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The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For February 22

by Marshall Crenshaw
The Beatles deplaning at JFK, photograph by Harry Benson from the new LIFE book, 'Paul McCartney'

Fifty years ago this month, when The Beatles arrived and conquered America, did they really save rock music from stasis and brain death, like some pundits say? On tonight's The Bottomless Pit at 10, the response to that question is: "Hell no! Are you joking?"  This week's show cuts through the clichés, hyperbole and the Beatles nostalgia overkill.

We'll hear selections from the WKNR Keener 13 Music Guide for January 2, 1964 (WKNR was my Detroit area Top 40 station of choice as a kid during the '60s). What we'll hear is a bunch of vital, exciting, and in some cases, forward-looking and forward-thinking popular music that rocks, all which happened to be on the chart the week before "I Want to Hold Your Hand" made its debut.

That's "The Bottomless Pit," Saturday nights at 10pm EST on 90.7FM WFUV and streaming online.

You can also find The Bottomless Pit in the FUV archives for up to two weeks after broadcast.