Dr Joe Burns hosts an insightful and energetic showcase of the music history and culture of rock-n-roll
Rock School - 09/19/21 (Decoding Dylan)
"This week we speak with author Jim Curtis about his new book, Decoding Dylan Making Sense of the Songs That Changed Modern Culture. Curtis is an academic who has studied Dylan from his history through his lyrics and down to his chord progressions. It is quite thorough and quite interesting."
Rock School - 09/12/21 (Poorly Attended Concerts)
"All too often, when a concert is poorly attended, it is made fun of. However, used correctly, it can be a learning experience to work on your performance. To connect better with the audience and to ponder why the show was not well attended. It is also a test of a bands mettle. Do you punish the audience or do you put on a great show for those that did indeed attend?"
Rock School - 09/05/21 (YouTube Content ID)
"If you have ever posted content to YouTube that contains music, there is a good chance you've had a ContentID interaction. You could have received a strike or a Takedown Notice or even had your entire site taken down. What started out as a method of copyright protection has become something people do not like because too often it is being abused by publishing companies. We will try to explain it all."
Rock School - 08/29/21 (Band Fan Bases)
"You have heard of the KISS Army, right? That is what KISS fans call themselves. But did you know that other bands and musicians also have nicknames for their fan base? It is not just a few. We have pages and pages of them. Like Slipknot? You are a Maggot. Like Green Day? You are an Idiot. Like Gary Numan? You are a Numanoid. Like 21 Pilots? You are part of the Skeleton Click. It goes on. Hopefully we mention your favorite band."
Rock School - 08/22/21 (Biz Markie Lawsuit)
"In the 90s, Biz Markie was a popular rapper with a top 10 hit. Then he used the song Alone Again by Gilbert OSullivan. He was sued not only for copyright but for theft. The lawsuit sent shockwaves through the Rap community. It is said that 1000s of songs are sitting on shelves because the samples made them too expensive to release. And it is all because of this one lawsuit. We will tell you then entire story."
Rock School - 08/15/21 (Deep Fake Audio)
"What is the future of music? Could it be music made only for you, by a computer that knows and monitors you? THat way it plays you the exact music you want at that time. New songs by bands that broke up or members are dead. A computer made a new Nirvana song. A new Queen song. Does it sound impossible? It is happening right now."
I CAN’T STOP LISTENING!!!
Production, information and entertainment all top notch!!!
Stick to the music.
I have listened to this usually entertaining podcast for more than a year, but the recent episode about COVID and concerts has turned me OFF. Co-host Tammy’s pseudo-medical advice is not only wrong, but deadly. You should apologize to your listeners for giving this bull a voice.
FANTASTIC Show… when the feed works
This show is very well-produced and the hosts work great together. They've done a show a week for almost 5.5 years as of January 2013, no repeats/reruns and no missed weeks even through hurricanes. I've learned a LOT of music trivia thanks to them. The only two 'cons' are that they often have trouble keeping their RSS feed functioning and will fall months behind on publishing them here. In those cases you either wait or you download them directly from their website. The other annoyance is that one of the hosts has a PhD in Communications or a related field and cannot accept admitting when he's wrong about a music fact. Seeing that this is a volunteer hobby for him and the show is free, I'm quite willing to accept such a character flaw.