Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

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Category: Bill Kirchen

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Dieselbilly for the Long Hairs

Somebody [the Commander himself, I would later learn] went to considerable effort to stitch together all these images to tell the story behind Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen‘s “Truck Stop Rock” from 1972’s Hot Licks, Cold Steel & Trucker Favorites album — the least you can do is

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(Inter) Galactic Twist Queens

One of my mom’s neighbors and good friends was present at the founding of Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen and served as part of an accompanying group of renegade (redundant?) performance artists — agents of history who helped to generate the band’s initial buzz.  Yet, their story remains

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“Smoke and Mirrors”: Truck-Drivin’ Cautionary Tale

We will likely never know just how many people were lured to the truck driving profession as a result of the romantic and freewheeling images fueled by truck driving country music during its 1960s & 70s heyday.   Fortunately, we can all thank Alan MacEwen of veteran DC band, The Grandsons,

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