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The Roundtable - Tune for Today
11:26 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Tune for Today

Our Tune for Today is "Energy" by The Apples in Stereo from their 2006 album New Magnetic Wonder co-released by Simian Records, Yep Roc Records and Elephant 6.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Paul Kantner brings Jefferson Starship to Schenectady

Jefferson Starship, with founder Paul Kantner
Credit Jefferson Starship

One of the giants of rock and roll history, Paul Kantner is celebrating his 72nd birthday the same way he has spent much of his life: on stage, performing the music of the group he helped found, Jefferson Airplane, and its successor, Jefferson Starship. So what if was longtime collaborator — collaborator underlined — Grace Slick who contended that rockers should have mandatory retirements after 50?

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Pixies' Frank Black visits Helsinki Hudson as Black Francis

Frank Black, aka Black Francis
Credit Frank Black

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Frank Black of the Pixies.


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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Swiveling hips and brains in fingertips - "Million Dollar Quartet" at Proctors

    On Tuesday December 4, 1956 at the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee - a few guys you may have heard of - Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash – had an impromptu jam session.

Million Dollar Quartet is the musical - written by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott - that brings you inside the recording studio with those four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock 'n' roll band for one unforgettable night. 

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Fri January 18, 2013

"E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band" by Clinton Heylin

      Before he was a stadium-packing megastar, Bruce Springsteen was an introvert, desperate to strike a balance between his nuanced songwriting and the heft of his backing band. Clinton Heylin’s revelatory biography, E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, chronicles the evolution and influence of Springsteen’s E Street Band as they rose from blue-collar New Jersey to the heights of rock stardom.

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The Roundtable
9:45 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Joshua James peers down from Willamette Mountain

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with singer-songwriter Joshua James, whose new album is From The Top Of Willamette Mountain.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri December 7, 2012

John Lennon's final day remembered

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Keith Elliot Greenberg, author of December 8, 1980: The Day John Lennon Died, now out in paperback from Backbeat Books.

Lennon was cut down 32 years ago this week, the victim of a crazed fan who flew to New York from Hawaii and waited for the ex-Beatle outside his home at the Dakota, where Lennon and Yoko Ono were living a mostly quiet life with their young son.

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The Roundtable
11:10 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Drugs, drink, sandwiches? The encyclopedia of rock deaths

WAMC's Ian Pickus and guest Jeremy Simmonds examine the always growing list of dead rock stars. A BBC television writer and producer, Simmonds is the author of The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, Ham Sandwiches, now out in its second edition from Chicago Review Press.

The fast-paced life of rock and roll has led to untold numbers of untimely deaths, from the tragic to the tragic-comic. The accidents, suicides, murders and overdoses have inflated the genre with an aura of mystique and melancholy, from the day the music died in 1959 to Amy Winehouse.

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The Roundtable
11:50 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Dylan Jones, British GQ editor, turns pen on pop music

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Dylan Jones, the British GQ editor and author of The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music: From Adele to Ziggy, the Real A to Z of Rock and Pop.

Jones doesn’t pull punches in his thoughtful, often hilarious and sometimes biting new book, an 800-something-page survey of all things pop that he finds worthwhile – and many he doesn’t.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Wed November 28, 2012

John Taylor from Duran Duran

John Taylor from Duran Duran joins us to talk about his new memoir, In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran.

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