October 30, 2001 Critic John McDonough recaps the spat between ASCAP and BMI that flared up sixty years ago. On this date in 1941, the 10-month long dispute had been resolved and radio was free to play songs of all sorts again. The argument was over money and who would make it writing and publishing American songs. McDonough explains why the battle between the nation's big music publishers changed American music forever.
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September 29, 2001 Reporter Jeff Lunden reports on the origins of the songs God Bless America and This Land is Your Land. Woody Guthrie wrote the latter in response to Irving Berlin's tune.
September 1, 2001 Scott talks with author Michael Azerrad about the indie rock movement. Mr. Azerrad's book is Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991 (Little, Brown).
August 31, 2001 Perhaps more than any other art form, music seems to trigger memories. And perhaps there's no time more associated with music and memories than summer. The song that played at the prom. The tune that was all over beach radio. So what's the song of the summer of 2001? NPR's Neda Ulaby went to the pool and the mall to find out.
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August 29, 2001 The first group of artists inducted into the Latin Music Hall of fame included Carlos Jobim, Perez Prado, and Joao Gilberto.
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August 26, 2001 22-year old pop music star and actress Aaliyah was killed late last night in a plane crash in the Bahamas. She already had two platinum albums and two Number-One singles before she graduated from high school. Host Lisa Simeone spoke with Steve Jones, a music critic for USA Today about the role Aaliyah played in the contemporary pop music scene.
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August 25, 2001 Jeff Lunden reports on a collaboration between rock legend Elvis Costello and mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. Their new CD is called For the Stars and it features interpretations of songs by Costello, Tom Waits, Brian Wilson and other music that turned pop and rock into art. (For the Stars is released by Uni/Deutsche Grammophon.)
August 23, 2001 Roger Miller is a musical legend. No, we're not talking about Mr. "King of the Road." This is the Roger Miller who fronted the early '80's Boston band, Mission of Burma. Today, this Roger Miller is best-known for his work with the silent film ensemble, Alloy Orchestra. But he's also a composer who creates challenging music for his current duo with drummer Larry Dersch. They call their group, Binary System. Sean Cole, of member station WBUR, reports.The new recording by Binary System is called, Invention Box.It's on Atavistic Records, catalog # ALP 127 CD.
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August 17, 2001 Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson gets a third shrine, this one in Greenwood, Mississippi. Experts think he actually is buried there.
August 16, 2001 Rock historian Ed Ward remembers Beale street 1952 the place in Memphis that launched the careers of Ike Turner, Rosco Gordon, Bobby Bland, Little Junior Parker, and B.B. King.
August 16, 2001 Host Alex Chadwick talks with artist Joni Mabe, to discover how a hard-core Elvis fan mourns the 24th anniversary of the death of the King. (2:36) Visit Mabe's Web site.
August 9, 2001 In Houston, local hip-hop acts thrive. You can find "screwed" music in any record store — "screwed" being a slowed down, draggy version of the original song. And in many of these songs, if you listen closely to the lyrics, you'll hear references to "drank", "lean" or "Barr" — all nicknames for codeine cough syrup, a drug of choice for many in the hip-hop community. They mix it with soda or juice, add some ice and sip it to get high. Guest host Melissa Block has the story.
August 4, 2001 Scott talks with Ellis Marsalis who is retiring as the director of the University of New Orleans Jazz Studies Program. He relects on teaching jazz and the music of Louis Armstrong, whose 100th birthday is today.
August 3, 2001 Host Cheryl Corley has an appreciation of the jazz legend Louis Armstrong, who's 100th birthday is being celebrated tomorrow in New Orleans. There is actually a great deal of debate over Armstrong's actual date of birth, but his impact on American popular music is indisputable. (3:20
August 2, 2001 Director of the Louis Armstrong House & Archives, Michael Cogswell. August 4th is the 100th anniversary of Armstrong's birth. The archive contains 5000 photographs, 350 pages of autobiographical manuscripts, 270 sets of band part manuscripts, 650 home-made tape recordings and more. Hear excerpts from the tapes.
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