Johnson's Improbable History of Pop!

Program Schedule

KPBX 91.1
Saturday 9pm - 10pm

John Johnson conducts a tour of the obscure world of early rock and pop music, featuring those artists who have fallen through the commercial cracks.

When the program began in February of 1995, Johnson said, “My mission is to provide that exposure, and give recognition to the fact that talent and hit records don’t have a lot to do with each other.” That still holds true today and way over 650 episodes later.

Program Listings:

April 5, 2014
Lou Reed Solo Years

An encore presentation from March, 2010 samples the wide depth and breadth of Lou's catalog after the Velvet Underground.

April 12, 2014
Barclay James Harvest

The early years of the British progressive rock band from Lancashire with a knack for melody and mellotrons.

April 19, 2014
Midwest Troubadors

Overlooked vintage singer/songwriters from the heartland, including Bill Wilson, Bob Martin, Maffitt/Davies, and Michael Angelo.

April 26, 2014
On Their Own

The good things that can happen when backline members of well known groups get to record solo albums including Rick Danko (Band), Keith Moon (Who), John Entwhistle (Who), and Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep).

May 3, 2014
Rod Stewart Before Hollywood

Hear his stylish and inventive mixes of blues, folk, country, rock, and soul in the years prior to superstar status.

May 10, 2014
Brenda Lee

A career tribute to the remarkably versatile country and pop vocalist cited by John Lennon as "my favorite singer."


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