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Author: iHeartRadio & Jake Brennan

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Murder, infidelity, suicide, arson, addiction, religious cults, drug trafficking; this podcast explores the alleged true crime antics and criminal connections of musicians we love like Jerry Lee Lewis, the Rolling Stones, XXXTentacion, Cardi B, the Grateful Dead, Tupac, Biggie, Amy Winehouse, Bob Marley and more. Why? Because real rock stars are more like feral, narcissistic animals than functioning members of society and that is precisely what makes them so damn entertaining. If you love true crime and you love music, you will love this award winning podcast. Disgraceland is a scripted, single voice narrative storytelling podcast that melds music, true crime, history and transgressive fiction. Disgraceland is not a journalistic podcast. It is an entertainment podcast inspired by true events. Certain dialogue and scenes are sometimes fictionalized for dramatic purposes as they are in most scripted entertainment mediums based on true events. Sources for each episode are available at disgracelandpod.com.

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Ice-T stoked the wrath of the President of the United States, led the life of a successful jewel thief, ran with one of LA’s most notorious street gangs, the Crips, was a soldier in the US Army, before that an orphan and along the way, he invented gangsta rap. But it wouldn’t be rap music that would threaten his career - it would be hardcore music, particularly the song “Cop Killer” from his band, Body Count. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Establishment strikes back in this second installment of the Rolling Stones time in Swinging London. UK pop star Donovan is busted, a precursor to the Stones Redlands bust. Mick Jagger is in jail looking at hard time. The tabloids and the coppers are in league to bring down the disruptive Rolling Stones while the myth of Keith Richards is born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Want to hear the story of Jim Morrison progress? Subscribe to the 27 Club feed by searching “27 Club” on Apple Podcasts, the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts. 27 Club episodes are not available here in the Disgraceland feed. They are only available in the 27 Club feed.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
London was swinging. Keith Richards was in jail. The Kray Twins were menacing about. Brian Jones was on too much LSD. Aristocrats were tripping over themselves to hang out with the Rolling Stones. England was smitten. The London Establishment was freaking out and the Stones’ manager wanted to know one thing: Would you let your daughter marry a Rolling Stone?  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Few pop artists achieved the dizzying creative and career highs that Prince did. An artist who famously stayed away from drugs and most anything that would cause him to lose control, Prince was aided in his legendary musical output by a small army of creative alter egos, who helped him maintain control and helped him reign supreme as one of the greatest pop musicians of all time, until of course, all control was lost. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
In the late seventies, Studio 54 was the place to be for musicians and celebrities alike. John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and others all famously hung out at the notorious club where hedonism was part of the venue’s allure. The success of Studio 54 was sudden and massive, resulting in mountains of cash, cocaine, jealousy, revenge, an FBI raid and an ironic ending for one of its owners. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Did you or a loved one just graduate and miss out on a commencement and graduation speech? Or do you just love great advice rooted in an undeniably effective rock ’n’ roll ethos? Either way, you need to hear DISGRACELAND’s Jake Brennan dispense career advice to the class of 2020 through the lens of Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters’ legendary tour rider. Want to succeed in you career? Then be more like Dave. This content was originally published Friday May 15 as part of iHeartRadio’s “Commencement: the podcast” series with speeches by others including––but not limited to––Hillary Clinton, John Legend, Bill and Melinda Gates, Smokey Robinson, Ryan Seacrest and more.   Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nipsey Hussle was more than just one of this generation’s most promising voices in hip hop. He was a social activist, a community leader and aspirational entrepreneur. His death was senseless and set off grief stricken testimonials from some of the biggest names in hip hop as well as from some of the biggest names in our culture period. It also set off a riot in the streets of Los Angeles where he came up on and was shot down on. He was taken from us too soon and we’re still searching for answers.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Ozzy Osbourne, along with bandmates, Black Sabbath invented heavy metal and throughout Ozzy’s post-Sabbath solo career he would invent new, self destructive forms of sabotage. Arrested at an early age for breaking and entering, Ozzy Osbourne refused to conform to societal norms and common decency. He would go on to be arrested numerous times and escape too many near death experiences to recount, including a plane crashing into his tour bus that would ultimately kill a dear friend and bandmate.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
