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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 Ma… read more

87 Episodes | 2017 - 2020

Disgraceland Season 1 Trailer

August 24th, 2017


DISGRACELAND is a new true crime podcast about musicians getting away with murder and behaving very badly. Jerry Lee Lewis’ 5th wife? Dead. Sam Cooke 3AM in a seedy motel? Dead. Sid and Nancy? Dead. Why? Because …

Jerry Lee Lewis: The Killer and Getting Away With Murder

February 13th, 2018


The night before, Jerry Lee Lewis’ 5th wife died, she made a phone call to her Mom. She told her that she was thinking of leaving the rock and roll …

Sid Vicious: Love Kills... Even a Mother's Love?

February 20th, 2018


It’s long been believed that punk rock icon, Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose. However, new evidence suggests that his overly affectionate and increasingly dependent mum gave him a fatal hotshot in a final, …

Sam Cooke: An Insatiable Libido and a Justifiable Homicide

March 5th, 2018


Sam Cooke was a lot of things: soul superstar, civil rights champion, whip smart entrepreneur but he was also a serial womanizer with an unbridled …

Norwegian Black Metal: Satanic Rebellion, Murder and Worse

March 20th, 2018


Never has there been a more extreme form of musical rebellion than Norwegian Black Metal. The genre’s founding band, Mayhem, its sister act, Burzum and supporting cast of musicians with names like, Necrobutcher, …

Van Morrison: Astral Weeks, Movement and Murder

April 3rd, 2018


In 1968 Van Morrison was hiding out from the New York City Mafia in Boston, Massachusetts. Recently the victim of a physical attack from a Genovese crime family member, Morrison was desperately trying to piece together …

Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes: Hit Me Again and I'll Burn Your House Down

April 17th, 2018


TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was known as “the crazy one”. She did, after all, burn down her NFL playing boyfriend, Andre Rison’s mansion. But given the fact that it was done after what was then one of many domestic …

The Rolling Stones: Sleeping With the First Lady and Trafficking Heroin

May 1st, 2018


In the 1970s, the world regarded The Rolling Stones as an insular band of hedonistic and glamorous pansexual junkies. But all of the trouble they’d …

Tay-K: A Nationwide Manhunt and Art Imitating Life

May 15th, 2018


The Arlington, Texas rapper was involved in two killings by the time he was 17. Arrested on murder charges and placed under house arrest until …

Bob Marley: Rasta Vigilante

May 29th, 2018


Bob Marley is known as the peace and love reggae superstar but the truth of who he really was is a bit more complicated. After gunmen raided his …

Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.: The Media Did It

June 12th, 2018


Who killed Tupac? Who killed Biggie? The answer has been right there out in the open for years. This episode looks at the lives and deaths of both rap superstars, the east coast/west coast beef and the media’s …

Michael Alig: If a Club Kid Kills, Stuffs the Body in a Box and Tells The World About It Will Anyone Listen?

June 19th, 2018


In March 1996, “King of the Club Kids”, promoter Michael Alig, after appearing on TV’s Geraldo and on the cover of New York Magazine, bashed his friend and DJ, Angel Melendez in the head with a hammer, who died quickly. …

James Brown: Papa's Got A Brand New Bag... Of Meth.

June 26th, 2018


What happens when the hardest working man in show business takes a break? Idle hands are indeed the devil’s workshop. This episode will detail James Brown’s scorching career as well as the scorching high speed chase he …

John Lennon (Part 1): "John Lennon, I'm going to kill you, you phony bastard."

July 10th, 2018


John Lennon was a walking contradiction: a violent pacifist and a creative genius marred by creative inconsistency. He was gunned down just as he was …

John Lennon (Part 2): “The phony must die, said the catcher in the rye”

July 10th, 2018


John Lennon was a walking contradiction: a violent pacifist and a creative genius marred by creative inconsistency. He was gunned down just as he was …

Motley Crue: Sex, Drugs And Holy Sh*t, How Are These Dudes Still Alive?

July 17th, 2018


Motley Crue frontman, Vince Neil totaled his Ford Pantera on a beer run and took the life of his friend Razzle Dingley, drummer for Hanoi Rocks in …

Frank Sinatra: Frankie Is the Reason... That the Presidents Dead

July 31st, 2018


Frank Sinatra had it all. Then lost it all. Then got it all back tenfold. He was a man of extreme talent, confidence and insecurity. And he had …

Johnny Paycheck: Pardon Me, I've Got Someone to Kill

August 14th, 2018


Lots of country music stars wear the black hat but none of them wore it with more authenticity than Johnny Paycheck. Johnny Cash may have bragged about shooting a man “just to watch him die” but Johnny Paycheck actually …

