beat Was Born

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 4:40 pm

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In 1978, it seemed that every kid in Britain wanted to be in a punk band. But in Birmingham, that blighted industrial scar in the middle of the island, there wasn't much punk to be seen. The oasis was a club called Barbarella's, and that's where Dave Wakeling and Andy Cox hung out.

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11:42am

Mon September 10, 2012
Music Reviews

The Forgotten Story Of Memphis' American Studios

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 12:41 pm

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"Son of a Preacher Man" was Dusty Springfield's debut on Atlantic. The entire album that spawned it, Dusty in Memphis, was recorded at American Studios.
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Memphis has been a music town since anyone can remember, and it's had places to record that music since there have been records. Some of its studios — Sun, Stax and Hi — are well-known, but American Studios produced its share of hits, and yet it remains obscure. But that's all likely to change with Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios, both a book and a CD out now.

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11:14am

Thu September 6, 2012
Music Reviews

Harmony, Teenagers And 'The Complete Story Of Doo-Wop'

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 11:31 am

Vocal groups like The Ink Spots went on for decades, often without a single member of the original group appearing with them.
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