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The Emergence of Bob Dylan (1 or 2 hour special)

From Paul Ingles | 01:57:55

THE EMERGENCE OF BOB DYLAN traces the incomparable artist's rise to the world stage. First hour can stand alone.

61cropped2_small Scores of great stations across the U.S. have already aired THE EMERGENCE OF BOB DYLAN and the good reviews are rolling in. "Well told, well crafted, well produced. The story telling is exquisite..." "No doubt the best documentary on Dylan, certainly of his early years..." "Insightful interviews, interesting choice of songs and a good narrative thread runs through both hours..." "What a fine tribute to one of the best singer-songwriters... I thought the song choice was exceptional..." "Being too young to have been around when Bob Dylan changed the world, I've always known that his contribution was great, but never really understood it in context. Your radio program really helped to put it into perspective" This two hour special from Paul Ingles ("The Beatles In America - 1964") and Public Radio International is still available for air. Two separate 59 minute segments, newscast compatible, one 30 second break in each. BROADCAST RIGHTS: Any Public Radio station may now carry this program. The program must be carried in its entirety or as just the first hour. Otherwise, no excerpting is permitted. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Hosted and produced by Paul Ingles, THE EMERGENCE OF BOB DYLAN traces the incomparable artist's rise to the world stage. Ingles examines the confluence of Dylan's career and that remarkable time in the American pop music landscape. In the first hour, he takes listeners on an exclusive tour of the Experience Music Project's Dylan retrospective with curator Jason Emmons and EMP Artistic Director Bob Santelli. Both hours feature several artists who crossed paths with Dylan early on. Listeners hear from Robbie Robertson of The Band, John Cohen and Mike Seeger of the New Lost City Ramblers, folk music expert Izzy Young, and others from Dylan's nascent years. Both hours contain a healthy mix of Dylan's music from this period, including both well-known and lesser-known tracks.

The Beatles In America - 1964 (2 Hours @ 59:00 or 54:00)

From Paul Ingles | 01:57:56

A lively two-hour montage of rare archival audio, concert recordings, and new interviews on The Beatles' first U.S. grand tour. Hour 1 focuses on January-February 1964 / Hour 2 focuses on the Beatles summer tour of the US in August/September 1964.

Beatleslogo_small When The Beatles arrived in the United States in February of 1964, no one could have anticipated the tremendous impact the band would have on the development of American popular music and pop culture. Paul Ingles hosts The Beatles in America - 1964 and takes listeners back to when The Beatles and America first got to know one another. This lively two-hour montage features rarely heard archival audio, concert recordings, and new interviews with fans and reporters who were swept into The Beatles frenzy. Some of the recordings featured in this program haven't been played publicly in 40 years. They are available here because of Larry Kane and Art Schreiber, two reporters who made almost every stop of The Beatle's 1964 tour and had remarkable access to the band. Their interviews capture the boys'wonder, humor, and thoughtful analysis of the madness that was swirling around them and enveloping the nation. Ingles talks with historians and authors whose enthusiasm and excitement also reflects that phenomenal time. Naturally, The Beatles in America - 1964 includes plenty of hits from that year, but in true public radio form, it also showcases lesser-heard gems from early Beatle's albums that fans wore through. Join Paul Ingles for a thrilling walk down musical memory lane. Offered to PRI affiliates only in 2004. Now available to all public radio stations. Although produced for 40th anniversary of Beatles arrival in America, no specific mention of the anniversary is made so it plays as an evergreen of that remarkable first year of America's experience with the Beatles.

Each hour has an optional 5 minute "Segment 2" which can be deleted if you need a newscast friendly hour.

The Two Sides of Sgt. Pepper: An Honest Appraisal of The Beatles' Classic

From Paul Ingles | 01:57:48

Musicians, writers and fans explore the lore and speak their minds on the Beatles' landmark album SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND.

Dsc00835_small For decades, The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has ranked highly on many All-Time Best Album lists. Celebrated as the first quasi-concept album in rock, fans and critics have long lauded the songcraft, the pioneering production sounds, and its colorful, now iconic, cover art. Some say it both reflected and drove the burgeoning youth culture through the "Summer of Love" in 1967. In more recent years, some critics have tried to cut through the mythology of the album and reconsider it in every way. Some have ranked other Beatle albums as superior to Pepper and feel the record has been over-hyped. In this two-hour special, producer and host Paul Ingles ("Everything was Right: The Beatles' Revolver" and "The Beatles in America-1964") presents a lively ride that functions as both a celebration of a landmark recording and a balanced survey of critical opinion about "Sgt. Pepper." Listeners will experience this music in a new way as they'll hear both the stories behind the creation of these memorable tracks as well as thoughtful perspectives that place the work in context. The "Pepper Panel" assembled for the show includes musicians, writers, fans and critics. Some still love Pepper. Some "have issues." It features Steve Turner, Ashley Kahn, Anthony DeCurtis, Jim DeRogatis, Greg Kot, Scott MacNicholl, Ann Powers, Deborah Holland, Richard Goldman, Jim Fusilli, Douglas Grant, Leslie Healy, Stuart Madow, Paul Zollo, Jon Spurney, David Gans, Richie Unterberger, and Howard Massey.



The White Album Listening Party: Revisiting The Beatles' Top-Seller (3-Hour / Non-Newscast Version)

From Paul Ingles | 02:57:04

Beatle fans and musicians gather to re-experience The Beatles' top-selling album, which came to be known as The White Album.

Whitealbum02_small NOTE: THIS IS THE THREE HOUR VERSION OF THIS SPECIAL. IF YOUR STATION CAN CLEAR THE TIME, WE FEEL THIS IS THE BEST EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR LISTENERS AS IT RECREATES THE EXPERIENCE OF LISTENING TO THE WHOLE ALBUM. IF YOU CAN ONLY ACCOMMODATE A TWO-HOUR SLOT, THERE IS A TWO-HOUR VERSION AVAILABLE NOW AT PRX.  THERE IS ALSO A NEWCAST LENGTHED VERSION OF THIS THREE PART SHOW ON PRX.
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November 22, 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of one of The Beatles' most remarkable releases. The two-album set was officially called THE BEATLES, but it became known forever after as The White Album. It was the top-selling of all The Beatles' albums and ranks #11 on the all-time album sales list.

