DISGRACELAND

DISGRACELAND

Murder, infidelity, suicide, arson, addiction, religious cults, drug trafficking; this podcast explores the alleged true crime antics and criminal connections of musicians we love like Jerry Lee Lewis, the Rolling Stones, XXXTentacion, Cardi B, the Grateful Dead, Tupac, Biggie, Amy Winehouse, Bob Marley and more. Why? Because real rock stars are more like feral, narcissistic animals than functioning members of society and that is precisely what makes them so damn entertaining. If you love true crime and you love music, you will love this award winning podcast. Disgraceland is a scripted, single voice narrative storytelling podcast that melds music, true crime, history and transgressive fiction. Disgraceland is not a journalistic podcast. It is an entertainment podcast inspired by true events. Certain dialogue and scenes are sometimes fictionalized for dramatic purposes as they are in most scripted entertainment mediums based on true events. Sources for each episode are available at disgracelandpod.com.... Show More

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October 20, 2020 46 min

The Grateful Dead became one of the most influential bands of all time and propelled themselves with improvisation, LSD and an ethos of “freedom." Through drug busts and CIA surveillance, they thrived and created one of the largest, most fervent and commercially consequential fan bases of all time. Freedom, LSD and improvised blues in the key of bummed the fuck out on this episode of Disgraceland. 

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"The First One," hosted by DJ Khaled, is a new interview podcast that goes behind the scenes with the world's biggest musical stars—artists like L'il Wayne, J Balvin, Big Sean, Jon Bon Jovi, and more— to learn more about their first big hit. "The First One" is produced by Lebron James' production company, Springhill Entertainment, and is available every Thursday, exclusively on Amazon Music.

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October 15, 2020 2 min

Dead and Gone, a podcast about missing and murdered Grateful Dead fans, is hosted by Jake Brennan and Payne Lindsey and premieres October 15th, 2020. Search for and subscribe to Dead and Gone on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Bootlegging whiskey, acid tests, grass, and songs about murder. The origins of the Grateful Dead are fascinating and not what most people think. Born out of the tradition of “old, weird America”; bluegrass, jug band music and deadly folk tales, the Grateful Dead, as young adults, were into some strange sh*t and we are all better for it. The band would go on to create their very own “new, weird America” due in part to the cultural i...

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Chet Baker, with his natural talent, unique voice and beautiful looks was known as “the James Dean of Jazz.” He was also a savage junkie and part time criminal. A one of a kind musician, his soft singing style and romantic playing enraptured Hollywood, the jazz world, and Europe. However, violence, crime, and drugs led to numerous prison stints and to one of the most mysterious deaths in music. Who or what killed the great Chet Bak...

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September 16, 2020 3 min

With so much going on during this insane year, Disgraceland checks in to keep you sorted on all the crazy rockstar content coming your way and how to make sure you don’t miss out on anything.

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Ice-T stoked the wrath of the President of the United States, led the life of a successful jewel thief, ran with one of LA’s most notorious street gangs, the Crips, was a soldier in the US Army, before that an orphan and along the way, he invented gangsta rap. But it wouldn’t be rap music that would threaten his career - it would be hardcore music, particularly the song “Cop Killer” from his band, Body Count.

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The Establishment strikes back in this second installment of the Rolling Stones time in Swinging London. UK pop star Donovan is busted, a precursor to the Stones Redlands bust. Mick Jagger is in jail looking at hard time. The tabloids and the coppers are in league to bring down the disruptive Rolling Stones while the myth of Keith Richards is born.

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London was swinging. Keith Richards was in jail. The Kray Twins were menacing about. Brian Jones was on too much LSD. Aristocrats were tripping over themselves to hang out with the Rolling Stones. England was smitten. The London Establishment was freaking out and the Stones’ manager wanted to know one thing: Would you let your daughter marry a Rolling Stone? 

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Few pop artists achieved the dizzying creative and career highs that Prince did. An artist who famously stayed away from drugs and most anything that would cause him to lose control, Prince was aided in his legendary musical output by a small army of creative alter egos, who helped him maintain control and helped him reign supreme as one of the greatest pop musicians of all time, until of course, all control was lost.

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June 2, 2020 23 min

A Studio 54 throwback, a sneak peek at Prince, reviewing the reviews with Citizen Critic. Getting weird with Dave and taking in the scene with a gangster lean with Love and of course, me reading the phone book.

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In the late seventies, Studio 54 was the place to be for musicians and celebrities alike. John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and others all famously hung out at the notorious club where hedonism was part of the venue’s allure. The success of Studio 54 was sudden and massive, resulting in mountains of cash, cocaine, jealousy, revenge, an FBI raid and an ironic ending for one of its owners.

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Did you or a loved one just graduate and miss out on a commencement and graduation speech? Or do you just love great advice rooted in an undeniably effective rock ’n’ roll ethos? Either way, you need to hear DISGRACELAND’s Jake Brennan dispense career advice to the class of 2020 through the lens of Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters’ legendary tour rider. Want to succeed in you career? Then be more like Dave. This content was original...

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Nipsey Hussle was more than just one of this generation’s most promising voices in hip hop. He was a social activist, a community leader and aspirational entrepreneur. His death was senseless and set off grief stricken testimonials from some of the biggest names in hip hop as well as from some of the biggest names in our culture period. It also set off a riot in the streets of Los Angeles where he came up on and was shot down on. H...

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Ozzy Osbourne, along with bandmates, Black Sabbath invented heavy metal and throughout Ozzy’s post-Sabbath solo career he would invent new, self destructive forms of sabotage. Arrested at an early age for breaking and entering, Ozzy Osbourne refused to conform to societal norms and common decency. He would go on to be arrested numerous times and escape too many near death experiences to recount, including a plane crashing into his ...

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Run DMC is directly responsible for elevating hip hop to previously unimagined heights. They took rap music into an entirely different direction and helped mainstream the genre. They were beloved as musicians, innovators and people. None more than their DJ, Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell, which makes understanding his senseless murder near impossible. Who killed Jam Master Jay and why? And why are there literally zero suspects when ...

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Joe Exotic, the gun toting, mullet wearing, polyamorous subject of the hit Netflix series, Tiger King was more than just a murder-minded conman. He could sing! You saw those videos. We did too. As a singer, Joe’s voice belied the tortured Everyman experience of some of the best country music crooners, hinting at deep trauma resulting from unspeakable loss, assault and violence. Most of which was for the most part, left on the cutti...

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(A special bonus episode of Disgraceland during this prolonged period of Covid-19 lockdown to help you pass the time.) John Denver was arguably one of, if not the biggest star of the seventies. His easy listening mainstream folk and his squeaky clean, environmentally friendly image made him a favorite in homes all across America. But was John Denver hiding a dark secret? One born of a mysterious military upbringing? A secret he wou...

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Little Richard is the originator. Without him it’s hard to imagine the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elton John or even Led Zeppelin. He blazed a trail through popular culture that previous to him did not exist. His music was completely original for the time, the essence of rock ‘n’ roll, filled with impassioned energy, fueled at times by large quantities of drugs and always brimming with sex. The sex, the drugs, and the party for Littl...

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Checking in. Here to help and keep you entertained and hopefully shine light on different ways we can all help one another get through this extremely anxious time.

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