27 Club Season 1 featuring twelve episodes on Jimi Hendrix is now available for you to binge in the 27 Club feed. Episode 12 launched last week and detailed the many conspiracies behind Jimi’s death. If you haven’t yet heard the season finale, it is available for you here. If you’re ready to binge the entire series from the beginning you can search “27 Club” in your podcast app to access all 27 Club episodes in the 27 Club feed, all hosted and produced by Disgraceland’s Jake Brennan. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Run DMC is directly responsible for elevating hip hop to previously unimagined heights. They took rap music into an entirely different direction and helped mainstream the genre. They were beloved as musicians, innovators and people. None more than their DJ, Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell, which makes understanding his senseless murder near impossible. Who killed Jam Master Jay and why? And why are there literally zero suspects when there were numerous eyewitnesses? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Joe Exotic, the gun toting, mullet wearing, polyamorous subject of the hit Netflix series, Tiger King was more than just a murder-minded conman. He could sing! You saw those videos. We did too. As a singer, Joe’s voice belied the tortured Everyman experience of some of the best country music crooners, hinting at deep trauma resulting from unspeakable loss, assault and violence. Most of which was for the most part, left on the cutting room floor of the popular Netflix series and is on display in this special Covid-19 bonus content episode of Disgraceland. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
(A special bonus episode of Disgraceland during this prolonged period of Covid-19 lockdown to help you pass the time.) John Denver was arguably one of, if not the biggest star of the seventies. His easy listening mainstream folk and his squeaky clean, environmentally friendly image made him a favorite in homes all across America. But was John Denver hiding a dark secret? One born of a mysterious military upbringing? A secret he would do anything to protect? A secret, he took to his early grave but that may soon see the light of day depending on numerous Freedom of Information Act court challenges?  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Little Richard is the originator. Without him it’s hard to imagine the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elton John or even Led Zeppelin. He blazed a trail through popular culture that previous to him did not exist. His music was completely original for the time, the essence of rock ‘n’ roll, filled with impassioned energy, fueled at times by large quantities of drugs and always brimming with sex. The sex, the drugs, and the party for Little Richard, it was as endless as the manic energy that drove his music and it all nearly derailed him––several times––landing him behind bars and on the wrong side of the gun.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jay Z’s career defies easy categorization. His artistry and business sense are as influenced by his past career as a drug dealer as they are anything else. Jay Z has reached unprecedented heights as an entertainer and an entrepreneur, and it almost never happened. All because of a stabbing. A stabbing that was influenced by that same street hustle that created “Jay Z”. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Post Appetite For Destruction, Guns N’ Roses defined the word “dysfunction”. As the band prepared for their follow up release, singer Axl Rose was losing a very public battle with the press while heroin and alcohol threatened to completely derail the band. Axl’s “recovered memories” continued to fuel his erratic behavior and thus he continued to drive his band closer and closer to the edge. It all came to a head in St. Louis at the infamous “Riverport Riot”. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Few hard rock bands lived the life portrayed in their songs as authentically as Guns N’ Roses. Singer, Axl Rose was driven by deep seeded demons that drove the creation of his band’s legendary debut album, Appetite For Destruction as well as his legendary bad behavior. His band was hardly any different. Nearly dysfunctional from drug use and excess, their record label feared they would all die before their first album was even released. Listen to part 1 of Guns N’ Roses saga in Disgraceland complete with highly entertaining cameos by David Bowie, Joe Perry, Mick Jagger and others. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Season 5 of Disgraceland launches March 10, 2020 with episodes on Guns ‘N Roses, Jay Z, Prince, Selena, Little Richard and more. Hosted by Jake Brennan and winner of the recent 2019 “Best Music Podcast” award by iHeartRadio and named to Apple Podcasts “Best of 2019” list for the second straight year, Disgraceland is set to explode into your ears once more with all of the crime, grime, scandal and drama you’ve grown addicted to. Check out the trailer. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
A sneak listen to the upcoming 27 Club and a Guns 'N Roses episode tease. More Manson, Rick Rubin, Oscar nominated movies, Aaron Hernandez and a homicidal reason to hate the Patriots. Plus Little Richard, Bobby Blue Bland and Jake reading the phone book. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
In the aftermath of the Manson Family murders, Hollywood was gripped with fear. Various investigations stitched together a deluded White Album-inspired explanation of the killing spree. But Dennis Wilson knew the truth; that he had made a terrible, irreversible mistake and that now, the sunny dream of the sixties was over and the nightmare it brought about, haunted him to his final days. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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Matt LaForce

i love how this shitty app makes the episodes skip at least once every.single.fucking.time.

Aug 27th
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John Austin

could you whisper a little more quiet?

Aug 12th
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Tommy Gunz

You should do more research on the "gates of Graceland" details. Of all the versions of that story I have heard, yours is the most flamboyantly askew.