Emerging from what many called their three-album psychedelic period that produced Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour and Yellow Submarine, The Beatles' White Album was a wildly diverse collection that included instant classics ("Back in the U.S.S.R", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Dear Prudence", "Blackbird"), gentle ballads ("Mother Nature's Son", "I Will", "Julia"), raucous electric rock ("Helter Skelter", "Yer Blues") amusing ditties ("Honey Pie", "Savoy Truffle", "Rocky Raccoon"), and surprising experimental tracks ("Revolution #9"). The writing and performing styles of the four individual Beatles became distinct. Many Beatle fans and historians point to the White Album as the beginning of the break-up of the Beatles. In little over a year, the band would be dissolved.

Join award-winning producer Paul Ingles for another one of his in-depth explorations of The Beatles' experience by airing THE WHITE ALBUM LISTENING PARTY. Ingles recalls being 12 years old in 1968 and listening with his best friend to this challenging and, at times, disturbing collection in the basement of his suburban Maryland home. "I knew I couldn't play this one on the family stereo upstairs," says Ingles. "A lot of the music seemed naughty, tortured and edgy." In an effort to re-create that listening experience, Ingles invited about a dozen Beatle fans into the studio to listen through to the album again and share both their memories and more current observations about the landmark music.

Among the guests are Beatle author Steve Turner who shares the stories behind each of the White Album tracks. Also, a panel of musicians help listeners tune into the musicality of The Beatles, calling attention to a certain bass line here, a drum lick there, a production trick over there. Other friends share stories of dancing to "Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da", dropping acid to "Glass Onion", or being scared to death by "Helter Skelter" and wishing for a return of the ol' mop-tops. Hour 3 even includes a special combination of both versions of "Revolution" - the fast single and the slower White Album version, mixed and mashed together, courtesy of engineer Douglas Grant. In addition to Steve Turner, Paul's guest list includes musicians Jon Spurney, David Gans, Kristy Kruger, Douglas Grant, and Rob Martinez. KUNM radio personalities Scott MacNicholl, Luciano Urbano, Suzanne Kryder, and Travis Parkin join in as well.

The program will be offered in several formats to suit your needs. They will be scripted to allow for them to run either consecutively on one hour at a time over multiple days or weeks. - A three-hour version will include full plays of nearly every song on the two albums for the complete White Album experience. - A two-hour version will include most of the best-known tracks in full and excerpts of the rest. - Both versions will be offered at 54:00 lengths to accommodate hourly newscasts. -----

Programming Suggestions:
  • November 22 marking the 50th anniversary of the UK release of the album.
  • November 25 marking the 50th anniversary of the US release of the album.
  • November 22-25 - Thanksgiving Weekend.
  • November 29 - 17th anniversary of George Harrison's Death.
  • December 8 - 38th anniversary of John Lennon's Death.
  • Throughout the November/December/New Year's Holiday Season.
  • In a Holiday or Fundraising Beatles' Marathon with Paul Ingles' other Beatles Documentaries.

A Spin Down Abbey Road (59:00 / 54:00)

From Paul Ingles | 58:59

Music writers, musicians and Beatles fans weigh in on The Beatles' Abbey Road, the album that turned out to have the last songs the band ever recorded together. It was released in September of 1969.

Beatles_abbey-road_small Award-Winning producer Paul Ingles adds another installment to his series of programs spotlighting The Beatles album releases with A Spin Down Abbey Road.  A panel of music writers, musicians and Beatles fans offer historical background on the tracks and their own personal feelings about this landmark album.  Their comments are woven through the music of Abbey Road.

Featured guests are music writers Anthony DeCurtis, Steve Turner, Ann Powers, Richie Unterberger, Jim Derogatis and Greg Kot.  Musician guests include Shawn Colvin, Glen Phillips, Richard Goldman, David Gans, Phil & Tim Hanseroth and Jon Spurney.


The Last Year In The Life of The Beatles - 1969/1970

From Paul Ingles | 01:58:01

A two-hour special that chronologically follows The Beatles through 1969 and 1970 as they record their final tracks, struggle with their company, squabble with each other, pursue other interests, and ultimately split apart.

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Although their fans didn't know it, the music The Beatles were making in 1969 turned out to be the last recordings they would ever make as a four-some.  When John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr gathered in the studio the day after New Year's that year, the last chapter of their remarkable journey began with the sometimes contentious Get Back / Let It Be sessions.  The band's business affairs began to unravel soon after and several members' minds started drifting toward getting off The Beatles' merry-go-round.  Still they managed to pull off one final masterpiece, Abbey Road, before being photographed together for the last time in August and formally closing the book on the Beatles early in 1970.
 
Award-winning producer Paul Ingles continues his documentation of The Beatles' story with The Last Year in the Life of The Beatles, a two-hour special that chronologically follows the band through 1969 as they record their final tracks, struggle with their company, squabble with each other, pursue other interests, and ultimately split apart.  Listeners will hear behind the scenes studio chatter, rehearsal takes of songs, and finished classics, mixed with informed commentary from a host of music writers, musicians and fans.  Clips from news events and other classic music from the tumultuous year that ended the 1960's will also be blended in.
 
Commentators include writers Steve Turner, Anthony DeCurtis, Mikal Gilmore, Richie Unterberger, Greg Kot, and Ann Powers, and musicians Shawn Colvin, Richard Goldman, Jon Spurney, and David Gans.

(Song List Will Be Posted Shortly)
 
Ingles has produced programs spotlighting many Beatles albums as well as documentaries on Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Shawn Colvin and Bob Dylan.  More information about his work is at www.paulingles.com.

The Beatles Finale: Let It Be (59:00 / 54:00)

From Paul Ingles | 58:59

Music writers, musicians and fans offer a track-by-track assessment of the 12th and last official Beatles album, LET IT BE, released in May of 1970.

Let_it_be_small The word had been out for about a month that the legendary Beatles were splitting up, when fans were able to buy what would be their 12th and last official release.  The cover featured an individual photo of each Beatle, bordered by black under just three words, Let It Be.  While few would consider it one of the Beatles' best, there are still some undeniable classics, good rockers and some clues to the dissolution of the most famous band in music history.

In this program, producer Paul Ingles presents the 5th in his series of programs deconstructing great Beatles albums.  His panel of musicians, music writers and Beatle fans includes: Anthony DeCurtis- writer for Rolling Stone Magazine, Los Angeles Times Critic Ann Powers, Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times, Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune, Beatle book authors Steve Turner and Richie Unterberger, and musicians David Gans, Jon Spurney, Richard Goldman and (in the 59:00 version only) Shawn Colvin.

