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][4]

Gilliland interviewed Frank Zappa for the documentary on March 5, 1969 in Glendale, California.[5][6] 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 parts of an earlier interview because of technical difficulties with its original recording[7] on December 8, 1967.[8] The show included Zappa reading from his article "The Oracle Has It All Psyched Out" about the film Blackboard Jungle.[5][9] The entire Pop Chronicles interview has been provided by the John Gilliland Collection at the University of North Texas.[10]

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


  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. The Pop Chronicles Of The 50s And 60s
  5. 5.0 5.1 Pop Chronicles Interviews #128 - Frank Zappa, part 1
  6. 6.0 6.1 T-Z interview index
  7. 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.)
  8. Pop Chronicles interview
  9. Show 5 - Hail, Hail, Rock 'n' Roll: The rock revolution gets underway.
  10. Frank Zappa Interview Transcripts from the John Gilliland Collection at the University of North Texas.
  11. Index to "Pop Chronicles"