Aug 4th
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Dave Winters

The pronoun thing, I know why its a big deal to some, but do people actually seek out a story, find something they like, play it, but if something is off like a he or she, does that matter in context of it just being a great story? Do the stories gain or lose value if its a man do it, or a woman? Does the story merit the listen alone, or do people seek a story out because its specifically about a trans person? Like if the narrator didn't use the preferred pronouns, would you be so angry you'd shut the podcast off? I'm not trying to start anything. I'm trying to understand it, as I'm a gen x'er and we had friends that were gay, trans, whatever but they didn't necessarily feel the need to insist everyone know about it. No, not because they would fear retribution or anything, it was something they felt didnt define them. They knew we knew, and we still loved them just as much, their friendship was equally valuable, their perspectives were just as desired, they though, as alot of us did, sex, gender, pronouns weren't what defined them. Coming up in the 80s, an era know for obliterating the gender defining stereotypes, especially in music. I mean clubs, live shows, the style was glam, the makeup was heavy, the style was hard core androgyny, everyone rocket that look. Motely Crue - Duran Duran - Hall and Oats - Cyndi Lauper - Missing Persons - Kate Bush - Boy George - Wham - Prince... ext. Back then we all knew what was going on, it wasn't something celebrated because it wasn't anything to 'accept.' It just was. Today the kids who identify as something different seem to feel the need to announce it, need everyome to know they live a different lifestyle, like its what defines their whole life. Jus wondering i guess. God bless.

Jul 25th
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Dave Winters

these are unique in that Jake has a knack for narratives and how to tell a very convincing story. I fell for this one, and the one about Jim Morrison being the zodiac killer. (I think that's what it was, im old, forgive me.) I also understand sometimes the story and delivery style will make something thats silly sound like it might actually be true, especially when you dont know much about the artists backgrounds. I know thats the brilliance of it, I was fooled into thinking Jim Morrison was an actual killer because Jim in reality was private, stoned out of his mind, and i could buy him hurting people. haha. this is the only gripe, and its more on me probably, but some people can get a little aggravated to listen to a whole episode, and find out it wasnt a really true, in that some people listening to these podcasts are hearing artist backgrounds for the first time. again, its a minor thing. overall these have been very interesting, very to the point, full of easily digestible information that keeps your attention, and delivered with a passion that NEVER bores. great work!

Jul 22nd
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Andrea Polando

oh, love this!

Jul 10th
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N Me

your writing is on point...almost rhythmic..always takes me as close to the scene without being there..fucking love it! keep up the great work & thanks 😊

Jul 6th
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Dean Stolpmann

ahhhrrrgrgggrrggrgrg!! You had me so fooled!!! (shakes fist) wonderful episode! Best one yet!!

Jun 1st
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Jonas Grumbie

I don't always like the artist he covers, but I always like the way he tells the story.

May 28th
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mia norris

that, as usual, was a wicked tale. you spin it so freakin well. thankyoy

May 26th
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Yasmine C

Great episode about the guy that sang " Take this job and shove it! I ain't a workin' here no more."

May 17th
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Bonnie Brae

Over The Edge is one of my favorite films! and so obscure not many people have heard of it.

May 8th
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Tim Stinson

This was awesome

May 4th
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Yasmine C

I'm not sure if I want to spoil it by telling you what the "worse" is. Just think of it as a contest between metalheads to be the most evil. So you killed someone? wuss!

Apr 30th
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tlc jr

There should be an award of some kind for "stuck inside of Memphis with the immobile blues again." Bravo.

Apr 29th
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Chris Jones

i loved this episode, wow, it really had me till the end!

Apr 20th
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Yasmine C

Never heard of this guy, but this sure was a riveting story. This is a well-produced podcast.

Apr 17th
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King Flippy Nips

If you can listen to this you are a better person than I am. Having to endure the droning, monotonous, too-cool-for-school narration is more than I can stomach. The content is mostly well written, so much that it could be my favorite podcast if there was someone else at the wheel. What makes it worse is something that happened this morning while I was out walking my dog, the ad break in the middle began. I didn't want to get distracted by my phone so I listened through a lengthy description of how good some brand of hair coloring is, in which he mispronounced the word "ginseng" and then when the ad came to its conclusion it started over a second time from the very beginning, the same ad! That was the final straw.

Apr 14th
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Saralysette Stauffer

fun brag moment I've met Ken Babs. he came to see a production of the late keseys one flew over the cuckoo's nest. it was the best.

Apr 12th
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Yasmine C

Great episode. Up the creep factor by listening to Lurch's "I did it to you" after. Warning: This is a very disturbing story featuring cannibalism and murder.

Apr 12th
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