THE BO DIDDLEY BEAT: The Music of Bo Diddley and His Disciples

From Paul Ingles | 59:01

To mark the passing of rock 'n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley, Paul Ingles hosts an hour of music from Bo's songbook as well as music from some of the many rock and pop stars who borrowed his famous beat.

Bodiddley_small This is a brand new special produced June 3, 2008. To mark the passing of rock 'n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley, Paul Ingles hosts a music-intensive hour of cuts from Bo's songbook as well as songs from some of the many rock and pop stars who borrowed his famous beat. Along with many of Bo Diddley's signature tunes, Ingles showcases music from The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, George Thorogood, Shawn Colvin, Pete Townshend, Joe Jackson, U2 and others - all who crafted songs based on Bo Diddley's famous synchopated beat. This program can be run as 59:00 or at a newscast-friendly 54 minute length. Segment A and Segment B both end with 60 second Bo Diddley music beds that can be dumped to accomodate local announcements. If no announcements, the beds can bridge to the next segment. Also available as a bonus is a 6:30 musical montage that takes the listener from the clapping Bo Diddley beat through several songs that made use of his signature rhythm. Suggested copy for 6:30 feature: INTRO: Rock and Roll Pioneer Bo Diddley died Monday, June 3 of heart failure. He was 79. In the late 1950's and early 1960's, many of his hits were characterized by an infectious beat that had its roots in West Africa but was modernized and popularized in Bo Diddley's music. Scores of musicians emulated it through the years. Many wrote and performed tunes with the familiar rhythm promiinently heard. Producer Paul Ingles collected a bunch of them into this montage to honor Bo Diddley's on-going impact on rock and pop music. OUTRO: We heard the music of Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, Pete Townshend, Bruce Springsteen, Joe Jackson, U2, Bow Wow Wow, George Michael and Shawn Colvin - all utilizing the famous Bo Diddley rhythmic beat. Bo Diddley died Monday, June 3 at the age of 79. SONG LIST for Feature: Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley Not Fade Away - Rolling Stones Magic Bus - Pete Townshend She's The One - Bruce Springsteen Sunday Papers - Joe Jackson Desire - U2 I Want Candy - Bow Wow Wow Faith - George Michael Object of My Affection - Shawn Colvin (plays out piece)

Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat (Series)

Produced by Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri

Most recent piece in this series:

Episode #656 - B.B. King

From Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri | Part of the Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat series | 59:00

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Juke In The Back #656 - B.B. KingB. B. King

 

The "Juke In The Back" pays its respects to a true musical icon, B.B. King. Riley B. King was raised on plantations as his mother was a sharecropper. He wanted to play guitar and sing on the radio like his mother's cousin, Bukka White. He moved from Mississippi to Memphis in the mid-'40s to pursue his dream and finally in 1948, Riley got his big break, filling in for blues harpist Sonny Boy Williamson on his radio program. Soon, Riley became the "Beale Street Blues Boy" and later just "Blues Boy" or "B.B" and scored his own radio show on WDIA. Matt The Cat focuses on B.B.'s first records for Nashville's Bullet Records and LA's RPM label. His early sides were cut in Memphis with Sam Phillips at the controls. After a few years of non-charting records, B.B. hit the big time with a smokin' #1 R&B hit, "Three O'Clock Blues" at the beginning of 1952. From there, he would score 3 more #1s. "Juke In The Back" features all of B.B. King's great R&B hits from 1949-1955. Many of these you never get to hear these days. B.B. had a life of accomplishments as a great ambassador for the blues. We know how great he became and on this week's program, we'll see just where he started from.

Beyond a Song (Series)

Produced by ISOAS Media

Most recent piece in this series:

Beyond a Song: Bill Scorzari (Part 2)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

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BILL SCORZARI (Part 2): PUBLISHED ON PRX 10 / 28 / 2022 - BEYOND A SONG originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by: THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB, REAL TO REELS RECORDING STUDIO, AND VISITBLOOMINGTON.COM

Beyond a Song host Rich Reardin interviews New York-based singer/songwriter Bill Scorzari. “…singer-songwriter Bill Scorzari transcends titles like songwriter or poet. He catapults past categories into a dark ruminative and ultimately life-affirming realm where folklore, memories, pain, prayer, and incantation meet.”
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Acoustic Guitar Magazine - March/April 2020 issue

"...His voice is the essential heart of his music... as it delivers his thoughtful, crafted lyrics in a way very few others could...

It is the kind of music that envelopes you. ...something that tends to bring you closer to its heart with frequent listening."
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Lonesome Highway - by Stephen Rapid / July 24, 2022

Bill Scorzari is a New York based singer-songwriter. Since 2014, he has independently released four albums to critical acclaim including, "Just the Same” (2014), “Through These Waves” (2017), Now I’m Free” (2019) and most recently, “The Crosswinds of Kansas,” released on Friday, August 19, 2022.

Bill Scorzari's songs explore the depths of the human condition and, with a life-affirming embrace, point a way through. His music is captivating and nuanced, his lyrics deliberate, intimate, compelling, and his voice enigmatic, unmistakable. Merging the familiar with the uncanny, Bill's vocal style is at times akin to spoken word, and yet remains melodic even in those extremes. That resonant and varied vocal foundation is the platform from which he narrates stories that will remind you of your own. Peruse the reviews to date and you will find comparative descriptors such as, "...perhaps Dylan or Townes could go toe to toe...," "...a modern-day Rod McKuen," "...you might want to think about Tom Waits a little...," "...Tom Waits or Malcom Holcombe, Scorzari's voice is in that neighborhood but still stands apart...," "...a little less sandpapery than Dave Van Ronk's..," "...the spoken poetry...that Sam Baker has perfected...," "...Kris Kristofferson...," "...Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young...," "Artists that have this ability are rare—Waits, Dylan, Cohen, and today’s John Moreland and Jason Isbell..."

"BILL SCORZARI IS A MASTER STORYTELLER.
HE PUTS IT TO MUSIC AND CREATES PURE MAGIC!!"
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JAY VEE MUSIC REVIEW by Jeff Vallet / July 22, 2022

Since 2014, Bill has performed at venues and terrestrial radio stations across the country and completed two national tours (“Through These Waves” in 2017 and “Now I’m Free” in 2019). He has opened for such artists as Billy Strings, Whiskey Myers, Big Country and more, and has shared bills with Sarah Jarosz, Sam Outlaw, The Dustbowl Revival, Tall Tall Trees, Seldom Scene, Frank Fairfield, Tom Marion, Zak Sokolow, Jonah Tolchin, Jenni Lyn Gardner (Della Mae), Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, Twisted Pine, and many more. Bill's performances of note include AmericanaFest 2016, and Newport Folk Festival 2019 for the “For Pete’s Sake” program curated by Chris Funk of The Decemberists.