Brian Jones: To Be On Your Own Like A Sinking Stone

August 28th, 2018


Brian Jones invented “The World’s Greatest Rock ‘N Roll Band”, The Rolling Stones but would find himself kicked out of that band just a few years …

GG Allin: Live Fast, Die

September 11th, 2018


GG Allin, the notorious transgressive punk rocker pushed the limits further than anyone before or after him. For GG, there were no limits. No laws. He lived and performed well outside the boundaries of the mainstream …

Marvin Gaye: Father, Father There’s Too Many of Us Dying

September 25th, 2018


Marvin Gaye was born into a God-fearing home to a sweet, wholesome mother and crossdressing, philandering, pentecostal preacher who ruled his …

Keith Moon: Rockstar Excess and a Dead Chauffeur

October 9th, 2018


Keith Moon of the Who was the prototype for rock drummers. Both onstage and off. His drumming was wholly unique. Like his bandmates behavior, it was …

Big Lurch: Hip Hop Cannibal

October 16th, 2018


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 …

Rick James: Superfreak, an Understatement

October 23rd, 2018


Rick James may have been born into a life of crime but he was determined to make his way in life through music. He intimidated George Clinton, inspired Prince and more than likely saved Jim Morrison’s life. Rick James …

Spade Cooley: Jealousy, Torture, Murder

October 30th, 2018


Spade Cooley was one of the Postwar America’s biggest celebrities and most talented musicians. He was also a violent, drunk and homicidal psychopath …

Disgraceland Season 3 Trailer

February 20th, 2019


Kurt Cobain - dead. Courtney Love - insane. Snoop Dogg - acquitted. Ike Turner - abusive, addicted, imprisoned, overdosed, and, quite possibly, the …

Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love 1: No Direction Home

March 14th, 2019


Kurt Cobain is a celebrated and defiant icon of Generation X. His wife, Courtney Love was once the most hated woman in America. Courtney like Kurt, …

Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love 2: Suicide Samurai

March 19th, 2019


Grunge, grief, the Grateful Dead and a “teenage whore.” Part 2 of the Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love story picks up with Courtney’s ascent and the …

Snoop Doggy Dogg: Murder Was The Case

March 26th, 2019


Snoop Dogg, aka Calvin Broadus has worn many hats. Inmate, pimp, Martha Stewart’s BFF: But in 1994, Snoop was the biggest name in hip hop yet his career was about to be derailed just as it was taking off due to the …

Ike and Tina Turner: The Inventor and Queen of Rock ‘N’ Roll

April 2nd, 2019


Ike Turner very well may have invented rock ‘n’ roll and his wife, Tina Turner, one of the most electrifying entertainers to ever take the stage may …

The Grateful Dead (Part One): Freedom is just another word for…

April 16th, 2019


The Grateful Dead became one of the most influential bands of all time and propelled themselves with improvisation, LSD and an ethos of “freedom”. …

XXXTentacion: Mellow Beats and Ultra Violence

April 30th, 2019


XXXTentacion was one of Generation Z’s most talented hip hop stars but his ascent was marked by violence and drama; beatdowns, beefs (what’s up, …

Amy Winehouse: Rehab, the Muse and a Rare Talent

May 14th, 2019


Rehab, arrests, fights, hitting on Prince Harry, dramatic stage breakdowns, slagging off the press, Amy Winehouse was a rockstar’s rockstar and she was also one of the greatest musical talents of the past 20 years. Her …

After Party 1 (Mini Episode)

May 21st, 2019


Amy Winehouse and XXXTentacion news. Live show preview. Johnny Cash preview. Brian Jones lookback.

Disgraceland After Party is a bi-weekly mini-spinoff show that looks at Disgraceland episodes, news surrounding …

Johnny Cash: Pills, More Pills and Playing With Fire

May 28th, 2019


Johnny Cash took no shit. Was a total original. Could maneuver that big baritone around a ballad or a rave up like nobody’s business. He also burned …

Elton John interviewed by Jake Brennan for Icons

May 30th, 2019


Jake sits down with Elton John to discuss his new film, Rocketman for the pilot episode of iHeartRadio's new podcast, Icons: Intimate, incredible conversations with the most famous creators and artists of our time. …

After Party 2 (Mini Episode)

June 4th, 2019


How the Elton John Interview Happened, Courtney Love, Cardi B, Slick Rick, Big Lurch and More. 

Disgraceland After Party is a bi-weekly mini-spinoff show that looks at Disgraceland episodes, news surrounding Disgraceland …

Slick Rick: Hustle, Iconic Flow and a Menacing Tormentor

June 11th, 2019


Slick Rick has one of the most iconic voices in hip hip history. His style is completely his own and his success owes as much to his delivery as it does to his hustle. Slick Rick worked hard to get to the top and once …

After Party 3 (Mini Episode)

June 18th, 2019


Tommy Lee and Courtney Love Beef, Guns ‘N Roses Deleted Scene, Varg Vikernes Gets Booted and More. 

