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The Bottomless Pit

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For October 18

by Marshall Crenshaw
Paul Revere and The Raiders, circa 1967

On tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, I'll pay tribute to two heroes of rock who, as of October 4 and 5, are no longer among the living and breathing: Paul Revere, of Paul Revere and The Raiders, and record producer, excellent human being and friend of mine, Lou Whitney. The 1965-68 incarnation of Paul Revere and The Raiders was one of the greatest rock and roll bands to ever walk the Earth. The band's history is a long and deep one and on this tonight's show, I'll salute that history and the departed person whose name is on it.

Lou Whitney was fun to be around, very sharp and interesting. He knew what it was all about and was one of a kind. He produced dozens of great records, some of the best I've ever heard.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For October 11

by Marshall Crenshaw
Victoria Williams (courtesy of

On last week's "The Bottomless Pit," I ended up feeling like I'd just gotten started with my tribute to drummer Idris Muhammad, since some of my favorite tracks by him are 10-14 minutes long. So tonight at 10, I'm carrying on with more of him. He passed away on July 29, 2014. Last week I also played some remarkable tracks, with incredible musical accompaniment, by spoken word artist David Greenberger. The combination of David's stuff with Idris' stuff seemed really perfect somehow, so we'll have more David G. this week too. And after four weeks, the show is still on a Victoria Williams binge of indefinite duration. So in other words, this week it'll be exactly the same artists as last week; I'll go a little deeper into their superb catalogs. And please support WFUV—and "The Bottomless Pit"—during the station's fall member drive by contributing online at

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For October 4

by Marshall Crenshaw
Idris Muhammad

At 10 on "The Bottomless Pit," an overdue tribute to one of the greatest of the greats and one of my favorite musicians of all time: jazz, soul and funk drummer Idris Muhammad (November 13, 1939 – July 29, 2014). Born as Leo Morris into a musical family in New Orleans, Idris had a sound, style and groove that was utterly distinctive. Hearing Idris Muhammad play the drums makes me want to say, "God Bless America."

Also, we'll hear some of the remarkable recorded works of my good friend David Greenberger, of Duplex Planet fame. It's very moving stuff, and he always works with brilliant musicians. "The Bottomless Pit" is still on a Victoria Williams binge of indefinite duration, so we'll hear at least something from her ... and it'll be great.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For September 27

by Marshall Crenshaw
David Johansen (photo by Montecruz Foto, Creative Commons)

On tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, we'll explore the vast, diverse and magnificent musical legacy of the great David Johansen. As a songmaker and song stylist—whatever name he's using or whoever he's working with—David is one of the best there is. And as an entertainer, David is somebody who really knows how to take people on some kind of trip.
So we'll dig him this week, and we'll hear a little bit more from another of the all-time greats, Victoria Williams.

I'm playing her music on the show every week until further notice.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For September 20

by Marshall Crenshaw
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels

On tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, I'm still dealing musically with my recent road trip out West. In the Joshua Tree area of California I saw an old friend, Victoria Williams, and over the next few weeks I'll be playing some of her remarkable and singular music on the show. Her records are a real treasure trove, that's for sure. But the most of the show this week, about 65% of it, will feature the music of the great Mitch Ryder, which is way more eclectic—and there's much more of it—than many people realize. I read Mitch's autobiography during my trip. It's one of those books where you have to wash your hands every time you put it down, but I was moved by it, dug it. And likewise for his music that I heard for the first time after reading.