Artists who have performed in the studio with Bill, and who can be heard on Bill’s records, include Joachim Cooder, Chris Scruggs, Kim Richey, Laur Joamets, Marie Tomlinson Lewey and Cindy Richardson Walker a/k/a "The Shoals Sisters," Matt Menefee, Kyle Tuttle, Erin Rae, Neilson Hubbard, Will Kimbrough, Eamon McLaughlin, Fats Kaplin, Michael Rinne, Danny Mitchell, Brent Burke, Juan Solorzano, Jonah Tolchin, Danny Roaman, John Estes and more.

For those who do not yet know how Bill's story began or how it has led him to the present, we invite you to read on.

On the very day that Bill was born, his dad (a preeminent New York Trial Attorney), met with the Dean of his law-school alma mater, and together, the two friends completed a “mock” application for young Bill’s immediate enrollment as a student of the law. Following in the footsteps of his proud father and role model, Bill later officially applied for admission to that very same law school, graduated, passed the New York State bar exam and, at the age of 27, embarked upon his own accomplished career as a New York trial attorney. Many years later, in 2012, when confronted with the devastating passing of his Dad, and with a new awareness of the fleeting nature of life and time, Bill felt the pull to refocus his energies and devote more of himself to his passion for creating and performing music--the very same passion that had ignited when Bill had received his first guitar as a gift from his Mom and Dad at the age of 8. Although his parents quickly discovered that 8-year-old Bill was thoroughly uninterested in learning beginner guitar-lesson songs and scales, they saw the passion that drove him to take that guitar into his own hands and figure out, on his own terms, how to play the sounds he was hearing on the recordings that he loved. Many of those recordings had been given to Bill by his cousin, who was 10 years older to the day, and played a Hammond B3 organ in a rock band from Queens, New York (the NY County in which Bill was born). They include the Beatles/Abbey Road, The Who/Live at Leeds, Simon and Garfunkel/Bridge Over Troubled Water, The Rolling Stones/Hot Rocks, Grand Funk Railroad/Closer to Home, Deep Purple/Machine Head and many others. Bill eventually formed his own band with some of the older kids in the neighborhood, which in turn led him to playing his first club gig at the age of 13. Bill's passion for music continued to grow as he explored different genres throughout his childhood, high school, college and law school years. In 2008, by day, Bill was practicing law as a trial attorney in his own law firm, and by night, he was performing with a "Classic Rock" band that included some of the original "kids" from the old neighborhood band. In 2010, he stumbled upon a Live-at-Paste recording of Justin Townes Earle performing “Mama’s Eyes.” It was a deeply defining experience, the kind of life-altering discovery that you hear people speak of as being that moment when "everything changed."

And everything did change. Completely. In the six years that followed, Bill found himself writing songs—acoustic songs, folk songs, "Americana" songs. He was writing a lot of them and there was no turning back. Around 2013, with the encouragement of Bill Herman, of Paradiddle Records (a close friend and local recording engineer/studio owner), Bill began recording his debut album, intentionally ironically titled, Just the Same. Before the album was completed, Bill performed as a solo artist in a contest, and was chosen by popular vote, to be the opening act for "Big Country" at The Paramount Theater, in Huntington, New York (a 1500-capacity concert venue). He formed a new band to accompany him for the show, and later continued performing his songs live in New York City and in the surrounding areas, both with his new band mates and as a solo artist. In 2014, two years after Bill's Dad had passed, Bill independently released Just the Same to critical acclaim. He continued performing and writing, relentlessly developing a new career path focused on music, while spending less and less time practicing law.

2014 also found Bill at AmericanaFest in Nashville, TN, which is where he was introduced to Yep Roc recording artist, Jonah Tolchin. They became friends, performed together and later agreed that Tolchin would produce Bill's second album, Through These Waves. They met many times in 2015 and early 2016, sorting through the songs that Bill had written, and finally, in November of 2016, they met again, at the famed Bomb Shelter recording studio in East Nashville, TN. There, together with musicians Joachim Cooder, Kim Richey, Chris Scruggs, Laur Joamets, Eamon Mclaughlin, Will Kimbrough, Brent Burke, other musicians, and engineer Billy Bennett, they recorded, mixed and mastered Through These Waves, in just 14 days. The album was released on March 10, 2017, a 10,000-mile national tour began, and Through These Waves jumped straight to #1 on the Americana Music Association’s Most-Added-Radio-Stations Top-50 chart, in its first week. The album later also landed on many Top-Albums-of-2017 lists, including Folk Alley and Elmore Magazine. 2017 was a good year and many more would follow.

No Depression said, "Bill Scorzari is a force. His songwriting is stellar, his picking above par and his voice fits his songs perfectly." “Tom Waits or Malcolm Holcombe... Scorzari’s voice is in that neighborhood but still stands apart. …thoughtful, cinematically shaped songs that continue to resonate after repeated listens. Yes, this is a 'must hear' for singer-songwriter aficionados." - Elmore Magazine. One such 'aficionado,' WFUV's John Platt, said, "Bill Scorzari has a lived-in voice that says, 'Listen to these songs. They spring from the earth and the ocean with an open heart and the wisdom of experience.’" “Artists that have this ability are rare—Waits, Dylan, Cohen, and today’s John Moreland and Jason Isbell….” -Lonesome Banjo Chronicles.

Bill's path forward was clear, and numerous performances followed as he continued to write new music and to wind down his practice of law.

The following year, in early 2018, Bill and Artist/Producer Joe Henry, were introduced, and over the coming months, the two discussed Bill's most recent compositions and the prospect of Joe Producing Bill's third album, Now I'm Free. As Bill's 11,000-mile national tour in support of the album, was scheduled to start in late July of 2019, they planned to start recording the album before year's end, 2018. The availability of the guest musicians who Joe wanted to bring into the recording sessions, was confirmed, and the studio and hotels were booked. Then came the devastating news of Joe's cancer diagnosis and need for treatment. The recording sessions were cancelled and rescheduled several times through the early months of 2019, after which it was agreed that Joe's energies would be best devoted to healing, rather than to continuing to try to fully engage in the recording project. With Joe's blessing and gracious offer to assist in finding a replacement to fill the Producer's chair in Joe's absence, Bill joined forces with Artist/Producer, Neilson Hubbard.