Disgraceland After Party is a bi-weekly mini-spinoff show that looks at Disgraceland episodes, news surrounding …

Jim Morrison: Zodiac Killer Qu'est-ce Que C'est

June 25th, 2019


This is a bonus episode of Disgraceland that is satire and not true crime. Originally released on April 1, 2019 as an April Fools joke, this episode …

After Party 4 (Mini Episode)

July 2nd, 2019


Jim Morrison, More Amy Winehouse and more Cardi B, Fleabag, Friends and More.

Disgraceland After Party is a bi-weekly mini-spinoff show that looks at Disgraceland episodes, news surrounding Disgraceland subjects, …

Cardi B: Bondage, Beatdowns and Big Ass Beats

July 9th, 2019


Cardi B is one of the biggest artists on the planet and one of the most successful female hip hop artists of all time. She is accused of two counts …

After Party 5 (Mini Episode)

July 16th, 2019


Marilyn Monroe, More Cardi B, The Rolling Stones in exile, the Grateful Dead and more.

Disgraceland After Party is a bi-weekly mini-spinoff show that …

The Rolling Stones: Fugitives in Exile

July 23rd, 2019


Gun fights, heroin trafficking, burglaries, kidnapping threats, intra-band infidelity and the greatest rock ‘n’ roll record ever made, Exile on Main …

After Party 6 (Mini Episode)

July 30th, 2019


After Party 6 (Mini Episode): Quentin Tarantino, Cardi B as Robert De Niro, Disgraceland Season 4 and more.

Disgraceland After Party is a bi-weekly mini-spinoff show that looks at Disgraceland episodes, news surrounding …

Disgraceland Season 4 Trailer

September 18th, 2019


Disgraceland Season 4 Trailer

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N.W.A (Part 1): Street Hustle, Reality Rap and Culture Shifting Violence

September 26th, 2019


N.W.A, the self proclaimed, “most dangerous group in America” were seen as violent, thuggish, profanity spewing criminals but they had nothing on …

N.W.A (Part 2): Beatdowns, Band Beef, Death Row and LA on Fire

September 26th, 2019


Part two of the N.W.A story finds the group dead center in America’s crosshairs due in part to their own violent behavior and at a crossroads …

Led Zeppelin: Dark Power, Cocaine, Backstage Brawls and Heavy Metal Magick

October 1st, 2019


Led Zeppelin were the biggest band on the planet. The great white shark of the seventies. They defined excess. The designed the avatar for the heavy …

Motown Records: Pimps, Prostitutes, the Detroit Mafia and the Sound of Teenage America

October 8th, 2019


Motown Records is one of the most successful musical industry endeavors or all time. The music and the megastars Motown produced; Smokey Robinson, …

Iggy Pop: Mad Artistry, Mental Wards, and Gaping Chest Wounds

October 15th, 2019


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 …

Madonna: Music as Sex and Sex as Power in the Reign of the Queen of Pop

October 22nd, 2019


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 …

Big Lurch: Hip Hop Cannibal (special Halloween re-release)

October 31st, 2019


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 …

Eminem: Taking His Shot, Pulling a Glock, and Facing the Real Slim Shady

November 5th, 2019


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 …

Whitney Houston: Cracks in the Mirror, Crack on the Mirror, and One Fateful Choice

November 12th, 2019


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 …

After Party 7 (Mini Episode)

November 19th, 2019


Eminem, 1969, Iggy Pop, A$AP Rocky, Things I Don’t Like (spoiler: negativity), Jennifer Aniston, Billy Crudup and Sam Shepard.

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A$AP Rocky: Love Sex Dreams/LSD and Locked Up Overseas

November 26th, 2019


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 …

The Rolling Stones at Altamont: Bikers, Blood, and the End of the Sixties

December 3rd, 2019


The Rolling Stones, the most dangerous band on the planet, envisioned their free concert at the Altamont speedway outside San Francisco as the …

After Party 8 (Mini Episode)

December 11th, 2019


Top 5 Disgraceful Christmas Movies, Charles Manson, The Beach Boys, Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ and Joe Pesci for president.

