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History in Five Songs with Martin Popoff

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History in Five Songs with Martin Popoff is the show that aims to make grand and often oddball hard rock and heavy metal points through a narrative built upon the tiny idea of a quintet of songs. Buttressed with illustrative clips, Martin argues quickly and succinctly why these songs - and the specific sections of these tracks - support his mad professor premise, from the wobbly invention of an “A... more

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In Episode 250, Martin ponders the question "when has a band 'found' their future sound in one song/album?" more

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In Episode 249, Martin pays homage to Black Sabbath's song "I" and explores some "self centered" songs. more

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In Episode 248, Martin dissects the first verse of the first track of some seminal metal gods. more

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4.7 out of 5 stars from 260 ratings
  • Lots of informative music fun.

    I don’t like to read the description so that the five songs are a surprise.

    Apple Podcasts
    Canada9 months ago
  • Love it

    I’ve been listening to this pod for a while now and Martin’s breadth of knowledge across rock music is quite impressive. He packs more information into a short 15-30 minute podcast than many longer form shows do. Also he gives a lot of love to overlooked bands from the 70s, 80s and 90s and has turned me on to some great tunes!

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago
  • Perfect for Metal enthusiasts!

    I consider myself quite knowledgeable on modern Heavy Metal (2000s onwards) but do know my fair share about traditional metal, but I found myself wanting to dig deeper and go further into the roots and origins ans then I found this amazing podcast that does exactly that - Martin is very knowledgeable and certainly knows his Metal. I’m going to begin a study of Metal based on my prior knowledge, what I’m reading and Martin’s podcast in the hope to understand the lineage of Metal and create a time... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom2 years ago
  • Amazing

    It is the best

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom2 years ago
  • Professor Popoff

    Love hearing this guy talk about music.Discovered him on a YouTube channel called Sea Of Tranquility.He is a regular guest on there.Was hoping to find his book about Blue Oyster Cult on here but this show will keep me occupied for awhile.

    United States3 years ago

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