Rock School

Series produced by KSLU

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Rock School is a weekly, insightful and energetic showcase of the music, history, laws and culture of rock-n-roll hosted by music historian Joe Burns , Ph.D. and his wife Tammy.

Rock School is a weekly, hour-long lecture by music historian, Dr. Joe Burns. No topic is off the table. In the over a decade the show has been on air, Rock School has talked about everything from simple music lists to music in society, the audio production side of the business and just about every legal area you can imagine.

Hosted by Dr. Joe Burns and his wife Tammy, Rock School is recorded and produced in Joe's home studio and sent out through Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA from the studios of KSLU public radio.


474 Pieces

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It's a well known music trope that managers often do NOT do well by their clients. In fact, it happens so often, we're going to do two shows out o...

  • Added: May 16, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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WBIJ-DB is the first digital radio station to pick up the Rock School Radio Show. Since I knew nothing about digital radio, I thought an interview...

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  • Added: May 09, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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We were in a conversation about musicians reusing their own lyrics. We found so many examples that I though there had to be a name for this. Ther...

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  • Added: May 02, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Phoebe Bridgers smashed her guitar on Saturday Night Live back in February. It was a stunt for sure but then it sold for over $100,000 at a GLAAD ...

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  • Added: Apr 25, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Just for fun, we collected a bunch of musician's appearances on Sesame Street. The sonigs are nice and short so we were able to play many more son...

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  • Added: Apr 18, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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From: KSLU
Series: Rock School
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NFT stands for Non Fungible Token. It is a method of proving that a digital thing is the first copy. It works somewhat like a Cryptocurrency. An...

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  • Added: Apr 11, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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(Please note - we usually post on Sunday but are posting this a early due to a committment - thanks) So, what was the first Music Video? I don't ...

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  • Added: Apr 01, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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From: KSLU
Series: Rock School
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This week was inspired by the Spinal Tap debut back in 1984. Once I started doing the research, there was simply a large group of bands that are b...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2021
  • Length: 58:56
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The Greatest Hits album is either loved or hated. You either get all the hits in one place or your not a real fan of the band. The funny thing is...

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  • Added: Mar 22, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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From: KSLU
Series: Rock School
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About once a year, or so, someone creates a song specifically to make a dance. The lyrics say what to do and we do it. But, what was the first? ...

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  • Added: Mar 14, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Hendrix opening for The Monkees is the benchmark of odd opening bands, but there is a reason they were paired. And there is a reason why a lot of ...

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  • Added: Mar 07, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Have you ever watched the Grammys and wondered who are the people who get to vote for this? I have the answer this week. Michael Brothers is a pr...

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  • Added: Feb 28, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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From: KSLU
Series: Rock School
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A listener to the show suggested there are a rather large group of songs that deal with Mythology, and not just the Greek stuff. This week we'll t...

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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From: KSLU
Series: Rock School
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This week in 1969, Rolling Stone made their cover story, Groupies and Other Girls. It is generally believed this is where the word came into commo...

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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How about some fun this week? What is the best use of a musician in an SNL skit? Not their music performance, but rather when they appeared in a ...

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  • Added: Feb 07, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Johnny Cash is known for having recorded albums in prison, four to be exact. That got us thinking. How many other artists recorded albums during ...

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  • Added: Jan 31, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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A music trademark? Can you even do that? Should it not be a copyright? Well, yes and no. Taylor Swift and Beyonce are trademarking their lyrics...

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  • Added: Jan 24, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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There are so many stories in the world of radio about a rogue DJ barricading himself in the studio and playing the same song again and again. But....

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  • Added: Jan 17, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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From: KSLU
Series: Rock School
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Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Devo and a long list of other musicians have sold their music catalog to a music investment company. ...

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  • Added: Jan 10, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Here is the second part of our look at the anniversaries of 2021. We do every 10 years going back from the new year. This week, we will discuss e...

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  • Added: Jan 03, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5