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The Beach Boys (Part 1): An Endless Summer, LSD, Orgies, Charles Manson and a Steve McQueen Man-Crush

December 17th, 2019


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 …

The Beach Boys (Part 2): An Endless Bummer, More Manson, Hollywood Paranoia, On Stage Fist Fights, Incest, Cocaine and the Pacific Ocean Blue

December 19th, 2019


In the aftermath of the Manson Family murders, Hollywood was gripped with fear. Various investigations stitched together a deluded White Album-

After Party 9 (Mini Episode)

January 23rd, 2020


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 …

Disgraceland Season 5 Trailer

March 4th, 2020


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 …

Guns N’ Roses (Part 1): Brawling with David Bowie, Juvenile Delinquency, Dealing Dope and Two Dead at Donington.

March 10th, 2020


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 …

Guns N’ Roses (Part 2): Real life Rocket Queen, Raging Press, Recovered Memories and the Riverport Riot

March 17th, 2020


Post Appetite For Destruction, Guns N’ Roses defined the word “dysfunction”. As the band prepared for their follow up release, singer Axl Rose was …

Jay Z: Street hustle, a Nightclub Stabbing, a Near Drug Bust and the God MC

March 24th, 2020


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 …

Covid-19 Disgraceland Programming Check In

March 26th, 2020


Checking in. Here to help and keep you entertained and hopefully shine light on different ways we can all help one another get through this extremely …

Little Richard: Sex and the Duality of the King and Queen of Rock ‘N’ Roll

March 31st, 2020


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 …

John Denver: A Folk Singer, a Sniper and America’s Darkest Day

April 1st, 2020


(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 …

Joe Exotic: Tiger King, Budding Country Star, Confidence Man Extraordinaire

April 7th, 2020


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 …

Run DMC: Innovation, Evolution and the Mysterious Death of Jam Master Jay

April 14th, 2020


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, …

Ozzy Osbourne: The Prince of Darkness, Randy Rhoads’ Plane Crash and the Saving Grace of a Strong Woman

April 29th, 2020


Ozzy Osbourne, along with bandmates, Black Sabbath invented heavy metal and throughout Ozzy’s post-Sabbath solo career he would invent new, self …

Nipsey Hussle: A Crenshaw Murder, Community Activism, Rollin ‘60s and Lost Potential

May 12th, 2020


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 …

Jake Brennan Interprets Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters’ Tour Rider in His Commencement Speech to 2020 Graduates. It’s the Commencement Speech WE ALL Need Right Now

May 19th, 2020


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 …

Studio 54: Disco Decadence, a Dead Body and Bags of Cash

May 26th, 2020


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 …

After Party 10 (Mini Episode)

June 2nd, 2020


A Studio 54 throwback, a sneak peek at Prince, reviewing the reviews with Citizen Critic. Getting weird with Dave and taking in the scene with a gangster lean with Love and of course, me reading the phone book.

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Prince: Control, Ecstasy, Dark Funk and Fentanyl

June 9th, 2020


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 …

Rolling Stones (Part One): Swinging London, a Prison Break, East End Gangsters and the Anti-Beatles

June 23rd, 2020


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 …

The Rolling Stones (Part Two): Swinging London, Keith and Stolen Jewels, Princess Margaret Way Too High, Busted at Redlands and More

June 30th, 2020


The Establishment strikes back in this second installment of the Rolling Stones time in Swinging London. UK pop star Donovan is busted, a precursor …

Ice-T: Crip Rhymes, a Cop Killer, Thieving Jewels and Inventing Gangsta Rap

September 15th, 2020


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 …

Content Update and Fall Check In

September 16th, 2020


With so much going on during this insane year, Disgraceland checks in to keep you sorted on all the crazy rockstar content coming your way and how to make sure you don’t miss out on anything.

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Chet Baker: Heroin, Romance, Missing Teeth and the James Dean of Jazz

September 29th, 2020


Chet Baker, with his natural talent, unique voice and beautiful looks was known as “the James Dean of Jazz.” He was also a savage junkie and part …

The Grateful Dead (Part Two): The Ballad of Pigpen and Old, Weird America - an Origin Story

October 13th, 2020


Bootlegging whiskey, acid tests, grass, and songs about murder. The origins of the Grateful Dead are fascinating and not what most people think. Born …

Introducing Dead and Gone

October 15th, 2020


Dead and Gone, a podcast about missing and murdered Grateful Dead fans, is hosted by Jake Brennan and Payne Lindsey and premieres October 15th, 2020. …

Introducing "The First One" with DJ Khaled

October 19th, 2020


"The First One," hosted by DJ Khaled, is a new interview podcast that goes behind the scenes with the world's biggest musical stars—artists like L'il Wayne, J Balvin, Big Sean, Jon Bon Jovi, and more— to learn more …

Special Re-Release - The Grateful Dead (Part One): Freedom is just another word for…

October 20th, 2020


The Grateful Dead became one of the most influential bands of all time and propelled themselves with improvisation, LSD and an ethos of “freedom." …

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