Now I'm Free, was Produced by Hubbard and recorded by Engineer Dylan Alldredge at Skinny Elephant Recording in Nashville, Tennessee, in April and May of 2019. It includes performances by Erin Rae, Will Kimbrough, Eamon McLoughlin, Michael Rinne, Juan Solorzano, Hubbard and more. The album was Mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Master Studios, also in Nashville, in June of 2019. In the following month, the tour for the album release began with Bill's July 26th, 2019, performance at Newport Folk Festival in the "For Pete's Sake" program curated by Chris Funk of The Decemberists. Guitarist, Solorzano, Cellist, Jonathan Preddice and Upright Bass player, Charlie Meunsch accompanied Bill for the landmark performance.

The 15-song, Now I'm Free album was Premiered by Billboard with an exclusive interview by Gary Graff on September 16, 2019, and was released mid-tour, on September 20, 2019. Singles from Now I'm Free were also Premiered by The Bluegrass Situation (“Treat Me Kind”) and Americana Highways (“It All Matters”). Billboard’s Gary Graff says, “Now I’m Free,” is “delicately nuanced” with “detailed arrangements.” "...Scorzari had good reason to enjoy the recording process this time around." The album performed well in the charts (coming in at #15 on the NACC Folk Chart and #8 on the Weekly Top 50 Alternative Folk Album Chart, with the single "Over Again" reaching #4 on the Weekly Top 50 Alternative Folk Song Chart), and later made its way onto many "Best of 2019" lists, including mericana Highways and Making a Scene. Now I'm Free can be heard at: → https://nowimfree.hearnow.com

Producer, Neilson Hubbard said, "Bill tears himself open on these 15 songs and leaves it all out there in plain sight. He is an open book delivering a record of astonishing intimacy... and the gravel and whispers in his voice carry a true knockout punch."

Multi-instrumentalist, Will Kimbrough who appears on the record, said, "... This is a fine record indeed."

Excerpts from the album's many press reviews include the following:

"I love this album. I’m going on record and naming 'Now I’m Free' as the best album of 2019 and I’ll stand on anyone’s coffee table and say it. ...There are poets, there are songwriters, there are painters of fine art, and there’s Bill Scorzari. The new album, 'Now I’m Free' is a bold and delicate balance of each. To say it is a thing of beauty is an understatement. ...Perhaps Dylan or Townes could go toe to toe, but my money’s on Scorzari." - Making A Scene By Viola Krouse. "Bill Scorzari scores one of 2019's finest... There may be a handful of songwriters as good as Scorzari but no one else could deliver these stunning songs. It’s even deeper and every bit as good as his last one. Bigger names will get more recognition but Scorzari’s getting there. He did play the Newport Folk Festival this year. He has my vote for Americana Album of the Year." Glide Magazine - By Jim Hynes. “This new album simply blows me away, I must say…. The lyrics are extremely important and the voice, that gritty kind of a voice... I tell somebody: Bill Scorzari is… you might want to think about Tom Waits a little, but better. I’m not saying that because you are sitting in front of me... I am really drawn to your voice... if someone hears this...hears this music, hears your new album, they are gonna know this is Bill Scorzari, because there’s not many people that have this voice and evoke this kind of emotion. The lyrics themselves, when you listen to the lyrics… yeah." Mostly Folk Podcast with Artie Martello - From the 8/25/2019 WIOX FM Radio Catskill's Cafe' Interview and Live Performance. “…That voice will make you pay attention to lyrics that can turn a phrase, make you think, or make you thankful that there’s someone out there to relate to.” Medium. “Scorzari sings, but his version of singing is more of the spoken poetry…that Sam Baker has perfected over the course of four albums and innumerable gigs. ... You listen and think, Yes—I’ve felt that…” Fervor Coulee. “A stunning work. Bill’s poetic lyrics are a frozen rope to the heart.” --Podcast interview on The Marinade with Jason Earle. “With a somber musical style and a hushed, gritty vocal that rises like the morning mist to mingle with Erin Rae’s grounded tones, ‘It All Matters’ is just outright pretty. Now I’m Free should be nominated for awards this year with its depth of grace and innovative tones; Scorzari taps into a nexus between the familiar and the uncanny.” --Americana Highways by Melissa Clarke – Song Premiere of the single, “It All Matters." “Like the songs on his last CD... the ones here are all original, deeply personal and affecting; and Scorzari’s earthy vocals, which are just a bit less sandpapery than Dave Van Ronk’s, drive them home. With any luck, this guy is going places, and chances are, you’ll want to follow along for the ride.” --The Morton Report, Americana Highways, Jeff Burger. “Like singer-songwriters, Kris Kristofferson, Leonard Cohen, and Tom Waits, Bill’s raspy baritone snarls, hisses, and whispers through his heartfelt lyrics. Sometimes leaving the melody and just speaking the words, he comes off like a modern-day Rod McKuen, sweeping us up in his narratives and wringing out their plaintive content." --WTCA 106.1 FM & 1050 AM, South Bend Tribune, Kathy Bottorf. “Singer-songwriter Bill Scorzari skates in the ether with a sort of Ry Cooder ambient dream. But his voice is absolutely of the earth with its whiskey-borne rasp. Scorzari sings in the folk tradition of those who aren't afraid to jerk a few tears but doesn't mask his intentions or pull any punches. Sometimes the man gets mean.” --Rochester City Newspaper, Frank De Blasé. “Fans of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and anyone who likes quality song writing will dig this” --Live Music News and Review, Phil Simon. “A superb singer/songwriter with an outlaw rasp and a heavy-hearted soul” --The Ripple Effect. “Wonderfully gruff and oozing with emotion and raw honesty.” --Listening Through the Lens, Rob Dickens. "Once or twice a year, an album rolls onto the scene that is quickly and widely hailed as a game-changer...musically, the real standout feature on 'Now I'm Free' is Scorzari's voice. His gruff, halting style gives his singing the kind of authentic old-timer crackliness that some male C & W and Americana artists spend half their lifetime trying to acquire--and Scorzari has it in spades... given how heart-wrenchingly sincere, complex, painstakingly crafted an album like 'Now I'm Free' is, it's definitely worth a listen... 'Now I'm Free' is not to be taken lightly. Americana-uk.com

