Ed Ward

Rock Music Commentator, Fresh Air

Ed Ward is the rock-and-roll historian on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

A co-author of Rock of Ages: The Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll, Ward has also contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and countless music magazines. The first part of his two-volume history of rock and roll, covering the years 1920-1963, will be published by Flatiron Books in the fall of 2016.

Ward lives in Austin, Texas. He blogs at City on a Hill.

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When Memphis Made A Move On Nashville's Country Monopoly

A new nine-hour box set, titled Sun Country Box: 1950-1959, collects Sun Records' country output.

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