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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

75 Episodes
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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
In the summer of 1968, the Beach Boys’ drummer Dennis Wilson invited a hippie guru and his grungy harem to squat in his Pacific Palisades home. Dennis was the handsome California surfer that his brother Brian wrote all those hit songs about, while the hippie cult would soon be infamous the world over as the Manson Family. What happened when the Wilsons met the Mansons would forever change Dennis, the band, and American history itself. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Top 5 Disgraceful Christmas Movies, Charles Manson, The Beach Boys, Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ and Joe Pesci for president. Learn more about your ad-choices at
The Rolling Stones, the most dangerous band on the planet, envisioned their free concert at the Altamont speedway outside San Francisco as the triumphant capstone to their 1969 tour: a west coast Woodstock, and a celebration of free love and hippiedom. But the festival, thrown together in under seventy two hours and with security managed by Hell’s Angels paid in beer, was fated for a tragic and violent end... just like the ‘60s itself. Learn more about your ad-choices at
A$AP Rocky’s upbringing; Harlem, Riker’s, and his own instincts and sense of history informed his world view: A view that included not only a healthy respect for the healing powers of LSD but also to want no part of the political maelstrom surrounding our cartoon president, Donald J. Trump. The bottling and selling of American outrage, for Rocky was a race to the bottom, a distraction. Despite my own distaste for Trump and for all politicians, I respect Rocky’s decision to attempt to ascend above the fray. The irony is that A$AP Rocky’s own behavior led him straight into the political fray; jailed in an international incident and in the end, in need of the unlikeliest of political allies to help him escape. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Eminem, 1969, Iggy Pop, A$AP Rocky, Things I Don’t Like (spoiler: negativity), Jennifer Aniston, Billy Crudup and Sam Shepard. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Whitney Houston was The Voice. A stunning beauty. An early MTV star and leading actress. But when she passed away in a hotel suite bath, the music industry gala downstairs that she was supposed to attend went on without her. How did it all come to this? The drugs and her husband Bobby Brown weren’t answers, just ways to avoid the question: what was the private tragedy of Whitney Houston? Learn more about your ad-choices at
On a single Saturday in 2000, Marshall Mathers assaulted two separate men with a pistol and fought with his wife outside a nightclub, resulting in lawsuits and charges that hung over the completion of his original trilogy of albums. For that one day, the rap persona Slim Shady had escaped into the real world. How had Slim Shady come to be, and why had he gotten out? Learn more about your ad-choices at
Big Lurch, didn’t just rap about standard hip-hop culture; he rapped about serial killers like Jeffrey Dahmer and horror movie villains like Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger, and in the process contributed to a sub-genre of hip-hop called, “horrorcore.” He also smoked way too much PCP. So much so that he could not separate his horrorcore lyrics and the horror movies he watched from reality. The result? Unspeakable. Not just murder. Cannibalism. This is a special Halloween re-release of the Season 2 episode on Big Lurch Learn more about your ad-choices at
Madonna always knew her life would be art. She rose through the late 70s New York scene reinventing pop iconography and feminism alike. But whether it was Toronto police threatening her for indecency, her short-fuse husband, Hollywood bros exploiting her charisma, or far worse, Madonna learned quick: the world doesn’t know what to do with a truly free woman. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Iggy Pop pushed rock further than anyone before him, committing to live acts of sex, sickness, and rumored suicide on stage. From his cocaine fueled bromance with David Bowie, to his search for inspiration in the voodoo rituals of Haiti, Iggy Pop never just crossed the line between art and madness. He bled all over it, and danced on the stains. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Motown Records is one of the most successful musical industry endeavors or all time. The music and the megastars Motown produced; Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and the Jackson 5 defined a generation. But that success is marred by rumors. Rumors that the record label and its innovative owner were controlled by the quote unquote black hand of the white American mob. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Comments (357)

tales from the punchbowl podcast

joe exotic did not write or even sing the songs. it has been proven

Apr 8th

Natalia Mendez

I'm soooo glad they used Saff's correct pronouns on this show! They totally misgendered him in Tiger King.

Apr 7th

Math Robs

Are these episodes factual? They sound heavily dramatised.

Apr 5th

Dustin Cox

I'm really not feeling this Podcast with the censorship

Apr 4th

N Me

oh you MF'er! you continue to be a true rock star Mr. Brennan!! thanks for this, much needed while in isolation. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Apr 1st

Cameron Demille


Apr 1st

alli lent

sorry but you're so wrong about Yoko. he was all these awful things long before she entered his life.

Apr 1st

Cobra 7

When it's April 1st and your music is so boring they make you Kennedy's killer...

Apr 1st

alli lent

Straight outta Compton is an album? I thought it was a movie?

Apr 1st

Rob Clarke

Whats the deal with the beeping..

Mar 31st

Melinda Smith

Love your podcast!

Mar 14th


It’s been a while since Jake Brenner was actually doing disgraceland again! WTF I am thinking that with everything that he’s got going on he doesn’t have time for what actually got him the notoriety in the-first place. Thanks for your new stuff it’s great but I’m not sure what is going on with the original D Thanks

Mar 4th

janet lopez

I really love this podcast but its really annoying me everyone he uses the word "cheese" for music. please stop saying that. it makes me want to forward through every intro. I know I'm not the only one extremely annoyed by this

Mar 3rd


Are there any episodes without that distracting,ugly,and jarring tone that plays randomly in the first episode? This is why I gave up listening to the podcast the first time! otherwise it's great.

Mar 2nd

Kristine Gallagher

why the background music? Just talk.

Feb 26th

Mike Lorenzen

I really enjoy the 27 Club, but I'm eagerly awaiting more Disgraceland..

Feb 19th


there's an e error around 37min

Jan 30th

Leslie Nelson

Damn! Great!

Jan 16th

Jarrod Gatzke

v. ??

Jan 8th
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Dave Winters

how ya gonna do subject matter on an artist whose music you dont enjoy. especially after we had to listen to the xxxtaticion episode or whatever his name

Jan 1st
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