After the "Now I'm Free" tour ended in late 2019, Bill returned to writing at home in New York, starting with the songs he had already begun creating while on the road during that tour. Ultimately, his plan was to finish writing enough songs for a new album and then return to Nashville to record them. He spent the first few months of 2020 continuing toward that end, before news of the Covid-19 pandemic began to circulate and forever changed the plans of an entire planet. With both in-person interactions and travel to Nashville no longer being an option, Bill adjusted his focus, and added to his list of immediate goals, the new task of finishing the construction of his New York recording studio, which he had been working on from time to time in prior years. During the first few months of the pandemic, Bill completed the construction of what is now known as, "First Thunder Recording Studios," in self-isolation. With social distancing and lock downs in New York and elsewhere increasing, and with no end in sight, Bill began to self-record his fourth album. The Crosswinds of Kansas, at First Thunder in May 2020 and continued recording through July of 2021. Later, when the new Covid vaccines had been approved and adopted by many, and there was a brief return to less social distancing and isolation, Bill once again drove to Skinny Elephant Recording in Nashville TN to finish the new album there. With Dylan Alldredge assuming the recording duties in August and September of 2021, the performances of guest artists Fats Kaplin (John Prine), Matt Menefee (Mumford & Sons), Michael Rinne (Miranda Lambert), Danny Mitchell (Miranda Lambert), Will Kimbrough (Emmylou Harris) Eamon McLoughlin (Emmy Lou Harris), Kyle Tuttle, Juan Solorzano, Neilson Hubbard and more, were added to the recordings that Bill had made in New York. The final recording session was completed in 2022. The new album, The Crosswinds of Kansas, was coproduced by Scorzari and Hubbard 2020 - 2022, Recorded and Mixed by Scorzari and Alldredge in NY and Nashville, TN in 2020 -2022, Mastered by Jim Demain at Yes Master Studio in Nashville, TN, in 2022 and was released on Friday, August 19, 2022. Here are some of the pre-release reviews:

"...Scorzari’s message is powerful and profound.
The raspy, emotive voice and the chanting ruminations throughout are a joy...
this listener cannot get enough of “All Behind Me Now”, “Try, Try Again”
and the eleven-minute glorious, meditative opus “Tryin’, Tryin’, Tryin’, Tryin'”.
Oh, and “Patience and Time” might well be the most tender and loving song I’ve heard this year.
...
The Crosswinds of Kansas is an indisputable triumph
and presented in a lavish, detailed CD package, which was an utter joy to review."
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Listening Through The Lens – by Rob Dickens / July 20, 2022

"...His voice is the essential heart of his music and of this album as it delivers his thoughtful, crafted lyrics in a way very few others could...

It is the kind of music that envelopes you. ...something that tends to bring you closer to its heart with frequent listening."
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Lonesome Highway - by Stephen Rapid / July 24, 2022

From New York Trial Attorney to full-time musician, Bill Scorzari makes the seemingly 180-degree transition to a new life look natural.
The captivating folk n’ roots songwriter recently released his latest track,
“The Broken Heart Side of the Road”, which is his second single from his forthcoming album, The Crosswinds of Kansasset to drop later this month. ...With the resonating acoustic guitar strums and banjo lines prominent in the mix, along with a goosebump-inducing fiddle, the whole package resonates with deep down-home fervor.”
Music Mecca by Morgan Brady / August 2, 2022

"...The Crosswinds of Kansas? Another level. ...Each song envelops the listener, sharing its secrets and truths... Man, to have been gifted such concise wisdom... I’ve not discovered many albums the quality of The Crosswinds of Kansas this year.
I think that speaks more about Bill Scorzari than it does to what I’ve been listening to.
A masterful creation…”
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Fervor Coulee by Donald Teplyske / August 4, 2022

"Singer, songwriter, Americana hypnotist Bill Scorzari effortlessly captivates with his forthcoming 'The Crosswinds of Kansas'... If you're familiar with his work at all, this will come as no surprise." " ...Scorzari’s vocals immediately grab hold of your attention with this or any of his previous work, bleeding with honesty and conviction while gravelly capturing your imagination... The mixed textures of Crosswinds spellbind ...will have you diving into the lyrics, the assemblies, and contributions of each of the thirteen tracks. ...in a testament to the collective artistry and vision of Scorzari and supporting fifteen musicians. ...Bill Scorzari is more than Americana or some offshoot of country. ...He is a songwriter, years from now the next mainstream rock success will reference as a turning point discovery in their life. To review Bill Scorzari seems counter-intuitive. Scorzari’s music reflects against your own experiences... It makes sense to the roads you’ve travelled and the emotions you’ve felt. It is precisely that connection that makes Bill Scorzari more than a singer-songwriter, he is a modern gem and deserves to [be] recognized as such. The Crosswinds of Kansas is no exception, it is yet another exhibit to reinforce the sentiment. ..."
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NANOBOT ROCK / August 12, 2022

"The Crosswinds of Kansas… from New York–based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Bill Scorzari… may be his best yet. That’s saying plenty given the excellence of such earlier efforts as 2017’s Through These Waves and 2019’s Now I’m Free. Scorzari’s raspy vocals... add weight to his wise, poetic lyrics and contrast beautifully with the album’s frequently sweet-sounding music… Songs like “All Behind Me Now” and “Inside My Heart” will have you hanging on every word and wondering why Scorzari isn’t famous yet."
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AMERICANA HIGHWAYS by Jeff Burger / August 12, 2022

Bill Scorzari has done it again. This writer finds it remarkable that the New York-based singer-songwriter and former trial lawyer could produce works as strong as his 2017 Through These Waves and 2019 Now I’m Free but his Crosswinds of Kansas is every bit their equal and maybe just a tad better. We throw around terms like a “songwriter’s songwriter” and Scorzari fits that to a tee. ...a blend of prose and poetry put to music, a Walt Whitman of sorts for our times. …”
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Glide Magazine BY JIM HYNES / August 18, 2022

Musical selections include: Oceans in Your Eyes, Not Should've Known, A Ghost My Hat and My Coat, Broken Heart Side of the Road, Tryin' Tryin' Tryin' Tryin'

For more information, visit BEYOND A SONG.COM

Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye To Kerouac (EDITED language version w/ ID break)

From Sue Zizza | 59:00

Takes place August 1964 as Keroauc is packing to move to Florida ( edited language version ) ----- for unedited explicit language version go to --- http://www.prx.org/pieces/24856

