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From Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, and Bruce Headlam. The musicians you love talk about their life, inspiration, and craft. Then play.

Broken Record with Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam Pushkin Industries

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    • 4.4, 102 Ratings

From Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, and Bruce Headlam. The musicians you love talk about their life, inspiration, and craft. Then play.

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4.4 out of 5
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

the edinburgh commuter ,

Broken Record

I commute to the office by running to and from my car parked 5 miles out of the city centre- trouble is I live in Edinburgh, Scotland- the weather is not clement-particularly now as we approach winter....and yet the prospect of listening to c. 37 mins of this podcast running in the cold, dark and rain- made me look forward to it! So good.

smteale ,

Just a collection of interviews

When this podcast was conceived it seems to me that Gladwell et al. expected that it would be similar to the music episodes of Gladwell’s fantastic Revisionist History podcast. There’s one on the song Hallelujah, one on Bobby Braddock and one on Elvis’ Are You Lonesome Tonight to name a few. Each of these episodes digs deep into a small niche - the history of one song usually - and Gladwell tells the story so well.

As you can tell from the original Eminem episode of this podcast, when putting this together it seems Gladwell had a similar vision - take a music legend and tell a story using elements of their catalogue. This format works because we, the listener, get a new insight/perspective on an artist or song which we may well already have known. The assumption here is there must be countless great stories to tell about certain songs or projects.

It seems the reality is not so simple. Rather than an in-depth look at a certain character in the music industry which is carefully crafted to tell us the story behind some of their greatest work, we get a set of interviews with living legends.

Don’t get me wrong, these are good interviews. The problem is that they are just that. Where is the analysis? Where is the story that Gladwell is usually so good at weaving into his narrative? It’s somewhat there in that the interviewer (often not Gladwell himself) asks questions about songs in chronological order, but beyond that it’s really just another interview, and there are countless interviews of each of these stars out there.

What made the Revisionist History music episodes so good was the way that Gladwell span you a yarn and analyzed each of the Greats through their songs and histories. Unfortunately we do not have more of the same.

Listening to great musicians tell you about their greatest hits is definitely a worthy listen, but it’s a long way from what I was expecting from this podcast.

Dgodsi7 ,

London commuter

I genuinely look forward to this podcast each week, the real talk on all things music, the inspirational stories and performances, Eminem, Nile Rodgers and of course, el hefe - Rick Rubin, all wrapped up in a bow by Malcolm Gladwell. All I can say is, thank you, and can we get another 6 seasons???

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