This week, critically acclaimed rock n’ roll true crime podcast Disgraceland explores the disappearance and mysterious death ofRick Philp, the guitar player on Van Morrison’s landmark creative statement,Astral Weeks. Philp’s death came as Morrison was hiding out from the NYC mafia in Boston following a physical attack by a member of the Genovese crime family. Disgraceland pieces together the story using a multitude of sources, including the recently released and critically acclaimed book Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968 by Ryan Walsh(available now via Penguin Press). Listen to the episode at disgracelandpod.com.
Previous Disgraceland episodes explore the mysterious death of Jerry Lee Lewis’ fifth wife, Sid Vicious’ heroin overdose, Sam Cooke’s death in a Los Angeles hotel, and the extremes of Norwegian Black Metal. Upcoming Season One episodes include Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’ arson of NFL player boyfriend Andre Rison’s mansion and premature death, the Rolling Stones’ 1977 Canadian embroglio, the nationwide manhunt for rapper Tay-K, the deaths of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G., club kid and promoter Michael Alig’s murder of friend Angel Melendez and James Brown’s arrest and sentencing for drugs, firearms and leading police on a high speed chase. Season Two of Disgraceland kicks off in July, with 12 episodes featuring Lil’ Kim, ZZ Top, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Rick James and many more.