Jackcoverforprx_small Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac written by Patrick Fenton, is directed by award winning audio dramatist Sue Zizza, and takes place at the end of summer 1964. Based on a recording that was made in Kerouac's Northport, Long Island living room, as he and his mother, Memere, pack to leave for St. Petersburg, Florida - the place where he would finally end his many road journeys - this play blends the reality of that last night with other moments in Kerouac's life to create an image of an artist in transition. On this last night in New York, as Jack hosts a going away party for himself, he thinks back to the America he saw, riding alongside Neal Cassady, as they drove back and forth across the US. Throughout the beer-soaked night, Jack reflects back on fame, the fame he tried unsuccessfully to hide from in Northport, and a cultural shift taking place in America that has him worried that his time has come and gone. As the memories play through his mind, Jack also receives a series of soul-searching phone calls from his daughter, Jan, who is desperate to connect with the man she believes is her father. Scenes from Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac were recorded on location at Gunther's Tap Room in Northport, NY - one of Jack's favorite haunts - and features music by Composer David Amram, who scored the 1959 Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Neal Cassady film "Pull My Daisy". Narrated by Len Cariou, Jack's Last Call is an honest portrayal of, and an elegy to, the man who wrote On the Road, which helped to shape a generation and a nation. "Great writing, excellent audio mix and effects...a superb piece of work." ~ Tom Lopez - ZBS Foundation. "This play shows Jack at a difficult time in his life, and it does it with a rare understanding of how he tried to deal with the dilemma of unwanted celebrity while finding a way to continue pursuing his goals as an author. Fenton has created a moving portrait of a unique artist, rather than another dreary "Beat" stereotype. Bravo!" ~ David Amram, Composer.

The Beat Goes On - "On the Road" at 50 (Series)

Produced by 90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR News Station

Most recent piece in this series:

The Beat Goes On - part 5

From 90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR News Station | Part of the The Beat Goes On - "On the Road" at 50 series | 09:09

Default-piece-image-2 Fifty years after the publication of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," the definitive novel of the Beat Generation still enthralls readers with its call to the road. Charles Sennott of The Boston Globe heard the invitation for the second time in his life, and took it. In this five-part series he retraces the path of "On the Road's" Sal Paradise across America. Arriving in San Francisco for the final part of our series, Sennott is unexpectedly introduced to Carolyn Cassady, an intimate of Kerouac, and the widow of Neal Cassady, upon whom the character Dean Moriarty was based. In a rare interview, Cassady, herself the model for the character Camille in "On the Road," offers revealing glimpses into Kerouac's life and work. Each segment is designed as a drop-in to NPR's Morning Edition segment E. Included here are scripts for suggested host intros and tags. The total duration of each piece with intro and tag is ~7:15 and there is plenty of great music to fill under the rest of the segment.

Jan On Jack

From Marjorie Van Halteren | 06:34

Jan Kerouac delivering her own poem to Jack over his own poem 30 years previously.

Jan_small This piece brings together a poem the late Jan Kerouac recorded late one night at WNYC in the mid-1980's - it's a response to the poem read by Jack from the WNYC archives recorded in 1959.Two rare pieces of tape that were made for each other. Produced for Hearing Voices, originally aired on Studio 360.

Two Wheels to Nowhere - Episode 1

From Aengus Anderson | Part of the Two Wheels to Nowhere series | 30:20

From San Francisco, California to Kanab, Utah by way of the Salton Sea.

Two Wheels to Nowhere is a seven-part series that weaves together the story of one man's motorcycle journey around the United States with the voices of people he met along the way. It is a conversation about people's greatest sources of excitement and concern—a conversation that ultimately explores how different Americans face the unknown.

Ep1_copy_small This is a story of America told through snapshots of excitement and fear. Over the course of three months, Aengus Anderson rode his motorcycle around the United States and asked 166 random Americans the same two questions: what is the most exciting thing in your life? What is the most concerning thing? From beauty shop owners in Cairo, IL to contractors in rural South Carolina, a common theme emerged, one that spanned a cultural divide. From the left to the right, Americans expressed an uncomfortable feeling that something fundamental was off balance. Some worried about an environmental collapse, others a spiritual one, but their underlying disquiet was the same.

Two Wheels to Nowhere is a mix of interviews with a first-person travel narrative, a story that winds its way across American landscapes, both physical and cultural. It explores ideas through counterpoint and finds common ground in unlikely places. It is a story of choices, changes, and facing the unknown.

Artist Profile Charlie Sexton

From KUT | 02:28

In another installment of the series ‘Austin Aces’ featuring Austin artists making a mark on the "world stage", Texas Music Matters’ David Brown profiles Charlie Sexton-- a former child prodigy who’s gone from recording hit singles, to helping others make music.

Charlie_sexton_small Charlie Sexton, son of the Austin music scene, learned how to play guitar in the shadow of some of the city's most beloved players and by age 13 he was considered a local prodigy. Soon he was making his major label debut and went from being a successful solo artist to one of Rock & Roll's most-wanted "Guns for hire" working with artists from David Bowie to Bob Dylan. He's recently re-joined Dylans' band, and continues to produce CDs for many artists.

This short piece offers a glimpse into the extraordinary career of this Austin musician making a mark on the "world stage". Produced by the Texas Music Matters journalism unit at KUT Austin.

The R&B Chronicles - Jerry Butler

From WHRV | Part of the The R&B Chronicles series | 59:34

Historical look at R&B Music

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Perhaps more than any other genre of popular American music culture, soul music is the result of the combination and merging of previous styles and sub-styles in the 50's and 60's. At it's inception soul music combined the African American concepts of gospel and blues sensibilities in creating a passionate, soulful and musical presentation of the African American spirit. Rhythm and Blues is itself a combination of blues and jazz and developed in the 40's as small groups of predominately African American musicians built upon the blues tradition which morphed itself into soul music coming into the 50's. "The R&B Chronicles" is a weekly musical biography that will focus on classic R&B and soul music and feature many of the great artists and groups.... such as Otis Redding, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Earth, Wind and Fire and many more. "The R&B Chronicles" airs Friday evenings at 7pm on 89.5 WHRV-FM. Hosted and produced by Jae Sinnett.

