Twirl Radio #813 – Bill Kopp

After ten years at a National Public Radio station in Chicago, Mike Lidskin returned to California in 1997 and created Twirl Radio, a weekly two hour radio program which features the finest independent music and artists from the rock era. Mike’s on a mission to not “just spin rock music, but to educate listeners about this vital art form.” Indeed, he doesn’t just announce the songs, but gives histories about some of the artists, the albums, and the songs themselves.

You can catch Twirl live each Saturday afternoon, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM PST on Sacramento’s Voice, KUBU 96.5 FM, and archived right here, as well as at If you haven’t headed into your Saturday night with an earful of Twirl, you’re doing it wrong!

Artist | Track | Album
Spygenius | Shall I Show You In My Mirror? | Pacéphale
Michael Carpenter | Girlfriend | Altered Sweet: A Tribute to Matthew Sweet
Cootes Paradise | What Makes You So Cold | Cootes Paradise
The Bottle Kids | Let Me In On This Action | Let Me In On This Action
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic) | Single release
Maxi Dunn | Pull You Down | Welcome To Soonville
Desario | Wayside | III

Bill Kopp interview
Pink Floyd | Lucifer Sam | The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Pink Floyd | Fat Old Sun | 1970 Devi/ation
Pink Floyd | The Riot Scene | 1979 Devi/ation
Pink Floyd | Time | The Dark Side Of The Moon

Edward Rogers | TV Generation | TV Generation
Sunshine Boys | Billy Boy | Single release
The Crushing Violets | Fade | Starless Sky
Richard X. Heyman | Her Garden Path | Incognito
Anton Barbeau | Just Passing By | Natural Causes
Lloyd Cole | To The Lions | Don’t Get Weird On Me, Babe
Walker Brigade | I Wanna Destroy You | Therapy Animal
Duncan Faure | In The Right Place | Anthology
Gail George | Delaney James | Bloom
The Clash | Four Horsemen | London Calling
Lannie Flowers | Give Me A Chance | LIVE in NYC
My Little Hum | Geography Lesson | Remembering Houses
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Sleeping With Me | Mistakes
Nick Heyward | Reach Out For The Sun | The Apple Bed


Today’s show marks our first ever visit with music writer/author Bill Kopp. I’ve been following his work for several years with his Musoscribe blog. He’s really prolific–since 2009, he’s published over 2000 pieces there. He usually has a new article or review up there every business day. As if that weren’t enough writing about music, he is about to publish a full length biography of a specific period of Pink Floyd, and I think the title says it all: “Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon”.

The book is extremely well researched and written. It’s all about the musical journey that Pink Floyd took. They started out as a sort of experimental psychedelic rock band, founded and led by eccentric genius Syd Barrett. He left the band, and they were a band with a record deal, but no real songwriters and no vision to speak of. Within five years, they released one of the most renowned concept albums in history. Bill’s book describes in great detail, how this transformation came to be. He did his homework too–interviewing the likes of Robyn Hitchcock and Jerry Shirley, as well as learning 18 Pink Floyd songs and performing them in public. His perspective is from the inside out.

We also played some great new indie music from the still-young year of 2018. Artists from all over the world, such as Spygenius, Michael Carpenter, Cootes Paradise, The Bottle Kids, and Anton Barbeau. If you had even half as much fun listening to the show as I did producing it, then, well, you had a lot of fun!


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