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Rock and Roll High School is an interview series that spotlights some of the most important figures in the history of contemporary music. Interviews by Pete Ganbarg, President of A&R at Atlantic Records.

About Pete Ganbarg:
Pete Ganbarg is President of A&R for Atlantic Records as well as President of ATCO Records, a division of Atlantic. He joined the Atlantic Records Group as Executive Vice President of A&R in late 2008.
A 30+ year A&R veteran, Pete has also held senior A&R positions at Arista, Epic and SBK/EMI. As a publisher, Pete operates Songs With A Pure Tone and Margetts Road Music, joint ventures currently in partnership with Warner Chappell Music. Its writers have achieved multiple gold and platinum certifications over the past several years.
At Atlantic, among the artists and projects that Pete has signed and/or A&R’d are Grammy Award winning artists twenty one pilots, Halestorm and Jason Mraz; platinum and multi-platinum artists Christina Perri, Melanie Martinez, Skillet, Brett Eldredge, Matchbox Twenty & Rob Thomas, Theory Of A Deadman and Icona Pop; as well as the Original Broadway Cast Recordings of “Hamilton,” “Mean Girls,” “Jagged Little Pill,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and the Multi-Platinum Billboard #1 soundtrack album “The Greatest Showman,” the latter two of which he also co-produced.
Pete has received two Grammy Awards: the first in 2017 for his role as producer on the Original Broadway Cast Recording of “Dear Evan Hansen” and more recently, in 2021, for his role as producer on the Original Broadway Cast Recording of “Jagged Little Pill.”
Ganbarg began his A&R career in 1989 at SBK Records. In 1997, he joined Clive Davis at Arista Records, where, as Senior Director of A&R, he conceived and A&R’d Santana’s 30x platinum worldwide, nine-time Grammy-winning album, “Supernatural.”

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Rock and Roll High School is an interview series that spotlights some of the most important figures in the history of contemporary music. Interviews by Pete Ganbarg, President of A&R at Atlantic Records.

About Pete Ganbarg:
Pete Ganbarg is President of A&R for Atlantic Records as well as President of ATCO Records, a division of Atlantic. He joined the Atlantic Records Group as Executive Vice President of A&R in late 2008.
A 30+ year A&R veteran, Pete has also held senior A&R positions at Arista, Epic and SBK/EMI. As a publisher, Pete operates Songs With A Pure Tone and Margetts Road Music, joint ventures currently in partnership with Warner Chappell Music. Its writers have achieved multiple gold and platinum certifications over the past several years.
At Atlantic, among the artists and projects that Pete has signed and/or A&R’d are Grammy Award winning artists twenty one pilots, Halestorm and Jason Mraz; platinum and multi-platinum artists Christina Perri, Melanie Martinez, Skillet, Brett Eldredge, Matchbox Twenty & Rob Thomas, Theory Of A Deadman and Icona Pop; as well as the Original Broadway Cast Recordings of “Hamilton,” “Mean Girls,” “Jagged Little Pill,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and the Multi-Platinum Billboard #1 soundtrack album “The Greatest Showman,” the latter two of which he also co-produced.
Pete has received two Grammy Awards: the first in 2017 for his role as producer on the Original Broadway Cast Recording of “Dear Evan Hansen” and more recently, in 2021, for his role as producer on the Original Broadway Cast Recording of “Jagged Little Pill.”
Ganbarg began his A&R career in 1989 at SBK Records. In 1997, he joined Clive Davis at Arista Records, where, as Senior Director of A&R, he conceived and A&R’d Santana’s 30x platinum worldwide, nine-time Grammy-winning album, “Supernatural.”

    Dave Stewart (Eurythmics)

    Dave Stewart (Eurythmics)

    Our Season 2 finale episode has award winning singer, songwriter, musician, producer, innovator & Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart sharing stories about the accidental “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” opening creation, recording with Aretha Franklin, co-writing with Tom Petty, friendship with Mick Jagger and more.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Peter Asher

    Peter Asher

    GRAMMY-Award winning producer, manager, and recording artist Peter Asher joins this week to share stories from his remarkable 50+ year career in music; as half of the duo Peter & Gordon, the head of A&R at The Beatles’ label Apple Records (his first signing was James Taylor) and producing and managing Linda Ronstadt.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Peter Frampton

    Peter Frampton

    Grammy-winning guitar icon Peter Frampton joins us this week to discuss his start as a young musician alongside fellow school classmate David Bowie, opening for The Kinks and The Who at 16 with his band The Herd, playing as a studio musician on George Harrison's All Things Must Pass and of course all the stories behind Frampton Comes Alive, his legendary 1976 release that is still one of the best-selling live albums of all time.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Songwriting Legends Of The Brill Building Era: Barry Mann

    Songwriting Legends Of The Brill Building Era: Barry Mann

    Two brand new, exclusive interviews with two of the most legendary songwriters of all time - both members of the Rock & Roll and Songwriters Halls Of Fame - Jeff Barry and Barry Mann - synonymous with the iconic Brill Building era of the 1960’s but their evergreen hits continued well into the decades of the 70’s, 80’s and beyond.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Songwriting Legends Of The Brill Building Era: Jeff Barry

    Songwriting Legends Of The Brill Building Era: Jeff Barry

    Two brand new, exclusive interviews with two of the most legendary songwriters of all time - both members of the Rock & Roll and Songwriters Halls Of Fame - Jeff Barry and Barry Mann - synonymous with the iconic Brill Building era of the 1960’s but their evergreen hits continued well into the decades of the 70’s, 80’s and beyond.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    David Coverdale (Whitesnake/Deep Purple)

    David Coverdale (Whitesnake/Deep Purple)

    We’re joined by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and lead singer of Whitesnake and Deep Purple David Coverdale. Listen as David takes us from his music student days being inspired by Sly Stone & Donny Hathaway to joining Deep Purple thanks to an ad in Melody Maker, forming the iconic Whitesnake & more.

    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

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Jorma!

Can’t remember how I stumbled upon this podcast but finished the interview with Jorma Kaukonen, my favorite guitarist. Excellent!!!!

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Learn something new!

I love this podcast. It’s light, breezy and conversational but it’s not fluff. I learn something new every episode- especially loved the Debbie Gibson episode- have mad respect for a (then) teen female singer-songwriter who owns her own music! The production is seamless and the stories are wonderful. 5 stars!

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en fuego

loved the Graham Nash interview

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