The History of Rock & Roll

Ward has done commentary on Fresh Air for the last 35 years, reaching 14 million listeners.


Ed Ward, right, with Thorne Dreyer at the KOOP studios, Dec. 2, 2016. Photo by Roger Baker / The Rag Blog.

Ed Ward, the rock-and-roll historian on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, is the author of the recently published (by Flatiron Books) The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1, 1920-1963, which he discusses with Thorne Dreyer on this episode of Rag Radio.


Ward, who was involved with South by Southwest from its founding, has done commentary on Fresh Air for the last 35 years, reaching 14 million listeners. Also co-author of Rock of Ages: The Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll, Ed has contributed to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and was on the staff of Crawdaddy!, Rolling Stone, and Creem, as well as the Austin American-Statesman and the Austin Chronicle. Ed blogs at City on a Hill. Ed was previously our guest on Rag Radio on November 7, 2014.

About The History of Rock & Roll: “For all music lovers and rock & roll fans, this sweeping history will shine a light on the far corners of the genre to reveal some of the less well-known yet hugely influential artists who changed the musical landscape forever.”

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