The Sound of Freedom
An Interview with Christopher Hill

February 23, 2018

Interview by
Joanna Harcourt-Smith

In this week’s episode Christopher Hill speaks with Joanna about: despair and hope in The Beatles’s “A Day in the Life”; the role of the Beatles in the shift from the fifties to the the sixties; the Beach Boys and the expression of adolescent longing; Bob Dylan, rediscovering the cultural diversity beyond the mainstream culture; the difference between American and English musical psychedelia; Pink Floyd and the Piper at the Gates of Dawn; the Rolling Stones and the traditions of the “Lord of Misrule”; Timothy Leary on the influence of the English visionary tradition on rock music; female power and grace, Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane.

Christopher Hill has written about rock and roll music and other things in the pages of SpinRecord MagazineInternational MusicianChicago MagazineDownbeatSummit: The Mountain JournalDeep Roots Magazine, and other national and regional publications. His work has been anthologized in The Rolling Stone Record Review, and he is the author of “Holidays and Holy Nights”. His monthly column, “Apocrypha”, won an Associated Church Press award. Currently a contributing editor at Deep Roots Magazine, he lives in Madison, Wisconsin. His newest book is “Into the Mystic: The Visionary and Ecstatic Roots of 1960s Rock and Roll”.

“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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