A People's History of Music

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A People’s History of Music is a podcast to be produced by Eric Isaacson and Erin Yanke, with help from Rebecca Gilbert.

The podcast will focus on significant moments in the history of recorded music from the point of view of those with less power: usually the musicians. Most music history is told from the successful, the multimillionaires, the executives, the winning team. Culture, however, is created by a great many people, and many of those do not find themselves as part of the story of music history.

Funded in part by a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Thank you RACC for supporting the stories and the artists!


 "Always Love over Gold" (the motto of Mississippi Records)

Photo by ian.crowther is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

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Airs at: Tue, 07/21/2020 at 7:15am - 8:15am
Mississippi Records, Wyrd War, and The Hollywood Theater partnered to bring Penelope Spheeris to Portland in 2015 to screen all three of the Decline of Western Civilization movies, to celebrate their release on DVD and their culutral impact. Eric Isaacson interviewed Penel... Read more

Episode Three - URAL THOMAS

Airs at: Mon, 07/20/2020 at 7:00am - 8:00am
Ural Thomas has been a fixture in North Portland since he came home from participating in the big time (opening for Otis Redding and James Brown at the Apollo, for instance) and deciding it wasn't for him. He came home in 1970.From there, he made records, had a weekly all a... Read more


Airs at: Fri, 07/17/2020 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Portlands Christopher Kirkley of Sahel Sounds talks to Eric about running the label and showcases a few of their artists.   Thanks to RACC, the Regional Arts and Culture Council! Read more


Airs at: Fri, 07/17/2020 at 7:00am - 8:00am
Portland's Marisa Anderson plays some of her favorite music, and talks about her own. Thanks to the Regional Arts and Culture Council for some financial support for this podcast! Read more

A Peoples History of Music - Sneak Peak!

Airs at: Fri, 05/15/2020 at 7:00am - 8:00am
Eric Isaacson, Erin Yanke, and Rebecca Gilbert are working on a podcast about the People's History of Music. We look forward to brining you complex stories that show the commonalities between us musically  through space and time. For now, though, we're locked out of the KBO... Read more