The R&B Chronicles -Valentines Day Special featuring The Delfonics & The Dells

From WHRV | Part of the The R&B Chronicles series | 59:27

Historical look at R&B Music

Chronicles1_small Perhaps more than any other genre of popular American music culture, soul music is the result of the combination and merging of previous styles and sub-styles in the 50's and 60's. At it's inception soul music combined the African American concepts of gospel and blues sensibilities in creating a passionate, soulful and musical presentation of the African American spirit. Rhythm and Blues is itself a combination of blues and jazz and developed in the 40's as small groups of predominately African American musicians built upon the blues tradition which morphed itself into soul music coming into the 50's. "The R&B Chronicles" is a weekly musical biography that will focus on classic R&B and soul music and feature many of the great artists and groups.... such as Otis Redding, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Earth, Wind and Fire and many more. "The R&B Chronicles" airs Friday evenings at 7pm on 89.5 WHRV-FM. Hosted and produced by Jae Sinnett.

The R&B Chronilces - The Temptations

From WHRV | Part of the The R&B Chronicles series | 59:57

Exploration of R&B Music

Temptations_small Perhaps more than any other genre of popular American music culture, soul music is the result of the combination and merging of previous styles and sub-styles in the 50's and 60's. At it's inception soul music combined the African American concepts of gospel and blues sensibilities in creating a passionate, soulful and musical presentation of the African American spirit. Rhythm and Blues is itself a combination of blues and jazz and developed in the 40's as small groups of predominately African American musicians built upon the blues tradition which morphed itself into soul music coming into the 50's. "The R&B Chronicles" is a weekly musical biography that will focus on classic R&B and soul music and feature many of the great artists and groups.... such as Otis Redding, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Earth, Wind and Fire and many more. "The R&B Chronicles" airs Friday evenings at 7pm on 89.5 WHRV-FM. Hosted and produced by Jae Sinnett.

The R&B Chronicles - New Birth

From WHRV | Part of the The R&B Chronicles series | 59:33

Historical look at R&B Music

Newbirthindexpic_small Perhaps more than any other genre of popular American music culture, soul music is the result of the combination and merging of previous styles and sub-styles in the 50's and 60's. At it's inception soul music combined the African American concepts of gospel and blues sensibilities in creating a passionate, soulful and musical presentation of the African American spirit. Rhythm and Blues is itself a combination of blues and jazz and developed in the 40's as small groups of predominately African American musicians built upon the blues tradition which morphed itself into soul music coming into the 50's. "The R&B Chronicles" is a weekly musical biography that will focus on classic R&B and soul music and feature many of the great artists and groups.... such as Otis Redding, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Earth, Wind and Fire and many more. "The R&B Chronicles" airs Friday evenings at 7pm on 89.5 WHRV-FM. Hosted and produced by Jae Sinnett.

The Beat Goes On - part 1

From 90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR News Station | Part of the The Beat Goes On - "On the Road" at 50 series | 07:46

Part 1 of 5

Default-piece-image-2 More than fifty years after the publication of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," the definitive novel of the Beat Generation still enthralls readers with its call to the road. In this five-part series Charles Sennott of The Boston Globe retraces the path of "On the Road's" Sal Paradise across America. Part one finds Sennott in Lowell, Massachusetts, which has come to hold Kerouac in the same high regard as the author had for the city of his birth. It is here in Lowell that Sennott hears the invitation fto the road for the second time in his life, and takes it. Each segment is designed as a drop-in to NPR's Morning Edition segment E. Included here are scripts for suggested host intros and tags. The total duration of each piece with intro and tag is ~7:15 and there is plenty of great music to fill under the rest of the segment.

The Beat Goes On - part 2

From 90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR News Station | Part of the The Beat Goes On - "On the Road" at 50 series | 08:32

part 2 of 5

Default-piece-image-2 Fifty years after the publication of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," the definitive novel of the Beat Generation still enthralls readers with its call to the road. Charles Sennott of The Boston Globe heard the invitation for the second time in his life, and took it. In this five-part series he retraces the path of "On the Road's" Sal Paradise across America. In part two, Sennott begins his trek across the heartland in Des Moines, Iowa, where he finds out how "On the Road" speaks to today's generations. Each segment is designed as a drop-in to NPR's Morning Edition segment E. Included here are scripts for suggested host intros and tags. The total duration of each piece with intro and tag is ~7:15 and there is plenty of great music to fill under the rest of the segment.

An Angel-headed Hipster's Howl

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide | Part of the RN Documentaries series | 29:30

Fifty year's after the publication of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" and its subsequent obscenity trial, poets and friends look back at its origins, impact and relevance today.

12962017_small In early October 1957, American poet Allen Ginsberg was hanging out in Amsterdam jazz cafes. At the same time in San Francisco, a Federal Court judge ruled that his poem "Howl" was not obscene. The work became a rallying cry for the movement known as the Beat Generation with it's famous opening line: "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness...". Fifty years later, with more than a million copies in print, Howl continues to inspire artists and activists. David Swatling explores the origins of one of the most celebrated and controversial poems of the 20th century and discovers it?s striking relevance to the world today?

Quirks & Quarks: Episode March 28

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | Part of the Quirks & Quarks series | 53:00

Canada's weekly national science program

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9½ Technologies That Could Change the World.

Fifty years ago, we could hardly imagine the technologies that have shaped our world today. Things like passenger jet travel, personal computers and the Internet, the cell phone, the communications satellite, gene sequencing, the pacemaker - just to name a few. Well, on Quirks & Quarks, we're going to try to extend this list into the next fifty years. We're looking at nine-and-a-half technologies that could change the world. Technologies such as nuclear fusion, intelligent batteries, sustainable agriculture, solar power, humanoid robots and quantum computers, among others.

"Mutabaruka: Jamaica's Original Dub Poet "

From Dred-Scott Keyes | 59:14

Dred-Scott Keyes and Bernard White interview Jamaican poet Mutabaruka.

Outcry_small While African-Americans are credited with inventing rap music, it was Jamaican artists like U Roy and I Roy who began that musical phenomena. A dub poet is a  poet  who has set his or  her words to music, Jamaican  style. Dred-Scott Keyes and Bernard White  interview Mutabaruka, Jamaica's original dub poet.

 

"Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae"

From Dred-Scott Keyes | 57:21

Producer Dred-Scott Keyes converses with photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker and her husband, writer Jeff Walker about their collaboration in producing the new book "Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae, 1975-1976"

Bob_prx_photo_small Producer Dred-Scott Keyes converses with photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker and her husband, writer Jeff Walker about their collaboration in producing the new book "Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae, 1975-1976"