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Michael Atchison


Michael Atchison writes about music for The Bridge. He is the host of 'Revival' on The Bridge and the author of three books, including the novel “Mellow Submarine,” which Publishers Weekly calls “a fast-paced delight."

Articles by Michael Atchison

'Revival' Episode 4

Posted on May 6 2018 by Michael Atchison

Revival with Michael Atchison, your weekly alternative history of music, airs Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon. This week’s show features a rare track from Bruce Springsteen, one of Joni Mitchell’s biggest hits (and another song that mentions that one by name... [Read More]

'Revival' Episode 3

Posted on April 29 2018 by Michael Atchison

Revival with Michael Atchison is your weekly alternative history of music. From 10 a.m. to noon on Sundays, Revival brings you classic soul, rock and roll, vintage pop and much more, with rare tracks from legendary artists, songs you haven’t heard in ages... [Read More]

'Revival' Episode 2

Posted on April 22 2018 by Michael Atchison

Revival with Michael Atchison is your weekly alternate history of music. From 10 a.m. to noon on Sundays, Revival brings you classic soul, rock and roll, vintage pop and much more, with rare tracks from legendary artists, songs you haven't heard in ages a... [Read More]

Folk Alliance International: Five Gateway Acts

Posted on February 14 2018 by Michael Atchison

A few years ago, I interviewed Beck during his tour in support of “Morning Phase,” which went on to win the Grammy for Album of the Year. Despite a career-long penchant for bouncing between genres and employing futuristic electronics, he discu... [Read More]

Essential Tracks From The Clash

Posted on February 7 2018 by Michael Atchison

In 1960, a year after Buddy Holly’s death, the surviving members of the Crickets entered a recording studio with their new frontman. Though replacing Holly in the Crickets would be akin to replacing Don Corleone in “The Godfather,” Sonny Curtis filled the... [Read More]

Southern Men: Drive-By Truckers on the Righteous Path

Posted on January 24 2018 by Michael Atchison

Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley have had quite enough, thank you very much. They’re men of a certain age, born and raised in the South, where thoughtful people live in the shadow of a distant past, called to reckon with the sins of their great-great-great-... [Read More]

2017 in Review:  Living in the Post-Consensus World

Posted on December 20 2017 by Michael Atchison

The War on Drugs (left, photo from Atlantic Records) and Big Thief (photo by Shervin Lainez) released two of the top albums of the year. A couple of weeks ago, NPR posted its list of the best books of the year. I’ve always been a sucker for that sort of... [Read More]

In Case You Haven’t Heard: Winter Edition

Posted on December 13 2017 by Michael Atchison

It’s time for our periodic survey of songs that you might have missed in our messy musical landscape. Here are 10 new tracks calibrated to appeal to Bridge listeners, beginning with a pair of bands from down under. Check out the Spotify playlist to... [Read More]

Plymouth Rock: A Thanksgiving Playlist

Posted on November 21 2017 by Michael Atchison

Part of the reason that Christmas music has encroached so deeply into November may be that there's not much of a firewall of Thanksgiving songs to impede its progress. Sure, there are a few tunes explicitly about the year's penultimate major holiday, like... [Read More]

St. Vincent: Student, Apprentice, Star

Posted on November 15 2017 by Michael Atchison

Recently, I’ve been reading “Corn Flakes With John Lennon,” Robert Hilburn’s memoir of his decades documenting popular music for the Los Angeles Times. One of the earliest prominent writers on the subject of rock and roll, Hilburn chronicled every major m... [Read More]