Pop Chronicles

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The Pop Chronicles was a radio documentary on the history of popular music. It focused on music popular in America in the 1950s and 1960s. It was written, hosted, and narrated by John Gilliland (1935-1998).[1] It first aired in 1969.[2][3]

Gilliland interviewed Frank Zappa for the documentary on 3.5.1969 in Glendale, California.[4] This was after the series had begun airing[3] and appears to be 4 days before parts of this interview first aired.[2] Zappa rerecorded his interview because of technical difficulties with the original recording.[5]

Zappa appears in shows 5, 8, 11, 14, 20, 34, 43, 54, and 55.[4][6]


  1. John Gilliland's Pop Chronicles
  2. 2.0 2.1 KRLA POP CHRONICLES Program, 1969 (1 of 2)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Pop Chronicles' Chronicle Pop
  4. 4.0 4.1 T-Z interview index
  5. Gilliland, John (1997). "On Chronicling Pop". In Barrett, Don. Los Angeles radio people: Volume 2, 1957-1997. Valencia, CA: Db Marketing. ISBN 978-0-9658907-0-0. (The pages in this book are not numbered, but Gilliland's essay is located between the E and F entries.)
  6. Index to "Pop Chronicles"