Jim Dawson


Jim Dawson has written half a dozen books on early rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues, including “What Was the First Rock ‘n’ Roll Record?” (1992, Faber & Faber), as well as over 100 album liner notes. He also wrote the 1999 top-selling “Who Cut the Cheese? A Cultural History of the Fart?” (Ten Speed Press), “The Compleat Motherfucker: A History of the Mother of All Dirty Words” (2009, Feral House), and “Los Angeles’s Bunker Hill: Pulp Fiction’s Mean Streets and Film Noir’s Ground Zero!” (2012, History Press). He is the co-host of The Ian Whitcomb Show on Wednesday nights.

  • Philosophy: Ian and I play a mix of truly eclectic music, from British Music Hall and 1920s Tin Pan Alley to blues, rockabilly, and 1950s pop. We have no problem mashing up Al Jolson, Vera Lynn, Muddy Waters, and Nervous Norvus.
  • Five artists you will probably hear: Helen Shapiro, Buddy Holly, George Formby, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and Ethel Waters–and of course Ian Whitcomb.
  • When not DJing, I can be found watching old movies at the American Film Institute (where I work in the Catalog of American Feature Films) or drinking hot coffee or ice tea the Astro on Fletcher.
  • Secret superpower: I can make fart noises by rubbing the palms of my hands together.
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