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Modern Musicology #76 - What Makes a Great Singer?

Modern Musicology #76 – Great Singers

What Makes a Great Singer? That’s the question that we explore this week! This episode is a recording from a live we did on our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel on Sunday, July 2, 2023. We talk about what we listen for in great singers, what part charisma and performance play in it, how

Modern Musicology #74 - The Music of 1983 Part 2

Modern Musicology #74 – Music of 1983 (Pt 2)

1983 Part 2 This week we talk about the second half of 1983 — July through December. With incredible debuts by Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Wham!, Metallica, Slayer and more, plus major releases from Yes (90125), Genesis (Genesis), Huey Lewis and the News (Sports), KISS (Lick it Up), Motley Crue (Shout at the Devil), Lionel Richie (Can’t Slow Down), John Cougar Mellencamp (Uh Huh), Paul McCartney (Pipes of Peace), Eurythmics (Touch), Duran Duran (Seven

Modern Musicology #73 - The Music of 1983

Modern Musicology #73 – The Music of 1983

1983 Shoulder pads, spandex and Return of the Jedi — it’s 1983, baby! This week we look back at one of the most important years in music, with more huge albums and singles celebrating their 40th anniversary than you can shake a Cabbage Patch Doll at. The year is SO big, in

Modern Musicology #71 - Ricky Byrd Interview

Modern Musicology #71 – Ricky Byrd Interview

Ricky Byrd This week we have the pleasure of chatting with RICKY BYRD — guitarist, songwriter, current solo artist, former member of the classic line-up of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee. In this interview, Ricky talks about learning Beatles and Stones songs off the radio as a kid, seeing bands

Modern Musicology #70 - The Music of Saturday Night Live

#70 – The Music of Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live! This week we turn our attention to one of the greatest television institutions in history — SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE — and its amazing musical legacy. We talk about some of our favorite musical performances ever (and some of the worst, too), what artists the show introduced us to that

Modern Musicology #69 - John Robb Interview

Modern Musicology #69 – John Robb Interview

This week on Modern Musicology we have the extreme pleasure of chatting with bassist, author, radio and TV presenter, journalist, DJ, publisher, and founder of Louder Than War JOHN ROBB, talking about his new book The Art of Darkness: The History of Goth, which releases in the US on Tuesday, May 16. We chat with John

Modern Musicology #68 - Rock's Greatest Comebacks

Modern Musicology #68 – Greatest Comebacks

Greatest Comebacks This week we recount the stories of the greatest comebacks ever in pop music! The discussion includes bands and artists that actively left music and then reentered the scene, as well as those who bounced back from disastrous periods in their career. Our topic ranges from Elvis (of course) and Tina (of

Modern Musicology #67 - It's a SPARKS Show!

Modern Musicology #67 – It’s a SPARKS Show!

SPARKS Show! This week, with Stephanie and Alan away for the week, the podcast is taken over by Rob and Anthony, who take the opportunity to do a deep-dive on one of their favorite bands, SPARKS! They discuss how they became Sparks fans, what they love about the band, seeing the band live, the Mael Brothers’ importance

Modern Musicology #66 - The 27 Club

Modern Musicology #66 – The 27 Club

The 27 Club There have been a shocking number of artists who have all died at the same very young age, early into what was already a hugely successful and influential career, but should have been a long and legendary career. They are The 27 Club. We discuss the major figures

Modern Musicology #62 - Tony Levin Interview

Modern Musicology #62 – TONY LEVIN Interview

Rock Legend TONY LEVIN This week we had the extraordinary honor of chatting with the legendary Tony Levin! We talk with Mr. Levin about the imminent release of the new Peter Gabriel album and his preparations for the upcoming Peter Gabriel tour. He then regales us with stories from throughout his impressive career,

Modern Musicology #61 - Gary Clark Interview

Modern Musicology #61 – Gary Clark Interview

This week we’re excited to welcome Gary Clark to the show! Gary began his career in the late 80s as frontperson of the Scottish band Danny Wilson, writing and singing the band’s 1987 international hit “Mary’s Prayer.” Throughout the 90s and 2000s, he recorded one solo album and two albums as a

Modern Musicology #60 - Punk Photographer Theresa Kereakes

Modern Musicology #60 – Theresa Kereakes

This week Alan and Stephanie — joined by Steph’s husband Bob Perry — chat with Theresa Kereakes, one of the 150 or so core members of the original LA punk rock scene. Theresa began taking photos at a very young age, and by extension, she chronicled the early LA punk scene with her camera. Her famous photos

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