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.


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Around graduation time, universities love to give away Honorary Doctorates to people who have achieved a great deal in life. Many are musicians an...

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  • Added: May 24, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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There have only been 44 songs that have sat atop the Billboard Hot 100 for ten weeks or more. We have the list. What is most fun is coming across...

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  • Added: May 19, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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The streaming services are not under the 1st Amendment thus they can silence and artist by taking down their music. Should they? We have examples...

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  • Added: May 12, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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You have probably heard musicians say they hear or were given their song in a dream. It has happened so often that we have a long list for you thi...

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  • Added: May 05, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Back on March 8 a college student named Riley Strain left the Luke's 32 Bridge bar in Nashville. His body was found approximately two weeks later....

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  • Added: Apr 28, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Michael Jackson's son Blanket is suing his grandmother over her spending the family inheritance on legal fees. It is only one of many families who...

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  • Added: Apr 21, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Now that Beyonce has put out a country album, many are praising her for changing music genres. However artists have been doing it all long. Here ...

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  • Added: Apr 14, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Usually we do not get the opportunity to offer updates to stories we cover on the show. Until now. Here are updates to ten of the bigger music st...

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  • Added: Apr 07, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Arianna Grande is upset with her fans for deciphering her latest album and then punishing those they feel have harmed the singer. She said she mig...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This week back in 1992 Bruce Springsteen released two albums on the same day, March 31. Has this happened before or since? We have a list for you.

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  • Added: Mar 24, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This week back in 1958 Elvis went to the Memphis Draft Board and signs up for the Army turning down the chance to work for Special Services. From ...

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  • Added: Mar 17, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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From: KSLU
Series: Rock School
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As AI progresses there have been calls for protections largely unheeded. So now come the lawsuits. There is a long list and some seem to have teeth.

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  • Added: Mar 10, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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It used to be that artists wanted to go platinum. Now they are racing to a Billion. It is the new platinum.

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  • Added: Mar 03, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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It only comes around every four years so we need to do something with Leap Year day February 29. Here is our take.

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  • Added: Feb 25, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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There are a lot of bands that have not had a number one hit. What is interesting is how close some bands came without ever hitting the top. We ha...

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This week back in 1981, Rush released Tom Sawyer and all anyone could talk about was Neil Peart's drum work. For fun, I asked the internet for oth...

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  • Added: Feb 11, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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There is a portion of Copyright law that is starting to come due. It states that if 35 years pass that you can petition for your copyright to be r...

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  • Added: Feb 04, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Yes, we are a little late with the topic but here are some of the big predictions found around the internet discussing 2024 and the future of music.

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  • Added: Jan 28, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
From: KSLU
Series: Rock School
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This week we speak with author Darren Paltrowitz about his new work, DLR Book, How David Lee Roth Changed the World.

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  • Added: Jan 21, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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2024 is a year of many anniversaries and one big birthday. The Fender Stratocaster is 70 years old. We will look at the history and why it contin...

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  • Added: Jan 14, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6